Process Expo
Suppliers will collaborate to create working processing lines during the September event.
MCLEAN, Va. – As part of the upcoming PROCESS EXPO trade show, the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) announced on May 16 that many exhibitors have committed to setting up working production lines for processing demonstrations during the event. The Sept. 19-22 event, held in Chicago’s McCormick Place will include a deli production line, which will demonstrate stuffing, slicing and packaging as well as a sausage production line, featuring a bowl cutter, stuffer, linker and hanging technology.

According to FPSA officials, demonstrations of the production lines will be scheduled three times per day with the goal of bringing supplier and processors together to interact and network. The demonstrations will be led, in large part, by the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance (MISA), and the effort represents the first time a collaboration of multiple suppliers have put together a production line at a trade show, FPSA said in a statement. 

“In addition, these production lines are a great way for processors to see the full line in action, to avoid potential purchasing mistakes, and discuss issues, ideas and thoughts with the suppliers face to face that might make a production line more effective and efficient,” said Jarrod McCarroll, CEO of Weber Inc., who serves as chairman of MISA for FPSA. 

Supplier companies participating in the processing lines include:

  • AmTrade Systems, Inc.
  • GEA North America
  • Handtmann Inc.
  • JBT Corp.
  • Mimasa a PRIMEdge Inc. Company
  • RapidPak – Middleby Processing and Packaging
  • Nu-Meat Technology
  • Poly-clip System
  • Viskase Cos. Inc.
  • Weber Inc. 

McCarroll added that in addition to the production line demonstrations, PROCESS EXPO will feature many opportunities for education and interaction with technology suppliers.

“The exhibitors and education program will focus on the development of new technologies like virtual and augmented reality, which will be on display, as well as discussions on diagnostic monitoring systems focusing on machine uptime and total cost of ownership.”