Category: Trade Shows
Canada speaks mechatronics
May 31, 2011
Entrepreneurship, innovation, mechatronic education programs and mechatronic systems are all well represented at the Discovery 11 conference in Toronto, Ontario this week. The University of Waterloo's Mechatronics Engineering Applied Science program is certainly having an impact on innovation in Canada. In a brief walk through the exhibit floor, I was immediately attracted to the mechatronic solutions of two startup companies: Hockey Robotics, "Leader in Hockey Stick Testing" and Clearpath Robotics,...
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Hannover Fair by video conference
April 30, 2010
I was one of thousands whose plans for the Hannover Fair were disrupted by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. I didn't make it to Germany, but I did get to keep my most important fair appointment, with a group of US high school students, by video conference on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day....
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Preparing for Hannover Faire
March 24, 2010
I am preparing to attend the Hannover Faire. Although I have attended Interpack many times, this is my first trip to Hannover. I'll be looking for trends in automation, packaging and education as well as for emerging technologies that may affect us in years to come. I welcome my readers suggestions for tips on navigating the faire and for tips on booths that I might want to visit. (Recommendations for...
Packaging industry drives paradigm change in education
October 30, 2009
PMMI, working with think-outside-the-box educators, is helping to drive a needed new paradigm in education delivery....
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Technology providers illustrate potential new machinery applications
October 6, 2009
Spread amongst the vastness of Pack Expo are illustrations of what new and emerging technologies could accomplish in newly designed packaging machines....
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What I'm expecting at PackExpo
September 29, 2009
It's time for many of us to be off to this year's PackExpo in Las Vegas. I'm sure that many exhibitors are concerned about the payback from a trade show in this economy and many end users are fretting about not attending due to travel restrictions. But perhaps this will be an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade. Here's what I expect....
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Are US and European machine automation architectures diverging?
November 17, 2008
As I reflect on 5 days of observations at PackExpo, it strikes me that automation architectures of US and European machine builders are diverging and becoming more entrenched....
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Scouting PackExpo 2008
September 18, 2008
It will soon be time to jet off to Chicago for this year's installment of PackExpo. One hopes that every show of this size brings something new or exciting to the industry. This year's PackExpo should be no exception. Here are some things that I plan to be scouting for....
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More trends from Interpack - Globalization, Consolidation & Customer Intimacy
July 21, 2008
They say that sometimes we miss the forest by looking at the trees. If you didn't spend all of your time at Interpack looking at the machines, you could step back and see some evolution in the industry as a whole. I've attended Interpack many times, mostly as an end user, then as a trade group organizer, and now with press credentials. Each way of attending opens up a new...
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Can you stop China from copying patented packaging machinery?
June 16, 2008
Interpack has often had its intellectual property intrigue and this year is no different. Ishida, the statistical scale company, obtained injunctions against nine Chinese entities that prevented them from displaying their statistical scales at the fair. The dispute involves a patent related to the waterproof construction of the equipment. In a press release that I read in Ishida's booth, three Chinese companies had been named, Highdream, Jinyi and Saimo, but...
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Packaging applications of linear motors debut at Interpack
May 5, 2008
Linear motors have been slow to catch on in packaging, but several applications appeared at this year's Interpack. It's time to put linear motors on your company's technology plan....
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Italian machines using German technology earn my respect
May 5, 2008
There is a popular verse that says Heaven is where the police are British, the lovers French, the mechanics German, the cooks Italian, and the whole is organized by the Swiss. Another verse describes Hell, but we'll skip that one. From my observations at Interpack, there are some corollaries to this verse that relate to the building of packaging machines. It seemed to me that the most elegant and sophisticated...
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It's time to do Interpack
March 31, 2008
It's soon time for Interpack, and many of us will be heading for Dusseldorf where we will be obliged to leave behind a huge quantity of our under-valued dollars. But Interpack is not something you'll want to miss, so I have ten suggestions on how to do it and not have it do you. Perhaps these suggestions can make Interpack a more valuable experience....
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Thanks for visiting
November 14, 2007
To those of you stopped by the Bosch Rexroth booth at Pack Expo to say hello, I want to say thank-you. It was great to get to speak to exisiting readers of OnTheEdgeBlog and to sign up new readers for our monthly email. If you aren't already signed up, you can get updates to the blog pushed to you either once per month via email or via RSS feed to...
It's Showtime! But why do we care?
October 21, 2007
It's October- the month for all kinds of exhibits and shows. So far this month I have attended the world's largest in-water sailboat show, the world's largest antique automobile show, and a very sizeable Pack Expo Las Vegas show. These experiences, stacked back to back, have me thinking about why I attend shows. I can categorize the reasons into four areas. Curiosity -The need to be educated Projects -The occasional...
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|About Keith Campbell
|Leaders learn from the past while
looking to the future - and bring both to bear on the here
and now. This is the philosophy that has steered Keith Campbell's
30+ years in manufacturing. It has worked for him in operations,
maintenance, engineering, R&D, education, consulting and
professional organizations--and now he's putting it to work
for you--taking you to the edge of his thoughts on packaging