October 7-9, 2024

The Frain Group
245 East North Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Nearby hotel
Hampton Inn
205 W. North Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188
  • Elite members: $1,085
  • Premium members: $1,220
  • Regular members: $1,285
  • Affiliates and non-members: $1,355
Payments must be completed prior to the seminar. All attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations and transportation to and from the class.

This policy covers the liability of cost of a cancellation* or change. Cancellation or rescheduling must be made in writing or by email with confirmation of receipt from IoPP.

The following fees apply if you cancel/change your registration or are a no-show to the class:
  • More than 30 days prior to the event is a $110 cancellation/change fee
  • 30 to 14 days prior to the event is a $160 cancellation change fee
  • Less than 14 days prior to the event is a $240 cancellation change fee
  • No-shows to the event are charged a $240 cancellation/charge fee
*The remaining balance will be issued as a credit toward future IoPP education offerings only. This credit expires after one year. No refunds will be given. Exception: A substitute may attend in place of the original registrant.


  • Introduction
    - What is packaging machinery?
    - Types of packaging machinery
    - Future trends
  • Machine and line components & controls
    - PLC
    - HMI
    - Servo motors
    - Smart machines
    - SCADA systems
    - Displays
    - Sensors
  • Flexible packaging machines
    - Form-Fill-Seal
    - Thermoform
    - Shrink/stretch wrapping and bundling
    - Paperboard forming equipment
    - Cartoners
    - Case formers
    - Tray formers
    - Case/tray packer
  • Line Loading
    - Depalletizers
    - Decasers
    - Unscramblers
    - Bottle orienters
    - Washers
  • Rigid packaging (glass or plastic containers, cans & tubes)
    - Orienter
    - Liquid fillers: Volumetric, Level or cosmetic fill, Aerosol, Carbonated
    - Dry fillers: Augur, Volumetric, Weight, Tablet fillers
    - Cappers
    - Tube filling
  • Labeling
    - Pressure sensitive labeling
    - Glue
    - Shrink bands for labeling as well as product surety
    - Stretch
    - Print/Apply labeling
  • Product identification & verification
    -Hot stamp
    -Rubber stamp/wet ink
    -Ink jet
    -Laser coding and printing
    -Offset printing
    -Thermal transfer
    -RFID Vision/inspection
    -Check weighers
    -Metal detectors and x-ray inspectors
  • Ancillary packaging machinery
    -Placers/dispensers e.g.; leaflet placers
-Articulated/6 axis
-Mobile robotic vehicles (AGR/AGV)
-Collaborative robots
  • Robots in packaging
  • Robots defined

  • Types of robot
  • Packaging applications for each type

  • Packaging line layout and design principles (5 steps)
    -Determine requirements
    -Develop a plan
    -Procure equipment
    -Install and commission the line
    -Begin production

John Henry, CPP
John is a 20-plus-year packaging and plant operations veteran, giving him real-world experience with equipment issues. He spent almost a decade in operations positions with Alcon Laboratories in Puerto Rico, ultimately becoming its facilities operations manager.

John formed his consulting practice in 1996, focusing on efficiencies in packaging operations issues. As a result, he became an author and speaker on packaging topics and has published articles in many magazines and journals, including Beverage World, Food Engineering, and the Journal of Packaging Professionals. Audiences at PACK EXPO shows have heard him speak, and his regular column in Food & Drug Packaging magazine delivers machinery insights.

John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and MBA from San Germán, Puerto Rico's InterAmerican University, and earned a Master of Science degree in Business Education from Southern New Hampshire University. He currently teaches at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico's graduate industrial engineering program.


What will I learn?
  • Understanding Package Performance on Machinery: Gain insights into how your packages operate on line equipment to create more effective designs.
  • Enhancing Packaging Line Efficiency: Discover strategies for boosting the efficiency of your packaging line.
  • Machinery Integration: Learn the art of incorporating machinery seamlessly into your overall packaging strategy.
  • Practical, Hands-On Learning: Experience firsthand how these concepts come to life on actual machines.
  • Career-Advancing Knowledge: Acquire focused information that's crucial for advancing your career in the packaging industry.