The best takeaways from Digital Manufaturing Global Expert Survey

At PackIOT we are consistently looking for ways to help the companies develop strategies for their digital transformation journey. We are always reaching for new content, reading reports, looking for articles to help our leads and customers to develop a good strategy and creating new free tools and resources to deliver value back to the manufacturing industry. Earlier today, I read a McKinsey's report named Digital Manufacturing Global Expert Survey: Escaping Pilot Purgatory. Although the survey was run three years ago - in a completely different environment - it still brings some valuable insights into how manufacturers’ struggles when moving towards digital transformation are not different from country to country. It also brings some concerning behaviors by those manufacturers that are contributing to build what McKinsey call “pilot purgatory", which means that the manufacturing companies have significant activity underway, but are not yet seeing meaningful bottom-line benefits from them. Different companies from around the globe often make the same missteps when it comes to Digital Manufacturing strategy and implementation. In order to escape these so-called "pilot purgatory", and to capture and sustain the value from digital technologies, McKinsey recommended that organizations focus on six success factors, but…

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91% of manufacturing companies have increased their digital transformation investments, tells report

An international report developed by Fictiv and Dimensional Research states that the pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital technologies. While a lot of the past year has been responding to the crisis, the report finds that in 2021 the companies were planning and rushing to increase manufacturing agility. And that is the main reason why 91% of manufacturing companies have increased their digital transformation investments. According to the report, that you can find here, 95% said the pandemic has had long-term effects on their business and the manufacturing industry will never go back to the way things were. "From automation to sustainability, we are seeing a tremendous shift of strategic priorities for manufacturing companies, led by the very highest levels of leadership. Speed, agility, and resilience are the key business outcomes and digital manufacturing is the current that runs through every innovation initiative." It is also important to point out that 77% stated their investment increase in digital transformation was significant or dramatic and 95% agree that digital transformation in manufacturing is essential to their company's future success. Since Digital Transformation can be defined as a phenomenon which incorporates the use of digital technology to traditional problem-solving, we…

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Handling time-series workloads in IIoT by Mario Ishikawa

Learn more about how to better handle Industrial IoT with PackIOT's CTO and Co-Founder Mario G. Ishikawa. Mario talks about what is IIoT, how important is time-series in IIoT, the benefits of transforming data into useful information through Industry 4.0, important Timescale resources and some benchmark numbers to compare data processing from 10 sensors in a month. Then he wraps up the talk by answering questions like: why people would still use IIoT specific databases nowadays; what is the hard part of using Timescale for IIoT; how to model the database when you do no know beforehand how many or which sensor you are going to monitor.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-FxD0bbN38

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Pack Expo 2021: top 10 packaging events to attend this year

If you are missing visiting a trade show, we think it is time for you to start preparing to attend one. Organizers are planning their events with all safety requirements. People seem very happy to be back on the road, doing business in person. Everyone we are starting to meet share the same feeling: it is great that we've learned to hold some meetings online, making things more productive, but nothing replaces a firm hand shake and looking in the eyes. To make your life easier, we have prepared a guide best 10 Pack Expo, Packaging Expo, Trade Shows, Fairs, Exposition, Exhibition, Events to attend in 2021. Download the Ultimate List with more than 150 Packaging Events Worldwide: 2021 & 2022 October Plastics Extrusion World Expo Pharmapack Europe Expo / Healthcare Packaging Expo October 13-14, 2021 Paris, France Launched in 1997, Pharmapack is the European event for Pharmaceutical Packaging, Drug Delivery, Medical Devices and Machinery. Pharmapack started as a biannual conference and exhibition, taking place every other year in Paris, until industry developments demanded a more frequent event to help the industry stay up to date on the latest trends, developments and regulations. In the past 20+…

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Digital Maturity in the Packaging Industry has a long way to go, tells international report

To help people better understand how dig into Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation the Packaging Industry is, PackIOT developed a new study called Digital Maturity in the Packaging Industry. We invited people, from 28 different countries, to describe their packaging factories, data collection and data analysis processes, the metrics and KPIs they follow and softwares they use. Download it now for free! In particular, we were interested in understanding what is the level of digital maturity that the packaging industry is experiencing. We also asked what kind of softwares and tools they have in the factories: ERP, MES, Production Analytics, PLCs. And what kind of production insights they are able to access with those tools. We discovered that the survey findings' identifies a lot of room for improvement in the Packaging Industry. Companies struggle to identify their bottlenecks and to keep track of their OEE. Automatic data collection is not a trend yet, goals are not openly discussed and few plants know if they are on track on planned downtimes. I want to see the full report! You will also be able to compare your plant to others based on the number of employees. Some other insights…

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50 free courses that every modern industry professional should be aware of

Do you want to stand out in your company, get a raise, and be a performer with better results? So this free special list is for you. According to McKinsey, the future of work will require two types of changes across the workforce: upskilling, in which staff gain new skills to help in their current roles, and reskilling, in which staff need the capabilities to take on different or entirely new roles. The key to adapt to the future of work in the manufacturing industry is to acquire knowledge on areas that will help you in the Industry 4.0 environment. And that is why PackIOT developed the special list: 50 Free Courses and Webinars that every modern industry professional should be aware of. This Free Special List covers areas that are trending on the Manufacturing Industry: 01. Digital Transformation This area covers topics like: sustainability through digital transformation, how to build a digital transformation strategy and leadership in digital transformation. 02. Lean Manufacturing and Production Improvement Fundamental principles, practices and tools of Lean Six Sigma, the Hidden Value of lean manufacturing and services and more.  03. Leadership, Management and Future of Work Will automation take away our…

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How you can adopt Post-Consumer Recycled to make your Packaging Industry greener

Sustainability is the number one question for packaging manufacturers around the world. Brands from all over the world have established environmental goals. They are demanding for a sustainable product  from the packaging industry and seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. The easiest approach for them to achieve this goal is requesting from the packaging industry an ecological friendly packaging like Post-Consumer Recycled packaging. The three main sustainable options for environmentally responsible packaging are recyclable, biodegradable and post-consumer recycled. Recyclable can be reprocessed into new products after they have been used, biodegradable packaging has an ability to break down naturally into non-toxic component substances and the post-consumer recycled (PCR) is a collected, cleaned, reprocessed and remade material that consumers have already used and discarded. A local recycling facility collects these used materials, such as aluminium, paper, plastic and cardboard, separates them by type and sells them to companies that seek to reprocess it into a new product. The biggest impact of using PCR materials on packaging is reducing your factory's carbon footprint. For example, on the last ADF Digital Days, Dr. Martin Hartmann, Head of Corporate Quality Management of Nussbaum, explained that it takes 6.7g of CO2 to…

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Digital Maturity in the Packaging Industry Benchmark Report

PackIOT decided to create a Benchmark Report to understand how digital mature are the packaging manufacturers around the globe. The goal of this benchmark report is to help the packaging industries to have a better understanding of itself during the journey through Digital Transformation. If the Digital Transformation could be defined as the attempt of companies and businesses to use technology and tools to innovate certain processes and products within the enterprise environment, the Digital Maturity would be the stage that the company is during this transformation. A digital mature organization is more prepared to respond and take advantage of technological innovations.  And that is why you should get a full understanding of what is your stage of Digital Maturity and where you are among the whole packaging industries. To build a complete report, we are approaching themes like: the importance of a transparent, easy and accessible information flow inside the factory; how involving people with different specializations in specific projects can bring success to your company; real-time data collection to see the trends, get insights and identify what is harming the manufacturing proccess; using the fast information flow to act upon unexpected problems in a short period of time; and…

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