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PPMA 2017 is set to be another action packed show!

04 September 2017

The PPMA show will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham from the 26-28 September for another three day process and packaging extravaganza.

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Registration is now open for the free-to-attend show which aims to provide insights into the latest machinery products, technologies and materials. The show is organised by the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) which comprises the PPMA, British Automation & Robot Association (BARA), and the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA). 

The show will serve all corners of industry and offer visitors the chance to see new machinery, new solutions, and of course meet the industry’s leading technical experts. The new and improved Learning Hub will be providing visitors and exhibitors with insights from influential industry experts and opinion leaders on the industry’s hottest trends and topics. 

The Learning Hub 2017 will be expanding its focus beyond traditional manufacturing industries and offer insight into relevant trends and issues, ensuring there is something for everyone. From the implications and opportunities of Brexit, IIoT enabled adaptive packaging to the potential of waste and busting the myths of robotics and automation. Keynote speaker, Martin Glenn, CEO at The Football Association and former CEO at United Biscuits will take to the stage on the opening day of the show (Tues 26) at 11.30am. The marketing veteran, whose illustrious career includes roles within Walkers and Birds Eye, will explain how his extensive experience in the food manufacturing industry has informed his new role as head of the FA.

An entertaining addition to this year’s show will be the ‘World’s Best Goalie’, RoboKeeper. Cutting-edge robotics and vision technology means RoboKeeper reacts within fractions of a second to save shots from the penalty spot. The robot has humbled some of the biggest names in football, including Lionel Messi and Neymar, so why not test yourself against RoboKeeper live at the show and see if you can succeed where footballing royalty has failed!  

The PPMA Total Show 2016 had over 1,000 leading processing and packaging exhibitors and more than 7,500 visitors attending. This year’s show is set to be particularly popular in itself with many big names in the processing and packaging industries set to be exhibiting. 

Mitsubishi Electric can be found on stand C60 demonstrating easy integration and deployment of advanced high-speed heat sealing technology and robots with the help of its ProSeal GT0 automatic in-line tray sealing system. Visitors to the stand will also be the first chance in the UK to see the latest developments in Smart Carriage technology, one of the world’s most advanced packaging and assembly conveyors. All of this will be highlighted in a live demonstration on the stand throughout the show. 

Meanwhile, on stand B34, Omron will be debuting its fastest and most flexible Delta pick and place robot, the Omron Quattro. The patented, four armed Quattro allows for longer reach and the ability to tilt, unlike its traditional three armed counterpart. Complementing the Quattro will be a preview of Omron’s OKAO software, showing gesture control of production processes and how facial recognition can be used to unlock different levels of access to control functions.

SICK will also be in attendance on stand A26, focusing on how smart sensor technologies help to deliver manufacturing flexibility and predictive maintenance in Industry 4.0-enabled manufacturing and logistics environments. Product specialists will be on standby to take visitors through SICK’s expanding portfolio of intelligent solutions for real-time data sharing and IO-Link connectivity. A selection of sensor and vision technologies will be at the show, as well as the latest machinery safety technologies, including SICK’s latest safety light curtains. 

Elsewhere, on stand C50, Pacepacker Services will be running live palletising time trials to compare its Pallet+ technology against a robot teach pendant. The time trials intend to highlight the laborious and time-consuming method of using a robot teach pendant to re-programme a stacking recipe. Pallet+ technology can be operated without any knowledge of complex programming languages and could therefore cut recipe programming times by 800 percent, according to Pacepacker. The technology will appear on a fully automated case erection, loading, closing and palletising line up, which forms the centrepiece of Pacepacker’s stand.

Coinciding with the show is the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2017, returning for a sixth year at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on the 26 September. The ceremony recognises the finest examples of innovation, smart manufacturing, entrepreneurship and collaboration from the world of process and packaging machinery. 

This year’s award ceremony will be hosted by Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen and Canadian stand-up comic Stewart Francis. There will be 11 awards handed out on the night including ones for Innovative Robotic Machinery, Partnership of the Year, and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award. A new entry this year is the Environmental Initiative of the Year which recognises the adoption of green measures in businesses. Each entry will be appraised by a judging panel made up of 10 independent industry experts, ranging from academia, end-users, editors and engineers. 

All in all, PPMA 2017 is expected to be another action packed show with over 10,000sqm of innovation, business opportunities and education. Many key players from across the process and packaging industries will be on exhibition and willing to offer valuable insight into both current and upcoming technologies. 

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