PMMI Annual Meeting

Technology Test Drive

Showcase your latest industry innovations and new technologies at the Technology Test Drive during the Annual Meeting. It’s FREE to participate, and PMMI sets you up with a six-foot draped table.

Questions about Technology Test Drive? Please contact Heather Harvey, membership manager at or call 571-612-3197.

AMK Drives & Controls, Inc.

AMK Drives & Controls, Inc. will high-light our decentralized servo drives and integrated servo motor/drives with demos and hands-on models.  We will have two to three engineers to answer questions and demonstrate.

Jurgen H. Steuer
Executive Vice President
Phone: 804-222-0323


ASCO — where flow control meets pneumatics to create fluid automation solutions that maximise efficiencies, optimise applications, and enable customers to fulfil their true potential. Our extensive product lines include a broad range of solenoid valves, angle body piston valves, valve islands and manifolds, cylinders, filters, regulators, lubricators and accessories. ​

Dana A. Greenly
National Packaging Manager
Phone: 804.640.2090



Aurizon designs and manufactures high-power rotary ultrasonic systems that are optimally designed for vertical and horizontal package sealing as well as other packaging-related applications. Our patented technology and process experience allow us to provide solutions that increase productivity, reduce costs, are more sustainable or enable new capabilities for our customers.  Aurizon’s most prominent product line is the Soniseal™ 40 series of bonders, which offer maximum seal consistency and control designed specifically for flow wrapper, VFFS, and HFFS machinery. New technologies that we would like to display are the Sonisolution™ RS Series, a series of rotary ultrasonic sonotrode assemblies available in 20, 30 and 40 kHz, and the Soniseal™ WD Series of bonders that have been designed specifically for wash-down areas.

Kristine Pelkey
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Phone: (920) 750-5097

Aventics Corporation

AVENTICS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pneumatic components, systems, and customer-specific applications. The pneumatic engineering company provides products and services for industrial automation, while additionally focusing on the sectors of commercial vehicles, food and beverage, railway technology, life sciences, energy, and marine technology. 

Don Greka
Sector Head- Food and Beverage
Phone: (859) 338-9102

Beckhoff Automation
Beckhoff Automation

Beckhoff Automation will show a live demo at the PMMI Technology Test Drive that demonstrates the power and flexibility of the TwinCAT 3 automation software platform for packaging applications. Attendees will be able to evaluate both the programming environment – offering all IEC 61131-3 programming languages along with C programming languages – and runtime from one DIN rail mounted Embedded PC. Through guided tutorials and/or hands-on trials, attendees can learn how to program all automated functions for packaging machines, including: PLC, motion control, EtherCAT I/O system networking, programmable safety features and much more on one powerful, multitasking PC-based controller.

Ann Carroll
Trade Show and Events Supervisor
Phone: 952-808-6533

Bosch Rexroth
Bosch Rexroth

As a global partner, Bosch Rexroth supports mechanical and plant engineering efforts around the world with its cutting-edge technology and unique industry knowledge. More than 29,500 associates across the globe are developing tailored, safe and resource-friendly solutions.

Jim Hulman
Business Development Manager
(704) 583-4338 (Work)


We believe in the power of technology to drive change. Whether that is transforming a business or improving the community, we love to apply bleeding-edge technology to solve challenges. Our passion is to make the impossible happen.

Glynn LoPresti
Client Commercial Lead
Phone: (212) 335-0700


Datalogic is a global leader in the automatic data capture and process automation markets, specialized in the designing and production of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors for detection, measurement and safety, RFID vision and laser marking systems. Datalogic solutions help to increase the efficiency and quality of processes in the Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and Healthcare industries, along the entire value chain.

Karen Phillips
Marketing Specialist
Phone: (215)799-5707

Encoder Products Company

Encoder Products Company will have on display our newest AccuCoder-ProTM programmable rotary encoders, the 58TP through-bore and 25SP shaft. EPC’s “point and click” software allows the user to easily program resolution, waveform and output circuit via a USB adapter and any compatible Windows PC, laptop or tablet.  Also will be new package style options for EPC’s Magnetic Multiturn Absolute encoders and encoder modules.

Mr. Steve Dilts
Business Development Manager- Key Accounts
Phone: (208) 263-8541


Festo is a leading global manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process control and factory automation solutions. Celebrating 40 years of innovation in the United States and over 80 years globally, Festo continuously elevates the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions.

Brad Schultz
Sales Manager
Phone: +1 (631) 435-0800


Kollmorgen is a US based world class supplier of Motion Control Solutions.  Our solutions include machine/motion controllers, drives, motors, gearboxes and electric actuators.

We will be featuring two products:

Kollmorgen's family of Hygienic Servo Motion Control equipment.  It is designed to:

  • Reduce the Risk of Food Recall
  • Increase Reliability in wash-down applications
  • Lower the cost of overall ownership

Our designs are IP69K and can be sprayed with high pressure chemical wash without restrictions. We use 316L stainless steel and Thermoplastic Elastomer for the cable jacket that can withstand harsh chemical foams and cleaning solutions. We utilizes a unique vented cable design that allows the heating and cooling cycle of the machinery to occur with causing wear on the seals or creating a vacuum that encourages ingress of moisture into the equipment.

Kollmorgen AKM2G Standard servo

  • 30% increase in toque density
  • Reduce the size of your machine without reducing performance
  • Increase the performance without increasing the size  

Bill Sutton
Market Development Manager
Phone: (630)423-1056


Linmot provides linear motor solutions that provide high speed for increased productivity, long life for reduced down time, and are highly integrated with Rockwell Automation’s Compact and Control Logix PLC’s for quick and easy set up.

    Steven Feketa
    Regional Sales Engineer
    Phone: (631) 260-4739

    OpX Leadership Network
    OpX Leadership Network

    The OpX Leadership Network ensures CPG manufacturers and OEMs/suppliers are well-connected and well-prepared to solve common operational challenges, make smarter decisions and achieve operational excellence.

    Tom Egan
    Vice President, Industry Services
    Tel: (571) 612-3200

    PMMI’s Business Research Lab
    PMMI’s Business Research Lab

    Visit PMMI’s Business Research Lab for up-to-date benchmarking, economic and industry information that uncovers the latest trends, advances and issues in the packaging/processing industry.

    Paula Feldman
    Director, Business Intelligence
    Phone: 571.612.3200

    PMMI U
    PMMI U

    PMMI U offers The PMMI Mechatronics program helps move manufacturing forward by providing employers, schools and potential workers the tools needed to advance the workforce and close the ever expanding skills gap. PMMI U also offers Online Technical Training which is PMMI's eLearning courses not only teach workers - such as operators, technicians, and maintenance employees - the fundamental skills required in the packaging and processing industry but also provide a foundation on which to build knowledge and skills.

    Stephan Girard
    Director, Education & Workforce Development

    Ross Controls
    Ross Controls

    ROSS Controls will be introducing three new pneumatic safety valves for applications up to category 4 performance level e.  All utilize external monitoring system to verify proper valve function all allow for a smaller valve size.

    The first is a safety exhaust/dump valve for use in the packaging and processing industries.  Utilizing a well tried pneumatic circuit crossflow circuit design with external monitoring allows a compact modular design that can provide a compact complete air entry air preparation and safety package.  It includes an option of adding an adjustable soft start feature when needed to allow a slow buildup of pressure downstream.  It uses two M12 connectors to control the solenoids and provide monitoring feedback.

    The second is a safe cylinder return valve.  This dual 5/2 valve will send a cylinder to a safe position when de-energized.  There are two spool position sensors to provide feedback to ensure the valve is functioning properly.

    Finally ROSS is introducing a dual 4/3 closed center valve to stop a cylinder in place.  The only valve of its type on the planet.  Redundant poppet internals provide a full face seal that is mechanically biased to trap pressure on both ends of a cylinder to prevent motion.  It utilizes two position sensors to verify both sets of internals are shift correctly.

    Eric O. Cummings
    Safety Business Development Manager - Americas
    Phone: 803 622-1161

    Schneider Electric
    Schneider Electric

    Schneider Electric is the global leader in sustainable energy management and industrial automation. Our deep expertise in energy management, automation, software and services allows us to integrate and connect operational technologies in ways not possible just a few years ago.

    John Partin
    National Packaging BDM
    Phone: (512) 217-6083


    SICK is committed to understanding the needs of packaging OEMs and providing unique solutions tailored to solve their most challenging applications, and is exhibiting several of these solutions at the 2017 Technology Test Drive. The exhibit features two products for print mark detection, one an innovative sensor that combines contrast and color sensor technology, the other a groundbreaking registration sensor that eliminates the need for print marks all together. Additionally, on display are two vision solutions designed for the packaging industry, a robust and user-friendly OCR label inspection solution and a powerful 3D camera at a budget-friendly price point.

    Jeff Raybon
    National Account Manager
    Phone: (800) 325-7425


    Siemens provides the greatest flexibility and productivity for all packaging automation, enabling higher speeds, quicker changeovers, and reduced downtime – from concept to commissioning to installation. No matter what machine size, no matter what product – automation, drives, motors, motion controllers - Siemens provides globally-accepted solutions for packaging challenges that are simple to implement, yet effective at handling the most demanding requirements.

    Ajay Singh Rana
    Phone: +1 770 871-3809

    SMC Corporation of America
    SMC Corporation of America

    In an effort to provide processing and packaging OEM's and their CPG customers an avenue for optimal machine performance, SMC Corporation of America will share our new Total Performance Management (TPM) program foundation.  How can OEM's work with us to identify, measure, and evaluate the performance of their equipment?  What tools do they need and what education can we provide to allow planning, monitoring, aligning, repeatability, and improvement on the production line?

    Julie C Deehr
    Branch Manager - Atlanta
    (770) 624-1982 (Work)

    Soft Robotics
    Soft Robotics

    Soft Robotics designs and builds soft robotic gripping systems and automation solutions that can grasp and manipulate items of varying size, shape and weight. Today, the company is a global enterprise solving previously off-limits automation challenges for customers in food & beverage, advanced manufacturing and ecommerce. Soft Robotics’ engineers are building an ecosystem of robots, control systems, data and machine learning to enable the workplace of the future. For more information, please visit

    Ashley Levesque
    Commercial Operations Manager
    Phone: (617) 391-0612