B&R Industrial Automation Sponsors 6th Annual PACK Solutions Challenge

October 8, 2014

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B&R Industrial Automation Sponsors 6th Annual PACK Solutions Challenge

Reston, Va.; Oct. 8, 2014 — PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is proud to announce B&R Industrial Automation is sponsoring the sixth annual PACK Solutions Challenge at PACK EXPO International 2014, co-located with Pharma EXPO (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

The PACK Solutions Challenge is an annual student contest where teams from PMMI Partner Schools research and develop a real-world packaging solution.

This will be the fourth consecutive year B&R Industrial Automation Corp. has sponsored the PACK Solutions Challenge, says B&R President Marc Ostertag.

“The students who compete in the PACK Solutions Challenge are our industry’s future,” he explains. “And that future is coming faster than ever, with ongoing advances in automation, packaging and processing technologies. The Challenge exposes contestants to the skills they will need to excel in their careers and enable their employers' business strategies. B&R sees this as a win-win situation."

The 2014 challenge comes from the fictional “Ray’s Premium Pet Food Company,” which is requesting proposals for a dedicated line to package and ship its new retail-ready line of all-beef jerky treats. The students begin their research with resources on packexpointernational.com and follow up with exhibitors on the show floor.

The proposals will address several requirements for Ray’s Premium Pet Food Company:

  • Automated system capable of rapid changeover
  • Consideration of overall floor space requirements
  • Comprehensive list of all equipment including manufacturer’s specs

This year’s teams hail from Cal Poly State University, Clemson University, Purdue University–Calumet, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin–Stout and Virginia Tech. Each participating school will receive a $2,500 donation from the PMMI Foundation to support their packaging program. The PMMI Foundation is supported by proceeds from fundraising events including the Packaging Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony and the PMMI Foundation Golf Tournament at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

Students will present their proposals to a panel of end users on Tuesday, Nov. 4, and the winners will be announced that evening, during the Packaging Hall of Fame, at 5:15 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, adjacent to the show.

PMMI’s Foundation will provide scholarships to the winning teams. First place team members will share $4,000; second place, $2,000; third place, $1,000.

As part of the Challenge, students will prepare poster presentations of their solutions that will be displayed beginning Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Education & Workforce Development Pavilion. Attendees and exhibitors can vote for their favorite solution as the “People’s Choice” award winner. All voters will be placed in a drawing to win a new iPad. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced after PACK EXPO.

“We appreciate the continued sponsorship and support of B&R Industrial Automation as well as the time and dedication of the judges,” says Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI.

To learn more about PACK EXPO International 2014, and to register, visit www.packexpointernational.com. Admission to the show is $60.

For more information about the PACK Solutions Challenge, contact Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI: [email protected] or 571.612.3195.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 650 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, packexpo.com, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: PACK EXPO International 2014, Nov. 2–5 (McCormick Place, Chicago); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014; PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 16–18, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10–12, 2015 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico); EXPO PACK México 2015, June 16–19 (Mexico City, Mexico).

Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at PMMI.org and Packexpo.com.

About B&R Industrial Automation
B&R is a privately owned company with headquarters in Austria and offices all around the world. As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and process automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. With industrial fieldbus communication standards like POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering. The innovative spirit that keeps B&R at the forefront of industrial automation is driven by a commitment to simplifying processes and exceeding customer expectations.

For more information, visit www.br-automation.com.


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