(Aug. 3) ARLINGTON, Va. — Like many industrial segments these days, radio frequency identification is on the minds of those in the packaging industry.

Because of this, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Arlington, has decided to make RFID a primary focus at this year’s Pack Expo International convention and exposition in Chicago.

The show, which is scheduled for Nov. 7-11 at McCormick Place, will feature a conference program divided into five time periods each day, with workshop sessions planned for each time slot.

The sessions have been broken down into several tracks, including RFID, security, operations, plastics, robotics and flexible packaging.

Charles Yuska, president of PMMI, said in a news release that the conference topics are designed to complement the new products and ideas showcased on the convention floor.

This year, attendees can register for individual sessions. Cost for the sessions is $55 per session if registered before Oct. 15 and $70 after that date or during the convention itself.

Registration for the Pack Expo exhibition is required before attending the conference program.

While not all of the speakers have been announced, the RFID track will feature speakers from such technology heavy hitters as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sun Microsystems and Michigan State University’s School of Packaging.

In addition to the workshop sessions, this year’s Pack Expo will also feature an RFID Pavilion featuring exhibits from RFID technology providers, software companies and packaging companies with information on RFID upgrades and program implementations.

Pack Expo is expected to have more than 1,900 exhibitors on 1.3 million square feet of show floor space this year.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.packexpo.com or call (703) 243-8555.