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[post_content] => Industrial Pack 2019, organised by Easyfairs, is set to bring together top buyers and suppliers from the industrial, in-transit and protective packaging sectors, to learn, source, procure and network. The free-to-attend event will take place in Atlanta, Georgia over two days from 27 to 28 March and will place a heavy emphasis on topics such as sustainability and recyclability.
“Sustainability is certain to be top of mind for all attendees,” says Russell Mills, chief marketing officer at Easyfairs. “It’s a priority that impacts the entire supply chain, but there are unique demands and challenges regarding sustainability for the industrial packaging market. Throughout the upcoming Industrial Pack event there will be substantive discussions about the importance of sustainability. Presentations from leading experts will share their experience in reusable packaging so that attendees gain a better understanding of sustainable use and recyclability of industrial packaging.”
Industrial Pack has the support of the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA), which represents more than 90 per cent of the industrial packaging reconditioning industry in North America. “It is estimated that total greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by approximately 2bn lb (900,000 tonnes) per year, based on the amount of reusable packaging already in use,” says RIPA. “RIPA believes this number could be significantly increased if industrial packaging users made concerted efforts to use greater numbers of reusable packaging.”
To kick off the conference, Chris Surovick, director of digital strategy and Ken Suwala, account director at OneMagnify, will discuss augmented reality (AR) and innovative marketing, focusing on digitally enhanced packaging and operations. The pair will assess the role of such technologies in advancing the packaging industry. According to Surovick and Suwala, when paired with an effective digital marketing plan, technologies such as AR can turn passive packaging and manufacturing components into powerful customer interactions and operational engagement tools. AR has enormous capability and there has been a rise in its use in many other industries. It is expected that these ‘up and coming’ technologies will feature very heavily in day-to-day operations in the coming years.
Chris Lind, vice-chair and treasurer of the Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America (IPANA), which is also supporting the event, and chairman of the Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association (RIBCA), will unpack the characteristics of plastic drums, covering their historical development, manufacturing process and the procedure for proper testing and use.
This presentation will go hand in hand with two other presentations by Lind over the course of the two days, on the topics of composite IBCs and steel drums. The latter will cover the safety and security aspects of steel drums, the basics of construction and design types, in addition to testing and proper marking.
Day two will feature a presentation from J Aaron Montgomery, president of Ouray Environmental Services, who will discuss the management of emergency incidents and how containers fall. When containers are transported, occasionally an accident may occur where the container will fall and release its contents. Montgomery will walk through why containers fall and what happens when they do, including clean-up practices, costs and regulatory requirements.
The conference will close with a presentation from Paul Griffin, technical lead for large part blowmolding in North America at LyondellBasell. Paul will discuss the basics of polyethylene manufacturing, from introductory definitions to illustrated examples, before moving on to the supply chain and resin properties.
Each presentation over the course of the two days will end with the opportunity for questions for the speaker, providing delegates with a platform for discussion and opening the floor to different points of view.
PUT TO THE TEST
Alongside the conference, Industrial Pack’s exhibition space will not only offer an excellent networking opportunity for delegates, but will also play host to Pack Testing Live, a unique opportunity to see packaging put to the test.
“Industrial Pack’s Pack Testing Live will be an unparalleled industry experience,” says Mills. “Attendees will have a unique opportunity to watch live demos testing a wide range of industrial, transit and protective packaging from market-leading packaging manufacturers. In the middle of the exhibition hall floor, attendees can watch product testing on strength and robustness through stimulation and non-stimulation performance tests plus live expert commentary.”
Among the exhibitors, Flöter, a specialist in protective packaging, will preview its AirWave system, which can inflate air pillows and quilted wrapping films on demand, saving precious warehouse space that is often taken up by bubble wrap and other types of packaging. Flöter will exhibit its compact AirBoy Nano3 as well as the larger AirWave2. Both systems are capable of inflating the entire family of AirWave film types, including biodegradable, recycled, heavy duty, anti-static and paper laminates.
Labelmaster, a leading expert in hazmat shipping, will be on hand to show its latest Obexion packaging, engineered specifically for shipping and storing lithium batteries and devices that contain them. The options for Obexion boxes range from basic fire retardance with the Obexion Pro range, to enhanced thermal runaway mitigation with the Obexion Max line.
Fire-retardant, single-use Obexion Pro boxes are ideal when an added level of protection beyond a corrugated box is needed. The boxes are perfect for battery recycling companies and other applications for safely shipping recycled batteries or battery-powered devices by ground. Obexion Pro boxes enable safe shipment of lithium batteries or devices by simply packing them into an Obexion box and sealing it, with no gel packs, beads, pellets, or liners required. The boxes are designed for single use, with the large option designed to hold mixed loads of lithium ion and non-lithium batteries. The company also manufactures laptop-sized and cellphone-sized boxes for the transport of single units.
Alternatively, the company’s range of Obexion Max packaging is ideal for shipping damaged, defective, or recalled lithium batteries. Obexion Max packaging mitigates risk via the use of the Obexion Technology Suite, which encapsulates flame retardance, thermal management, pressure management, blast and projectile containment, flame arrestment, flammable and hazardous gas filtration and smoke filtration, all while not requiring gel packs, beads, heavy liners, pellets, or fillers. Obexion Max boxes arrive pre-assembled with simple, easy to use closure instructions helping users to effectively and efficiently transport the batteries in a cost-effective and compliant manner. Additionally, Obexion Max boxes are 100 per cent recyclable, non-toxic and non-hazardous.
Obexion Max packaging is the subject of a US DOT Special Permit authorising the packaging for transporting damaged, defective, or recalled phones, laptops, tablets, and batteries by ground. Single-use fibreboard options and multiple-use metal options are available. Both packaging solutions are available in various sizes and configurations.
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