The Amazing Packaging Race took over the PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 show floor and four students from Team Seven outplayed 14 other teams to win new iPads, courtesy of contest sponsor ASCO. PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, hosted the seventh annual event.
Team Seven — Kyle Moore (Indiana State University), Sergio Clois (Cal Poly), Elizabeth Meidenbauer (Virginia Tech) and Sofia Silva (Rutgers University) — won with a mixture of strategy and skill, perfecting a balance of completing tasks and reaching the most exhibitors.
In second place was Team Three, Fenghua Zeng (Rutgers University), Meng Want (RIT), Virginia Shih (Virginia Tech) and Laura Elizabeth (Michigan State).
“PACK EXPO is the largest classroom for packaging and processing technologies, and thanks to the participating exhibitors we were able to provide the students hands-on experience like none they’ll get anywhere else,” says Glen Long, sr. vice president of PMMI.
The 29 participating companies were spread out among the more than 1.25 million net square feet of exhibit space: 3M; APPMA; Automation & Control Inc. (ACI); Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc.; Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc.; Coesia; Cozzoli Machine Company; Daubert Cromwell; Dorner Mfg. Corp; Duravant; Fenner Drives; Fogg; Garvey Corporation; HMC Products; Industrial Repair Service; Intelligrated; Langguth America; MASSMAN Automation Designs, LLC; Matrox Imaging; Millwood, Inc.; Morrison Container Handling Solutions; OMAC; Plexpack Corp.; Poly Pack; Schneider Electric; Schneider Packaging Equipment; Shurtape; Specright and Starview Packaging Machinery.
Ten PMMI Partner Schools were on board for the contest: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Cal-Poly, Clemson University, Hennepin Technical College, Indiana State University, Michigan State, Rochester Institute Technology, Rutgers University, San Jose State and Virginia Tech.
This is the second time that the APPMA have sponsored the Amazing Packaging Race and they look forward to participating again in 2017.