Exploring Zones at NPE2018

Come NPE2018, more than 65,000 attendees will be able to navigate more than 1 million net square feet of operating machinery, new product demos, and emerging technologies from more than 2,000 leading suppliers. This year’s show will also feature 10 process-specific Technology Zones—plus International Pavilions and the Industrial Designers Society of America Design Center—to further showcase what’s hot in the industry.

Come NPE2018 time—May 7-11 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida—more than 65,000 attendees from all over the world will be able to navigate more than 1 million net square feet (nsf) of operating machinery, new product demos, exciting innovations, and emerging technologies from more than 2,000 leading suppliers of primary processing machinery, auxiliary equipment, tooling, software, materials, additives, and more. This year’s show will also feature 10 process-specific Technology Zones—plus International Pavilions and the Industrial Designers Society of America Design Center—to further showcase what’s hot in the industry. There are a number of specialized areas, all of which will be located in the South Hall.
 

3D/4D Printing: Attendees here can explore the trends and technologies behind three- and four-dimensional prototypes, mold components, and even finished parts—
direct from digital files.

 

Bottles: Aimed at attendees who work with PET preforms, molds, labeling, filling, closures, design, inspection equipment, auxiliary equipment and more in container manufacturing. At the Bottle Zone Technical Forum, hosted by PETplanet, drinktec, and the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT), attendees can explore innovations in the manufacturing of bottles, from beverages and pharmaceuticals to personal care. Topics include: Raw materials, additives, barrier, preform and closure manufacturing, bottle blow molding technologies, bottle filling and inspection technologies, downstream packaging and recycling. Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with other plastics professionals in the Bottle Zone Biergarten.
 

Business & Finance: In charge of running a business? Mingle in this area with exhibitors that serve the plastics industry in the areas of publishing, education, research, transportation, banking, software development, consulting, and more.
 

Flexible Vinyl: How is PVC being used in medical, automotive, construction, packaging and consumer products markets? Exhibitors in this zone supply both plastisols (liquids) and solids (pellets, cubes, powders, etc.).
 

Material Science: Materials are playing a key role in revolutionizing many of the products consumers are buying, from appliances to electronics. Check out the exhibitors in this zone for material innovations in durability, strength, weight, cost-efficiency, and more.
 

Medical Parts Processing: Plastics is driving development of medical devices and components at a time when global demand is burgeoning. In this zone, visit suppliers of plastics materials used in medical devices and diagnostics, as well as the plastics processors who are making these innovative, life-saving products.
 

Moldmaking. In this exhibit space, you’ll find global suppliers of complete molds, mold components, software, and more.
 

Processors: From blow molding to extrusion to injection molding, processors use many technologies to transform raw materials into the products used by consumers. This zone will feature manufacturers of plastics products for a wide variety of end markets.
 Re|focus: Market forces are driving demand for recycled products and driving suppliers to develop overall production processes that are sustainable. In this zone, you’ll have access to recycling systems and discrete equipment, and the processors and brand owners seeking sustainable solutions for their own businesses.

 

Thermoforming: This zone features thermoformers or suppliers to this market sector, whether thin- or thick-gauge, for packaging and industrial applications.
 

Also featured in the South Hall is the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Design Center featuring companies providing design services, design technology, and design software for the plastics industry. With design becoming so critical to form, function, image, and sustainability, these are the companies to help you navigate product development.
International Pavilions will also be in the South Hall. Here, attendees can “go global” without leaving the show floor. NPE has a longstanding tradition of partnering with plastics trade associations and external trade groups around the world, dedicated to excellence in plastics and manufacturing.

 

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