Connect live and in person to see the latest packaging innovations in action.
PACK EXPO is a great opportunity to reconnect with industry peers and discover the latest packaging innovations. We’re thrilled to be returning in-person this year, and have plenty of exciting features planned for you in our booth.
This past year has shown us that change is inevitable, with or without a global pandemic to worry about. It’s important that your machine can stand the test of time and adapt to your packaging needs as your goals and strategies change.
You have a partner in managing that change with Harpak-ULMA.
Flexibility has consistently been a focus as we strive to build productive, cost-efficient, lasting packaging solutions. Come experience the many faces of flexibility in packaging in our booth and discover how they can help you adapt to change and scale your production.
Get a sneak peek of the machinery and related innovations we’re bringing to PACK EXPO in 2021. We have solutions in thermoforming, flow wrapping, tray sealing, automation, augmented reality, and more.
September 27th – 29th
Las Vegas Convention Center
Lower South Hall | Booth #6101
Use guest pass code 26J97 to get free show registration!
Flexibility for your packaging line means...
LIVE! On the Innovation Stage
Tuesday, September 28th at 12pm | Innovation Stage #2
Resistance is futile: Trayless ground meat is the next frontier in sustainability
Hugh Crough, Flow Wrap Product Manager
Trayless ground meat products have been common in European grocery stores for a decade. But US producers and retailers alike have been slow to adopt what is widely viewed as a more sustainable packaging method for these products. Why? Consumer preference is often cited as the primary rational. Will consumer demand for sustainable packaging override old buying habits?
Catch Hugh’s presentation on the multi-faceted impact of using this innovative approach. You’ll gain insights into the current state of technology and logistics, the range of sustainability benefits delivered, and the substantial cost advantages producers stand to realize. The cost and risk of moving to a flow packaged approach that eliminates the need for trays is considerably less than you might think.
Tuesday, September 28th at 12pm | Innovation Stage #1
Beyond the machine: Solving manufacturing challenges through advanced digital solutions
Presented by Rockwell Automation with Kevin Roach, Harpak-ULMA CEOOur customers across several industries all face significant and long standing challenges, including labor availability and high turnover rates, skills gaps and learning ramps, and overall agility or time to market. Digital transformation and smart connected machines can make a very positive impact on these challenges.
Harpak-ULMA CEO, Kevin Roach, joins Rockwell Automation on the Innovation Stage at PACK EXPO to show processors how digital transformation can radically improve their packaging operations and address their most pressing challenges. Our four phase strategy outlines several pieces of this transformation, including the adoption of Allen-Bradley controls, augmented reality (AR) for training and maintenance workflows, AR integration with real-time machine information, and leveraging machine data for predictive analytics and performance benchmarking.
Augmented Reality Demonstrations
Augmented Reality (AR) implementation in your plant is closer than you think! This technology allows your team to visualize critical data in 3D, facilitating several applications, including remote assistance, user training, operational guidance, and real-time user instruction.
AR is proving to have several benefits for producers too. Hands-on, visual training and real-time, on-the-job guidance decrease human error in operations and make you less reliant on internal knowledge being passed down from individuals. Remote assistance saves you time and money when your machine has an unexpected stop. There are even use cases for inspection, allowing you to verify each step of a specific process has been done correctly and greatly enhancing your documentation.
These tools are the definition of flexibility – allowing you to share 3D data anytime, anywhere.
On the Show Floor
Learn more about AR and see it in action in our booth. In partnership with PTC, we’ll be highlighting AR on our TFS 500 machine (see below) and have several other demonstrations onsite.
Thermoforming solutions are truly flexible and great for all types of food, medical, and industrial applications.
Your packaging can adapt to changing markets and trends with various package formats and sizes available on the same machine, including vacuum, MAP (modified atmosphere packaging), and skin. You also have the option of running flexible and/or semi-rigid films.
Our thermoforming solutions also help you reduce downtime with simple tool-free, single-person changeovers that take 10 minutes or less.
Allen Bradley controls are available on our standard and skin thermoformers. They come standard on our TFS 500 through TFS 700 models. These controls may be more familiar to trained technicians and ensure more readily available parts.
On the Show Floor
Here’s a sneak peek at the thermoforming solutions you’ll be able to see in action at Pack Expo
TFS 500[Pictured first on the left] This machine will showcase augmented reality applications in partnership with PTC as well as automated bin picking and loading in partnership with Fanuc.
TFS 507[Pictured second on the left] See a demonstration of skin packaging live and in person.
Flow Wrapping Solutions
Flow wrap solutions have broad applications and plenty of built-in flexibility, giving you the ability to quickly adapt to different product sizes and package with or without a carrier tray.
Flow wrappers are also dual-purpose machines, which can be designed to run several different film types like polypropylene, laminate, and polyolefin shrink. Flexible machine components also allow you to change your seal rollers, cross seal jaws, and folding boxes to create the ideal package to meet your end customer’s needs.
These machines also help you reduce downtime with simple tool-free changeovers that take 5 to 10 minutes or less and can be completed by a single person.
Allen Bradley controls are available on our Atlanta, Artic, and Flow Vac 55 S.D. models, which can provide familiarity to trained technicians and provide more readily available parts.
On the Show Floor
Here’s a first look at the flow wrapping solutions you’ll be able to see live at Pack Expo.
Artic Side Seal Zipper[Pictured first on the right] The Artic Side Seal Zipper is a new machine which allows you to create reclosable packaging (see picture to the right). It’s great for reducing the labor for loading premade zipper bags.
FlowVac 55 SD
[Pictured third on the right] This machine is ideal for packaging fresh meat and cheese, as it is a full sanitary design flow wrapper. At the show, you’ll see how it can run both meat and cheese products simultaneously, allowing for maximum flexibility.
Tray Sealing & Forming Solutions
Tray sealing and forming solutions are flexible and allow you to accommodate different tray geometries on the same line and rapidly introduce new tray geometries with in-house tray forming.
These machines can be designed to produce various packaging applications on one machine, including MAP (modified atmosphere packaging), pre-cut lid, Heatseal, Stretch Seal, Darfresh® on tray, protruding, super protruding, skin, SLIMFRESH®, and ZERO®.
Downtime is reduced with simple, single-tool changeovers that take only 10 minutes. The machines also have an open design for easy assembly changes in a matter of minutes, and offer quicker sanitization with sanitary design conveyors (which is ideal if your production involves switching between certain allergens).
Allen Bradley controls are available on all of our G. Mondini tray sealers – providing familiarity to trained technicians and more readily available parts.
On the Show Floor
Enjoy a preview of the tray sealing and forming technology we’ll be showcasing at Pack Expo.
Trave 350[Smaller Trave model pictured first on left] This machine will be showcasing the sustainable PaperSeal® solution in partnership with Graphic Packaging International (learn more below).
Trave 1000 with Platformer[Larger Trave model pictured second on left, Platformer third] This line will form trays and then seal them to showcase the flexibility and benefits of in-house tray sealing.
Sustainable Solutions with PaperSeal®
PaperSeal® offers flexible, sustainable packaging solutions for a variety of applications. These paperboard trays are made from recyclable, renewable fiber that can be formed with the G. Mondini Platformer. You’ll get a chance to see PaperSeal® in action at the show. Watch the video to the right to see how the packaging works and can be recycled.
These trays offer:
- 80% Less Plastic
- 59.5% Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- 69.2% Less Energy
PaperSeal® trays have rigid flanges, which help create a better seal from your tray sealer. It also means you can use a denester if trays are preformed, and no special conveyors are required. The marketing and branding options are also extremely flexible. There is a six-color print on the inside and outside of the package as well as the option to add windows on sidewalls. PaperSeal® also supports multi-cell trays and a variety of tray shapes.
On the Show Floor
You can see PaperSeal® trays sealed on the Trave 350 tray sealer.
Product to Pallet Automation
Automation affords several significant benefits for packaging manufacturers. It reduces operational spending by lowering labor costs, minimizes waste from human interaction, increases throughput and productivity, and creates a safer work environment by replacing repetitive, strenuous, manual jobs.
We have secondary packaging options for top loading, side loading, bottom loading, and wrap-around case packing.
We address conventional packaging automation equipment as well as advancements in robotic automation that are paving the way to new levels of scalability and cost containment for producers of every size and industry. Robotics can now handle depalletizing, de-casing, infeed handling, raw food handling, primary packaging, secondary packaging, mixing (combo packs), and palletizing. Speed to market, standardization, cost, and reusability are all concerns when deciding whether to use automation and how much of your line to automate. Harpak-ULMA helps with every aspect of your production, from start to finish.
Have questions before the show?
We’re excited to reconnect in person at Pack Expo, but we’re also happy to be a resource for you year-round. If you have a packaging need or question, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’ll connect you with our packaging experts and deliver the guidance and insight you deserve.