By Jasmin Shearan, Account Manager

Now that the Summer has drawn to a close, the Sciad team are keen to make the most of upcoming events in the science and engineering sectors. A few weeks ago I attended PPMA Total Show at the NEC, Birmingham. The event, which ran from 27th-29th of September, hosted 400 exhibitors across the processing and packaging industries. PPMA showcased the latest in machinery, robotics and industrial vision systems, as well as innovations in materials, containers and packaging design. Companies from a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals and food and beverage, were brought together to network, share new ideas, meet with technical experts and enjoy free ice cream (yes, really!).

One of our clients, leading manufacturer of peristaltic pumps and associated fluid path technologies, Watson-Marlow, was exhibiting — a friendly team at an eye-catching stand. I had arranged for two editors to meet Watson-Marlow at PPMA and have a tour of the solutions on display, and both meetings were very successful. Since a lot of communication takes place online these days, it was great to meet with long-standing connections face-to-face.  

The event also had an extensive seminar programme, with technical experts from a variety of fields sharing insight into their subject area. One of the seminars I attended was ‘sustainable biorefinery solutions through membrane filtration’, led by Jos van Dalfsen, R&D Director at Wafilin Systems. Jos explored how membrane filtration is used to extract valuable components in agricultural crops and how membrane applications developed by Wafilin Systems can save energy and water in such processes. The Wafilin Systems team describe themselves as ‘masters in membranes’, developing unique membrane filtration systems to meet challenges in the food and dairy industries.

Sciad would like to thank the organisers of PPMA Total Show for organising a fantastic event.


Jasmin Shearan
Account Manager

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