3 Virtual Engineering Days Offer 30 Sessions of Smart Technology From Robots to MedTech

Top presenters are lined up to showcase breaking technology in packaging, manufacturing, 3D printing, and plastics.

Design News Staff

May 24, 2021

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Informa has lined up a stellar group of presenters on June 15-17, 2021. The digital event will feature more than 30 free content sessions across four tracks – 3D printing; Sustainability; Plastics, Processing & Materials; and Smart Manufacturing and Robotics – as well as a robust showcase of suppliers spanning the Pack, Plastec, Automation Technology, and Design & Manufacturing event brands.

Virtual Engineering Days, an all-new digital conference and exposition for plastics, packaging, and manufacturing professionals to gain new insights and meet suppliers that can help drive their businesses forward.

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Keynotes Include:

Tuesday, June 15, 11:00 a.m. Eastern:

Robin Phillips, Head of the SpaceLab, at maxon will present Motors in Space: To Mars and Beyond

Phillips will explain how designs must push beyond their limits to offer greater precision while operating in harsh environments—with a no-fail requirement—as NASA and partners push beyond their limits, launching rovers and helicopters to the Red Planet.

Wednesday, June 16, 11:00 a.m. Eastern

Ernel Simpson, Global Vice President of Research and Development, TerraCycle will present Designing for Sustainable Manufacturing

Simpson proposes an urgent challenge to engineering and manufacturing. He will discuss the creation of sustainable products and processes that conserve energy and natural resources while lessening negative impacts upon the natural environment.

Related:Virtual Engineering Week in Review

Track: Packaging
Rapid Fire with Medical Packaging Trailblazers

  • Jennifer Benolken, MD&M & Regulatory Specialist, DuPont

  • Rod Patch, Sr. Director, Package Engineering & Product Labeling, Johnson & Johnson Vision

  • Dan Burgess, Fellow - Packaging Engineer, Boston Scientific

  • Thierry Wagner, Global Director Regulatory & Standards - Healthcare, DuPont

  • Jordan Montgomery, Distinguished Packaging Engineer, Medtronic

  • Geoff Pavey, Technical Fellow-Technology Manager, Oliver HCP

Join Rod Patch of Johnson & Johnson and Jennifer Benolken of DuPont as they discuss the latest hot topics for medical device packaging. You’ll hear their interviews with top industry experts on issues like innovation and collaboration, accomplishments in test methods, and regulatory standards.

Track: 3D Printing
Medical Applications with Pellet Based 3D Printing – Highlighting Implantable Materials and Pharmaceuticals
Speakers: Gerry Berberian, National Sales Manager, Additive; Arburg; Dr. Sheng Qi, PhD, Bioengineering Researcher, University of East Anglia School of Pharmacy; Balaji Prabhu, Director of Strategic Marketing, Medical Device Solutions, Evonik

Related:Session Snapshot: Virtual Engineering Week

Pellet-based 3D printing allows users to print real materials, opening up a variety of unique medical applications. Join Arburg's Gerry Berberian, as he highlights some unique applications enabled by the APF (Arburg Plastic Freeforming) technology.

Track: Plastics Processing & Materials
New Automotive Requirements Drive Increased Opportunity for Plastics Industry
Speaker: Adam Halsband, Managing Director, Forward Engineering North America

Thanks to the Electrification of Powertrains and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the Automotive Industry is in the midst of a tectonic shift in customer and technical requirements. Customer expectations and vehicle use cases are shifting dramatically, creating new opportunities and challenges for the next generation of light vehicle design, development, manufacturing, and assembly.

Track: Plastics Processing & Materials
An Outlook for the Plastics Industry: Politics, Policy & Economics
Speakers: Tony Radoszewski, President & CEO of PLASTICS and Perc Pineda, Chief Economist, PLASTICS

COVID-19’s impact on the U.S. economy has been far-reaching across plastics end-markets, from the auto sector to healthcare. The pandemic’s effects on each has been different. However, the utility of plastic to virtually every industry remains unchanged, and the material will be even more important in the future, not only as a result of healthcare trends.



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