Procter & Gamble, Nestlé and Frito-Lay To Speak at Packaging Automation Forum 2007

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Industry leaders from some of the largest package-using companies worldwide will speak at Packaging Automation Forum 2007, a one-day conference for users of packaging machinery and systems, packaging equipment manufacturers, and OEMs. Presentations will focus on the business benefits of implementing state-of-the-art packaging controls and automation technology.

Packaging experts who work for some of the world's biggest users of packaging equipment and materials will share their business strategies at ( Packaging Automation Forum 2007 -- Driving Profit Through Controls and Information Technology. This one-day conference is sponsored by Summit Publishing Company's Packaging World and Automation World magazines and will be held at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare on May 23rd.

Conference presenters will focus on how today's packaging controls and information technologies can benefit packaging professionals across multiple industries. Representatives from Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Nestlé, Frito-Lay, Odom's Tennessee Pride Sausage and other leading organizations will discuss their experiences.

Christian von Olshausen of Proctor & Gamble Pharmaceuticals will discuss methods for decreasing unplanned downtime -- a key strategic initiative at the Weiterstadt plant in Germany, where von Olshausen works as a Process Engineer Packing. Conference attendees will hear how this world-class packager has employed advanced technology and operator training to contribute to Total Quality Management (TQM) and Total Productivity Management (TPM).

Nestlé's Thomas Doney, a Senior Research Engineer at the food and beverage company's R & D center in Ohio, will relate his company's progress in developing automated performance monitoring of packaging lines. Doney's presentation will underscore the importance of good performance data to achieving manufacturing excellence.

Senior Group Manager Rick Van Dyke offers a behind-the-scenes look at Frito-Lay's packaging operations. Van Dyke will reveal the business benefits this giant snack food manufacturer experienced by integrating their packaging operations. His discussion will address questions about how MES fits into the equation and the value of OMAC guidelines.

Packaging Automation Forum debuted last spring to a sold-out crowd. The 2007 event will again offer educational and networking opportunities for professionals who purchase or use packaging machinery or systems, packaging machinery manufacturers, and OEMs. Registration is now open at; companies interested in sponsoring this event can access information online, or by contacting Adriene Cooper at 312-222-1010.

About Packaging World

Packaging World ( is published monthly by Summit Publishing Company. Established in 1994, this Chicago-based business magazine reaches over 87,000 qualified packaging professionals each month. Packaging World's editorial staff also publishes the annual PACK EXPO Showcase; quarterly Healthcare Packaging magazine; and Contract Packaging magazine, published three times annually. In addition to packaging e-newsletters, Summit Publishing Company also produces Webcasts and conferences for packaging professionals.

About Automation World

Automation World (, launched in 2003 by Summit Media, LLC, is edited for automation professionals and mailed to 65,000 qualified subscribers each month. Automation World also publishes monthly e-newsletters and produces Webcasts and events for automation professionals.

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