Showcasing the UK’s latest innovations in processing and packaging machinery, PPMA Total 2016 will run over three days from 27-29 September, and has well in excess of 300 exhibitors scheduled to take part.
Following on from the success of last year’s show — which saw more than 7,500 people visit the NEC — this year’s event sees the inclusion of the Total exhibition.
Total will focus on a wide range of materials, containers and packaging design companies, as well as playing host to companies specialising in pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment and engineering solutions, says PPMA, which has taken sole ownership of this year’s exhibition.
Not all visitors are UK based, creating more export links for British businesses
Andrew Yates, sales director for Endoline
The show also incorporates Pakex and Interphex, and aims to provide businesses across the packaging design and pharmaceutical sectors with an opportunity to reach the right decision makers and showcase how their solutions can address a number of packaging and processing challenges.
Speaking ahead of the show’s return, Andrew Yates, sales director for line packaging business Endoline, says: “The PPMA Show 2015 was an extremely busy show – one of the busiest in years.
“Not all visitors are UK based, creating more export links for British businesses, which is good. There was a good quality of visitors and a chance to deal with existing customers too. It’s a great way to promote the company and meet new people and decision makers.”
Labelling systems will be a major focus of this year’s show, with several coding equipment manufacturers presenting new kit.
For example, feeding systems firm Rotech is launching a new pouch feeding and coding system that is designed to personalise codes at twice the speed of its current offering.
According to Rotech, the standalone vacuum feed overprinting system enables pouches to be coded at speeds of over 80-a-minute off-line, with a print area of up to 200mm wide, before they are filled with product.
By coding offline in flat form manufacturers can overcome issues like coding awkward pack corners, or when it’s difficult to present the pack squarely and consistently to the coding device, Rotech says.
“At PPMA Total 2016 we are showcasing how our coding machines can assist the food, pharmaceutical, medical or DIY markets maintaining high quality coding at high speed, while future-proofing their investment as pouch and packaging trends continue to evolve,” says Chris Baker, director at Rotech.
The PPMA Total Show brings together buyers and sellers at one of the most visually dynamic exhibitions of the latest processing and packaging machinery, materials, industrial automation and vision innovations
Grant Jamieson, chairman of the PPMA Group of Associations
Meanwhile, Interactive Coding Equipment will launch two new features for its Vulcan print and apply labeller at this year’s show. These features, the company explains, will enable the machine to apply labels to the front of a moving pack, or across adjacent panels of a case or shrink-wrapped product to allow information to be seen in various orientations.
The system incorporates a secondary pneumatic roller wipe to ensure full adhesion of the label around the corner and side of the product. For front-of-pack applications, the system uses a robust, pneumatically-controlled arm applicator, the company says.
Weighing products developed for packaging in the food and drink industry will also be a highlight of the show. Test and measurement specialist HBM will be exhibiting its range of dynamic and batch weighing products.
According to HBM, the ‘Easy to Clean’ PW25 and the aseptic PW27 range of load cells have been developed to meet the strict hygiene regulations required in production.
The load cells, which are designed for use in filling systems and packaging plants, in multi-head combination weighers and static scales, are hermetically encapsulated and housed in stainless steel, making them compatible with all cleaning agents and disinfectant agents, HBM says.
“The PPMA Total Show brings together buyers and sellers at one of the most visually dynamic exhibitions of the latest processing and packaging machinery, materials, industrial automation and vision innovations,” says Grant Jamieson, chairman of the PPMA Group of Associations.
“Attended by thousands of quality buyers and industry experts, this event is not to be missed.”
Exhibitors and visitors to the show will also have the chance to discover more about PPMA BEST (Business Education Skills and Training).
The charity, which was established by the PPMA Group in 2014, is designed to encourage young people to enter and develop a career in engineering within the processing packaging, robotics, automation and industrial vision supply industries through education, training and support.
The show will also play host to an awards ceremony, which will be held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on the first night of the show.
Comedian Andy Parsons will compere the event, which brings together 400 industry leaders.
Award categories include: most innovative processing or packaging machine, which is sponsored by Omron; most innovative automation system of the year, which is sponsored by the British Automation & Robot Association; and apprentice of the year, which is sponsored by Festo.
The show also boasts a line-up of seminar speakers and show features. Headlining this year’s seminar programme will be Francis Maude, who previously served as the minister of state for trade and investment.
Maude will present the opening address at the show, which will include a focus on the outlook of British manufacturing in the wake of the EU referendum. As a major proponent of the government-led ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign, Maude will also speak about a series of events set up across the UK in 2016, to ensure small and medium businesses get the support they need with exporting goods.