Packaging World and Automation World Announce the Fourth Annual Packaging Automation Forum

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Packaging Automation Forum explores the benefits of leading-edge controls and information technologies for packagers and machine builders (OEMs). Next year's conference on March 31 demonstrates how food, beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturers can increase profits and improve packaging efficiency using today's technology and products.

Packaging World and Automation World announce the date for their fourth annual conference on packaging controls and information technology. Packaging Automation Forum 2009 ( is scheduled for March 31, 2009 at the new InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel. An evening reception for attendees will be held the day before the conference, also at the InterContinental.

Since 2006, hundreds of packaging professionals and OEMs have attended this annual educational and networking event to hear their peers share automation strategies that employ state-of-the art packaging equipment and technology. The Packaging Automation Forum 2009 program will look at packaging operations from a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, beverage, food and consumer packaged goods.

Presenter Mark Hanley, Worldwide Performance Indicator Program Manager at Kraft, will discuss how Kraft improves speed to market by utilizing accurate measurement of OEE and firm control over real time data to enable operational flexibility. Snack manufacturer Lance Inc. will share their successes integrating packaging operations into their ERP system. Other session topics include use of wireless technology; an HMI system that delivers packaging line performance metrics from multiple facilities; technology that connects marking and coding machines with MES and ERP to enable pharmaceutical serialization; and a look at standards.

Comments Packaging World Vice President and Editor, Pat Reynolds, "Now more than ever, companies are seeking ways to cut cost and improve their competitive stance. Since 2006, we have featured the success stories and strategies of packagers who were able to do just that - all with existing products and technology. This year's program offers even greater value and relevance, as more and more organizations experience increased pressure to improve efficiency and expand capabilities."

Packaging Automation Forum registration opens November 3, 2008 at For sponsorship information, please contact Events Manager Adriene Cooper at 312-222-1010, ext. 136.

About Packaging World
Packaging World is the flagship publication of Chicago-based Summit Publishing Company. This privately held company is an integrated media publisher offering business information for packaging professionals including print magazines PACK EXPO Showcase; Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging and Shelf Impact!. In addition to packaging e-newsletters, Summit Publishing Company also produces Webcasts and a variety of conferences for packaging professionals.

About Automation World
Automation World (, launched in 2003 by Summit Media, LLC, is industry's leading business monthly written for automation professionals. Automation World is mailed to 65,000 qualified subscribers each month. Automation World also publishes monthly e-newsletters, and produces Webcasts and digital and print supplements for automation professionals.

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