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PD West Pack Insider, February 2013

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8 Westpack SHOW INSIDER 2013 // www.PackagingDigest.com Tues., Feb. 12 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.: "Robotics: Designing the factory floor of tomorrow." Automation advancements will continue in today's plants. How do you determine what level of automation is needed? What are the tradeoffs between cost, productivity and efficiency? 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.: "Networking, wired and wireless: Communicating both internally and externally." To enable Wed., Feb. 13 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.: "Motors and motion control, including pneumatics and hydraulics." Any good manufacturing expert will tell you that a motor isn't a motor isn't a motor. Choosing what's best for your factory is generally a make or break decision. This seminar will also clear up the misconceptions around the proper use of pneumatics and hydraulics. 1:00 - 2:45 p.m.: "Introduction to Rapid Manufacturing: 3D Printing/ Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping." The advent of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping has drastically changed the design and manufacturing landscape by enabling companies to prototype and produce faster and cheaper. Many factors go into considering whether or not adopting such new technology fits with a company's objectives. 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.: "Rapid Manufacturing: Current Use, Economic Feasibility and Future Implications." How has the use of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping helped improve a seamless manufacturing flow, you need to talk to your machines, and your machines need to talk to each other. Vision/communication is key to a successful manufacturing process. speed and efficiency for companies that have implemented such technology? A look at a real life case study example will help determine the implications on the manufacturing floor of adopting these technologies. sions are organized around three key themes: Designing a Modern Factory Floor; Rapid Manufacturing; and Lean Manufacturing. The sessions will be held on the second floor in Room 211B. Here are select presentations that may be of interest to packaging engineers (visit www.packagingdigest.com/ AdvMfgSeminars2013 to see the entire program): Sustainable Packaging Reusable…refillable…remarkable Jason Foster, founder/CEO of Replenish, presents his ideas for delivering value—as well as sustainability—on Tues., Feb. 12, as part of our WestPack seminar series. Packaging Digest asked him for some insight into his thinking. Q: Why is a sustainable product and/ or package an advantage in today's retail marketplace? A: It's increasingly becoming a necessity to get more out of what we already have. From retailers products? We want more quality or more convenience or we want to have the ability to customize. We can design products that have more of these features, more benefits. Retailers are trying to find products to carry that prove to consumers, customers and stakeholders that they are trying to do things in a more thoughtful, more sustainable way. Not just the words, the action. The marketplace is looking for products that can meet these requirements. to manufacturers to consumers— everyone is trying to figure that out. Our definition of sustainability is starting to incorporate that thinking. It goes far further than the previous techniques of how to be eco friendly. So how can we get more out of Q: The refillable bottle for your Replenish cleaning products is durable to withstand years of reuse. How do consumers view the sustainability of a reusable package versus, say, a single-use container that they can recycle? A: If you asked people point blank the difference between recycling today and reusing, it's intrinsic that reusing has some real advantages. Recycling can get a bit confusing for the consumer. Reuse offers extra advantages that recycling can't: Refill packages can be smaller and lighter and take up less space in their home. People tell you those advantages are why they would prefer this product over another. Q: The title of your presentation is "Delivering value not waste to consumers: How sustainable design can reshape the role of packaging." Can you give us a sneak peek at what you'll be talking about? What will be one of your main points? A: The main point is revealing the power that design has—and designinspired thinking has—to deliver more of what consumers need and less of what they don't. Waste means a lot of different things. The most obvious is trash. But it's also wasteful in time, resources, money. It's meant to be a far more encompassing word than just something we throw away. In light of this, there's a better way to design the products that we use every day to be less wasteful.

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