Ten Technologies Affecting You, Your Customers and Your Business: Futurist Jack Uldrich to Keynote an Event with the PMMI in Chicago

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September 17: Global futurist and best selling author Jack Uldrich to discuss technologies affecting the future of manufacturing in Chicago at the Packaging Machine Manufacturers Institute.

Futurist Jack Uldrich

What will the world of tomorrow look like? The time to start thinking about this is now.

When your vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging and processing, and your mission is to improve and promote members’ abilities to succeed in a global marketplace calling in a global futurist like Jack Uldrich to discuss the latest technologies that will affect you and your future is smart thing to do. And that is precisely what the Packaging Machine Manufacturers Institute is doing on September 17th.

Founded in 1933, PMMI is a trade association made up of more than 650 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available packaging machinery components, containers and materials in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

PMMI members are globally renowned for making the highest quality equipment, offering responsive service and committing to meeting their customers’ needs. To that end, being on the cutting of edge of technology is crucial, and Jack Uldrich, as a futurist has his finger on the pulse of the technologies that PMMI needs to be watching for and utilizing in the coming years.

Among the ten technologies that Uldrich will discuss with the PMMI group are things like the new Leap Motion control (hand gesture technology,) advanced 3D manufacturing techniques which may well transform and revolutionize the future of manufacturing, as well as sophisticated robotics which are already providing a healthy advantage in the production of many packaging and manufacturing materials.

When it comes to the future of manufacturing Uldrich says, "Five years ago, a 3D printer—a device that can manufacture physical objects—cost $100,000. Today, similar printers are available for $1,000 and are poised to revolutionize the world of manufacturing. What will the world of tomorrow look like? The time to start thinking about this is now."

The Author of "The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business" Uldrich will also address how nanotechnology will transform the manufacturing industry in the coming years.

Uldrich says, "In the coming year, packaging leaders can also expect to hear more about the “Internet of Things.” In its simplest form, the idea is that in the coming decade an estimated 50 billion physical objects will be connected to the Internet through low-cost, wireless sensors. What makes the technology so potentially revolutionary is that some of the sensors will be nano-barcodes that can authenticate products (such as valuable pharmaceutical drugs) or nano-sensors that can read a host of information, including temperature, humidity and the level of exposure to oxygen, and then relay this information to manufacturers, distributors and customers to provide a complete history of the item."

Uldrich who speaks all over the world on a variety of topics such as future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management and leadership, is also a leading expert on assisting businesses unlearn and adapt during times of transition. He has served as an adviser to Fortune 1000 companies and is noted for his ability to deliver provocative, new perspectives on competitive advantage, organizational change and transformational leadership.

Parties interested in learning more about him, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website. Media wishing to know more about either the event or interviewing Jack as a futurist or trend expert can contact Amy Tomczyk at (651) 343.0660.

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