The machinery-based competition seeks converting machinery innovations only in the fields of corrugating and related operations, flatbed and rotary diecutting, printing equipment, labeling and laminating, folding/gluing and other related finishing operations. In short, virtually any machine operation in the plant is qualified for entry in this competition.
"Machinery" is defined as the products and services directly involved in the actual mechanical converting process in a boxplant. "Mechanical" covers all operations that involve direct contact with linerboard, corrugating medium, and/or combined corrugated board, that would include printing, cutting, creasing, scoring, stitching, gluing, etc.
The next machinery competition will be held in the fall of 2020 (to tie in with SuperCorrExpo).
Innovator of the Year Winners - Machinery
2016: Gemini North America / Barberan
High-speed, high-quality digital printer
2012: JB Machinery
KleenPlate (tm) - plate wash eliminator
Inline R.F.I.D. Embedding System for Flexo Folder-Gluers
2004: Alliance Machine Systems International, LLC
ALF-MAX the Robotic Palletizer System
2001: Curioni USA Inc.