The Two Webinars On Transformation and Digitalization of The Packaging Industry You Can’t Miss

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT Looking back at 2020, it was a year of new discoveries, challenges a lot of new trials and testing. In the midst of a global pandemic aligned with the uncertainty that comes with it, it feels daunting to try something never done before. Nevertheless, it felt right to take this time and try to connect different people from the industry for a higher purpose! It was time to elevate the bar, to try new ways of producing content, join different experts from around the globe and bring this directly to you. November and December of 2020 were busy months where we finally decided to go ahead and organize a series of webinars part of PackIOT Talks. This cycle was merely dedicated to debate the transformation and digitalization of the Packaging Industry. Joining different stakeholders from different countries and organizations, we wanted to try something new while bringing value to you and to everyone involved. And so it was! On the 24th of November 2020, we had our first ever webinar under the theme "Technology for Operational Efficiency in Packaging". The Packaging Industry has been at a crossroads with significant pressure…

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The Top 5 Packaging Trends That 2020 Has Showed Us

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT Packaging is essential to so many industries such as pharmaceutical, food processing, manufacturing industry, fast-moving consumer goods, among others. This aligned with the increasing development of packaging in emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, Russia and some other eastern European countries are the main factors driving the packaging industry. Throughout the last years we have experienced the growth of global trade, urbanization and population growth, with an increased pressure on exports and imports as well as packaging for the safety of goods. This faster pace of life was also translated into consumption “on the go” which increased the need for food service packaging. The packaging industry has been coming up with different technological innovations such as safe closures, flexible handling or easy portioning. All these assets help extending the packaging portfolio of this industry. Looking back to 2020 we all can agree that this was a crazy year that was not part of anyone's worst dreams (or nightmares!). Nevertheless, so many other positive things happened! 2020 is coming to an end and what a better time to look back at some of the best trends we have seen happening…

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Free Tool Guide To Help Your Packaging Factory Reach Its Highest Potential

Digital transformation, Industry 4.0, operational efficiency, production metrics, manufacturing dashboards and packaging manufacturing are topics that have been following PackIOT for a while now. Throughout all this time we have been trying to show you how technology can play a huge part in our lives and in our manufacturing businesses, specifically. It felt right to do a compilation of the main materials we have created so far that can help you on this journey to become more digital and efficient within the packaging manufacturing world. Below you will find  list of the main free resources that PackIOT has created throughout the past months: 1_Free Guide: 15 Essential KPIs and Metrics For Packaging Manufacturers Plant managers and executives often feel the information overload about the production of their factories. This is a challenge as it becomes more difficult to analyze everything and decide which metrics should be used in their businesses to create better reports and analysis. These manufacturing metrics and KPIs will help you monitor, analyze and, consequently, optimize the production processes in your factory. This will obviously contribute to the improvement of the quality and quantity of produced goods. Our free guide covers everything from production…

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Does Efficiency Go Hand-in-Hand with Sustainability in Manufacturing?

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT Sustainability is based on the idea that the activities performed should “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. On an industrial level, this basically means growing the manufacturing industry making sure that we keep the environmental, social and economic impacts at a sustainable level. On the other hand, resource efficiency means improving efficiency and effectiveness of how we use resources (materials but also land, soil, air, water, biodiversity and ecosystems). This might be using less to produce more and causing less impact from the resources we are using. Measuring the levels of sustainability and (resource) efficiency are a first step to really understand where we stand and where we have come from. Only this way can we understand progress, its speed and direction. Consequently, we will be in the right place to adopt effective management strategies. In the manufacturing world we can all agree that AI is a big impulse to sustainable development, paving the way to a more eco-friendly, less waste and energy-efficient sector. This includes diminishing the impact of the industry’s main problems such as: Excessive use of…

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How AI Drives Sustainability In The Packaging Industry?

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT It starts to become clearer and clearer the connection between artificial intelligence and sustainability. AI is on its way to help the world become more sustainable and that is no different for the packaging industry. Necessarily, the road implies addressing the three P’s of sustainability – people, planet and profit – and how AI is influencing each one of these levels in manufacturing. The millennial workforce is becoming disruptive, increasingly aiming to adopt long-term policies that will provide a more stable and sustainable environment. This is becoming part of a growing identity. The industrial actors that put aside sustainability goals have or will have a harder time to find a future workforce or customers. This is simply explained by the fact that these agents will not invest in products or services that do not meet nor represent their values. Interestingly, we can expected a future tendency to evaluate the companies less on their profit and loss statements and more on their commitment with the three P’s of sustainability. 1_People In order for you to be able to create the workforce of the future in your own factory it is essential…

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How Knowing The OEE Can Help Your Factory Become More Efficient?

By Eduardo Weingärtner, Chief Data Officer at PackIOT In today’s highly competitive and fast-moving markets, it is essential for manufacturing companies to promote a culture of continuous improvement in the entire organization in order to become more productive and efficient. To stay ahead you need to always keep an eye on the next level of performance. It is thus important to focus, not only but also, on how to eliminate “waste”, i.e. activities that do not add value to the customers. But before the “how” can be answered, one needs to know where the problems are. Thus - as in Six Sigma -  you first need to measure and analyze your processes before being able to improve them. When it comes to the shop-floor, the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a great metric to be followed. OEE can help you identify the main sources of waste in the production lines/equipment and consequently highlight areas of possible improvement. At the same time, it is also a powerful way of benchmarking progress.   As mentioned in one of PackIOT’s previous blog posts, in a perfect production OEE would equal 100%. Thus, if a production line or equipment has an OEE…

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MES or Production Analytics: What Is The Best Solution for My Packaging Factory?

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT Production Analytics is not the same as Manufacturing Execution System - MES. Both are different tools with different goals. We want to help you understand and spot the main differences between these two distinct systems and hopefully help you make better decisions for your factory in the future. The goal of any manufacturing analytics application is always to increase capacity, productivity and throughput. Basically, what all this means is doing more with the same already existing resources. This is achieved by using machine and operator data through which is possible to find and eliminate bottlenecks in the manufacturing processes. In this sense, MES software might present some limitations. While it is possible to identify common functionalities between production (or manufacturing) analytics and MES they are completely different tools used for different jobs. 1_MES - Manufacturing Execution System MES is an information system that leads the execution of manufacturing operations. The goal is always to achieve and maintain high performance. To meet these goals MES is able to perform and complete a group of tasks on the factory floor that are integrated with other systems across the organization: Monitor and enforce…

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The 4 Advantages of Adopting SaaS vs On Premises for the Packaging Industry

By Mario Ishikawa, CTO at PackIOT The IoT revolution is here and we cannot deny it. What is incredible for manufacturing is that with the IoT adoption on the shop floor, we saw the convergence of OT - Operational Technology with IT - Information Technology, creating the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT. It does not mean killing what is already out there, but bringing more connectivity and use cases for so much data that can be collected on a plant. But certainly, there is an overlap. If in the past the stack PLC + SCADA or dedicated gateway was basically the only option to collect data from the process, now there are many more possibilities. And when we are not talking about critical missions, it is certainly viable to think in a system on the cloud. One thing is when you need your operator to keep the process in control using an HMI. Another thing is when you want your manager to study past data to make better maintenance decisions for a packaging line. For that case, a cloud solution, presented as a SaaS (software as a service) offering can have several advantages: 1_Converting CapEx to…

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The 5 Steps To Bring Industry 4.0 Into Your Factory

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT Introducing Industry 4.0 is always a disruptive and challenging process for businesses and their employees. Manufacturers are progressively getting familiar with the idea of the smart factory and it is becoming hard to ignore its advancements towards becoming the new reality of the industry. One thing is clear: companies should prepare ahead and rethink their approach as the industry continuously advances towards the implementation of 4.0 technologies. As we already saw in previous blog posts, the technology of Industry 4.0 consists of interconnected systems. Consequently, data is shared across these systems allowing for the creation of meaningful insights. Manufacturers are then in the right position to analyze and make the best decisions for their factories towards a more lean environment (reducing expenses and optimizing operations). By now, you are probably wondering what are the exact steps you need to take to finally start your journey with Industry 4.0. We thought about this and compiled a list of the five main steps towards implementing 4.0 technologies to transition to the Smart Factory! 1_Identify Pain Points and Pick a Vendor The first step to start this journey is to document the pain…

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The Industry 4.0 in Europe and the Packaging Industry

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT A lot of questions have been raised regarding the capacity that Europe has to adapt to the revolution of Industry 4.0 and in the packaging industry in particular. In this blog post we will go over the four main topics to cover this subject Opportunities of Industry 4.0 Challenges Europe is facing to adopt Industry 4.0 Context in the packaging industry regarding Industry 4.0 The next steps to boost the adoption of 4.0 technologies According to the study done by Interreg Europe on Industry 4.0, the industrial sector has been seeing a great development due to the adoption of new digital technologies, materials and processes. The Industry 4.0 is progressively becoming a priority for policymakers in Europe. It can present itself as an impulse to productivity gains, redefine the whole industrial production model and potentially having a major impact on manufacturing employment.   Nevertheless, there is a very interesting scenario to be analyzed. Between 2007 and 2017, the EU economy has experienced a decline from 20.1% to 19.6% of the relative contribution of industry. Besides, the share of the industry also ranges from 30% in Ireland and Czech Republic to…

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