New 2 Hour Educational Learning Labs at MD&M West Will Feature Baxter Bioscience, BMW, Dell, GE Healthcare, Mattel, Northrup Grumman, Starbucks and Other Leading Groups in Design, Manufacturing, Engineering and Automation

ANAHEIM, California, December 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

UBM Canon is pleased to deliver 30 educational Learning Labs at MD&M West, that appeal to expo attendees across all seven co-located industry shows taking place February 11-13, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Each Learning Lab will be led by industry experts and practitioners who will explore practical case studies, technical innovations, and new technologies to deliver solutions across multiple key industry segments:

Design and Manufacturing:

Paul Selzer, from Baxter Bioscience will provide new information on wireless technology to optimize automation on the factory floor. Stefan Schmidt, a manager of plant development at BMW will help engineers and manufacturing professionals gain an understanding of how continuous improvement strategies can be linked with quality and lean tools. Bionics Lab Director, Jacob Rosen from the University of California, Santa Cruz will provide insight on balancing a robotic and human workforce in a workshop session to help professionals make the most of new robotic applications. Additionally, attendees will join in several hands-on workshops that will show how to "break the rules" of traditional brainstorming approaches and open up creative, innovative thinking.

Packaging:

Oliver Campbell, Director of Packaging Procurement, Dell and Jim Hanna, Director, Environmental Impact, Starbucks will provide key insights into the expanded uses and new applications for alternative and sustainable packaging materials. Both Mattel and Smashbox Cosmetics will participate in a Learning Lab designed to help demonstrate how retail brands can grow through package design that expands brand appeal to the consumer.  Finally, Professor Malcolm Keif, from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo will examine how integrating mobile and social media technologies with interactive packaging helps to gain insight into end users.

Medical:

Hear from leading healthcare and medical groups like Medtronic, Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson Company, Fountain ValleyRegionalHospital and more. Furthermore, James Hedrick of IBM Research will explore the latest strategies and technologies to reduce infection and thrombosis risk in medical implants and GE Healthcare's Russ Roberson, will cover tools to enhance quality control systems.

The Learning Labs program is proudly sponsored by DSM (http://www.dsm.com/) and Pressure Profile Systems (http://www.pressureprofile.com/).  The sessions are specifically focused on the educational needs of those working in: Design, R&D, Manufacturing, Automation, Quality, Regulatory, Packaging, Supply Chain and Medical Devices.

Visit any of our 7 show websites to learn which of the thirty Learning Labs are right for you:

Registration:

The expo is free to attend for qualified industry personnel. Book just one Learning Lab for $299, or a Flexi-Pass, to come and go as you please, for only $449! Early Bird Registration ends January 17th, 2014.

About UBM Canon

UBM Canon is one of the world's leading producers of shows, conferences, publications and electronic media for the modern, international industries of medical engineering, electronics, packaging, healthcare, design engineering, manufacturing, automation technology, quality assurance and plastics processing. UBM Canon also publishes a great many industry magazines, including Packaging Digest, Plastics Today, Pharmacetical and Medical Packaging News (PMPN), Design News, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), and Medical Product Manufacturing News (MPMN).

For further information, contact:

Media & Marketing Contact: Kelly Ryan, Kelly.Ryan@ubm.com , +1-310-445-8516

Content & Speaking roles: Eric Dente, eric.dente@ubm.com, +1-310-445-8561

Heather Townsend, heather.townsend@ubm.com, +1-310-445-8545

Sponsorship opportunities: Lysa Frankfort, lysa.frankfort@ubm.com, +1-310-445-4245

SOURCE UBM Canon



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