The largest Amazing Packaging Race ever took over the PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 show floor Wednesday and five students from Team Five outlasted 27 other teams to win new iPads, courtesy of contest sponsor ASCO Numatics.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, hosted the fifth annual event.
Team Five — Amed Kanan from Hennepin Tech, Hannah Newman of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Aaron Ertel from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Jenna Hines and George Klingbail each from Michigan State — won with a mixture of strategy and skill, perfecting a balance of completing tasks and reaching the most exhibitors.
In second place was Team Four: Colin Mitchell from Clemson University, Benjamin Kuester of Alexandria Tech, James Spencer from Hennepin Tech, Kyler Shearer of Michigan State University and Vignesh Iyer, RIT.
“This was by far our biggest turnout ever, with 140 students participating,” says Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI. “Working as a team and under time constraints gives them just a taste of what they can look forward to once they graduate and enter the packaging industry.”
The 22 participating companies were spread out among the more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space: 3M; Arrowhead Systems, Inc.; Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc.; Daubert Cromwell; Dorner Mfg. Corp; Filamatic; Fox IV Technologies; Garvey Corporation; KHS USA; Langguth America; MASSMAN Automation Designs, LLC; Matrox Imaging; Millwood, Inc.; Morrison Container Handling Solutions; Murrelektronik Inc.; Packsize, LLC; Pearson Packaging Systems; Plexpack Corp.; Sealed Air Corporation; Shurtape Technologies LLC; Source One; Starview Packaging Machinery.
“We often say PACK EXPO is the world’s largest classroom for packaging and processing technologies, and thanks to the participating exhibitors — especially ASCO Numatics, which sponsored the contest — we were able to provide the students hands-on experience like none they’ll get anywhere else,” Ferrante says.
Ten PMMI Partner Schools were on board for the contest: Alexandria Tech, CalPoly, Clemson University, Hennepin Tech, Michigan State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rutgers, San Jose State, UW- Stout, Virginia Tech.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 650 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, packexpo.com, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.
PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 16–18, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10–12, 2015 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico); EXPO PACK México 2015, June 16–19 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Sept. 28-30, Las Vegas Convention Center); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015.