What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas, if it happens at Pack Expo.

Technology, displays, ideas and industry connections will go home with attendees afterward, even if the other things they do in Vegas won’t.

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute expo will be at the Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 26-28. The institute has more than 560 members and organizers expect more than 1,600 exhibitors to attend.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will give a leadership lecture from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

While the expo isn’t specific to produce, numerous companies will exhibit equipment tailored for bagging and shipping fresh fruits and vegetables.

There will be The Processing Zone, a special pavilion featuring technologies that enhance food safety, reduce waste, ensure freshness and improve sustainability.

The Brand Zone, which is sold out, will showcase container and material innovations. It will include plastic and paperboard products, and cover decorating and labeling techniques, as well as reclosable packaging options.

The Reusable Packaging Pavilion will focus on reusable pallets, hand-held containers, bulk containers and other transportation material.

Piab USA Inc., Hingham, Mass., will present its upgraded piCLASSIC vacuum pump series. It is available with 70% more vacuum flow capacity than older designs, according to a news release. It will be at booth 1726.

OCS Checkweighers Inc., Snellville, Ga., will show its HC-MEDIUM product. It runs at 250 pieces per minute, with the same control concept of its high-end HC-A. The product comes with several types of options; for example, it can be outfitted with a range of devices so it rejects products of incorrect weight, or it can come as a wash-down unit for harsh environments or stainless steel for damp rooms. It will be at booth 355.

Zip-Pak Inc., Pensacola, Fla., will display its Zip360. It is a flexible pouch format with wide-opening and pour-spout functionality, giving it use in multiple applications, such as convience packaging for fresh produce. It also enables graphics on its surface area. It will be at booth 623.

Batching Systems Inc., Prince Frederick, Md., will display In-Flight Volumetric Targeting Technology, designed for measuring small batches of expensive, high-volume product like individually quick frozen products, nuts, or fruit. It uses a multi-view scanner that tallies and measures the volume of products as they fall into accumulation chambers. The company says it eliminates clogging and jamming from full dumps into containers. It will be at booth C-1016.

To register for the expo, or for more information, visit the Pack Expo website, www.packexpo.com, or contact PMMI’s show department at (703) 243-8555 or expo@pmmi.org.

Pack Expo alternates between Chicago and Las Vegas, and is scheduled to be at McCormick Place in Chicago Oct. 28-31, 2012.