Niched x Generic Solution: Which One Fits Best Your Factory’s Digital Transformation Journey?

By Fernando Pacheco, COO at PackIOT Find the right solution that really fits your digital transformation maturity/moment is not an easy task. But being honest, it neither does have to be a nightmare. First of all, we’ve been saying this for so long: industry 4.0. innovation and digital transformation are not only about technology but also highly committed and related to the culture of a company. After overcoming this stage of the cultural challenge, you will be able to pick the right suppliers to help you solve your factory's pain points. But should you choose a niched solution or a generically one?  (no matter the service you are looking for). This is a simple question to answer. Always choose the company/technology that has experience in your sector. Most of the time, niched solutions are adapted to address your needs because they were created to solve those specific problems exactly, already familiar to you and your factory. #1 How to find out if a company is able to help your packaging factory? Check out their cases: does the company have experience in your sector? Do you know their clients? How are they positioning themselves in the market? Ask…

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Qual é o Nível de Maturidade Digital Da Sua Fábrica De Embalagem? Descubra agora, e de graça, com nossa assistente virtual

Muitos profissionais de empresas de embalagem estão curiosos para saber quão maduras suas empresas estão em termos de transformação digital. Mas, geralmente, este simples interesse vem ligado a três problemas, bem desconfortáveis: - é necessário realizar pesquisas complexas por conta própria - formulários de terceiros são muito chatos e trabalhosos - consultores cobram caro demais para entregar algo a você Tentamos resolver isto de uma maneira muito simples. Eliminamos os formulários chatos (desculpe, mas são sim), jogamos fora a necessidade de você fazer cálculos complexos por conta própria e criamos uma ferramenta gratuita. Sim, uma ferramenta gratuita e instantânea!!! Conheça Eva, nossa analista virtual de dados. Em uma conversa simples de 2 minutos, ela entregará um relatório de seu nível de maturidade digital. Estas são perguntas rápidas e fáceis sobre tópicos que você domina na rotina diária da sua fábrica. (clique no link e inicie sua AVALIAÇÃO GRATUITA). No final, Eva lhe dará o nível em que você está e o que você pode fazer para melhorar ainda mais. E repito: online, gratuito e totalmente intuitivo. Que tal tentar uma conversa com ela? Experimente agora, de graça. Primeiro de tudo: maturidade digital é cultura, não apenas adoção…

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How Digitally Mature Is Your Packaging Factory? Find Out Now With Our Free And Exclusive Chatbot Assessment

Many employees of packaging companies are curious to know how mature their enterprises are in terms of digital transformation. But usually, this simple interest comes tied to three problems: - it is necessary to carry out complex research on your own - third party forms are very boring - consultants charge too much to deliver something to you We try to solve this in a very simple way. We eliminate the boring forms (sorry, but they are), we throw away the need for you to do complex calculations on your own and we create a free tool. Yes, a free and instant tool!!! Meet Eva, our virtual data analyst. In a simple conversation of 2 minutes, she will deliver a report of your digital maturity level. These are quick and easy questions on topics you master in your organization's daily routine. (click on the link and start your FREE ASSESSMENT). In the end, Eva will give you what level you're at and what you can do to improve even more. And I repeat: online, free, and totally intuitive. How about trying a conversation with her? Try it now, for free. First of all: digital maturity is about…

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Deploying Industrial Analytics from Scratch (by Kudzai Manditereza)

Industrial Analytics has the potential to transform how organizations identify and eliminate operational problems that often arise in manufacturing plant-floors. Problems such as lack of visibility, unplanned downtime, low quality, and management of changeovers. Moreover, industrial analytics can help detect opportunities and/or issues that may have gone unnoticed. Examples include the detection of anomalous conditions in equipment and process data.  If operating your factory with the highest possible efficiency is what you yearn for, then there couldn't have been a better time than now for you to start on the path of understanding how Industrial Analytics work, and how they can help you transform the way you run operations.  In a nutshell, Industrial Analytics is a solution that helps you identify wastage in your factory. Wastage in the form of production defects, over-production, unplanned downtime, non-utilization of equipment, extra processing, inventory, transportation, and so forth. And once you've identified wastage, an analytics solution gives you the power to take action in order to reduce or eliminate that wastage. This article is meant to give you a guide on how you can go about deploying an analytics solution for your manufacturing plant. Let's first take a look at how…

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My Packaging Plant Already Collects Data. And Now What? Which Questions Should Be Answered?

By Fernando Pacheco, COO at PackIOT The situation described in the title is more common than one can imagine. And if you have come this far, it is likely that you have been facing this challenge in your factory. This problem can occur in several ways (they are not mutually excluding): Your machines are already factory-sensed and deliver general data, but you don't know what to do with it. Your data is stored in the PLC, but nobody could access it in an easy way and/or does not gets insights and information from there (you don't have a front-end tool, in the end). Your plant spends a giant amount of time manually collecting data, but it does not make any decisions. you already have a powerful MES in place, which helps you on a piece of the data journey, but you can't cross these numbers with real production information (actionable data). And after that, of course, these challenges can lead to other difficult situations, usually described by plant managers as below: "I wanted to automate everything. I have the data in different places, but every time we need to put it together, a person needs to sit down,…

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Online Packaging Events And Webinars: The Ultimate List Of 2020

Traditionally, the packaging industry has a strong culture of events and tradeshows. That's where engineers, marketing and sales professionals, account managers, and executives meet to keep an eye on the latest news. But, as you know, the pandemic caused by Covid-19 has changed a lot in this sector (and in almost all others). Face-to-face packaging events are increasingly rare and the whole industry has had to reinvent itself. And this was a good opportunity to migrate a bit from trade shows to the digital environment. To help you get organized, we've created a list of the main packaging events. It's a live catalogue and we'll always update it so you can stay on top of the news.   Online Events  Webpackaging LIVE - The virtual Packaging Exhibition The virtual exhibition of Webpackaging LIVE starts on the 1st of September. You will have access to the showcases for three months and it can be a great opportunity for you to acquire leads and contacts of other companies who are visiting the online event as well. While the event is running, you will be able to discover and explore new packaging products that were developed by the companies who…

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Why real-time data matters for the packaging industry

I don't even think we should start this article by telling you the benefits of real-time data. The best approach is to begin by showing you what happens when you don't have it. A good way to explain this is to imagine a scenario where you're driving your car: not having real-time data is the same as looking through the rearview mirror while driving, without paying attention to the road. Can you imagine pilots, air traffic controllers, and airport managers relying only on data collected 12 hours ago? Or two weeks ago? They need to make decisions on real-time. It seems an exaggerated example (and it is), but it's just to make a point and warn you that your plant might be losing a lot of money if you keep on using data collected on paper and excel spreadsheets (which have become obsolete). Manufacturing plants that do not have real-time data are always one step behind of the resolution of any problem. Or worse, they are always one step behind of finding out they have a problem. Real-time data in the packaging industry (manufacturing) The evolution of technology makes changes happen at an ever-increasing speed and in…

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How To Get A High Engagement Level From Operators On A Production Line
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How To Get A High Engagement Level From Operators On A Production Line

*By Fernando Pacheco - COO at PackIOT First of all, I would like to make something clear: I don't wish this article to be another one of those "guru" posts that you read on the internet (10 things to do to keep your operator engaged).To write this text, I tried to compile the years of experience of our team of production specialists (at PackIOT), combined with my background as a manager and researcher. I really hope this can turn into something useful for you and your team. For whom this content is intended: line supervisors, shift coordinators, plant managers, industrial directors, business managers, operators, and future leaders. In a recent survey, TTI Global has released some choking data on engagement and satisfaction in the manufacturing sector. "According to these new insights - which canvassed employees across 11 industry sectors between December 2018 and 31st May 2019 - Manufacturing employees provided the lowest employee satisfaction score (7.4/10) overall".  Based on the data they have collected, they analyzed what Manufacturing employees expect, as well as what they value the most. The highest of these continues to be ‘Understanding what is required from you’ (39%), followed by ‘Support from your line manager’ (30%).…

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IPackEXPO is gathering high-level packaging specialists in a global digital event

By Ruwen Moodley - The Open Packaging Network When we’re faced with a global pandemic such as the latest COVID-19 outbreak, this gives us the opportunity to reassess if our organizations are truly flexible enough to overcome obstacles. With the recent outbreak, all sorts of events have been canceled worldwide, including many major international trade-shows and global sourcing events that businesses rely on for the constant growth opportunities they present. According to the World Trade Organization, world trade is set to plunge by between 13-32% this year and this highlights the need for innovative solutions to induce trade within the packaging industry to combat the effect of the pandemic on the industry. The Open Packaging Network (OPN Platform) - already proven global leader of packaging industry digitalization, is ready to support packaging related companies in this trying time and host a First-Ever permanent virtual digital Trade Show - IPackEXPO for packaging industry stakeholders and decision-makers to meet and showcase their products, and continue to drive business. The rise of virtual events has given us the opportunity to off-set the effects of the pandemic as well as presented many new opportunities within the industry. Here are some of…

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QWERTY Stuck In Time. Gesture, Voice And Brain: The Future Of Controls.

By Eduardo Binotto, Software Engineer/IoT Developer at PackIOT Much is discussed about artificial intelligence, different ways of communication, languages, and manners to provide interaction between machines and human beings. But if we think about it, there is one area that has not progressed that far: the way we type. Patented in 1878, the QWERTY keyboard has been the main input device for computers since the birth of computing, having even been digitized into modern devices like our mobile phones. So, chances are that we will be typing, one way or another, for a long time to come. But, as technology evolves, new ways to interact with systems arise, and it’s important to stay up to date and see what the future may offer in terms of Human-Machine Interactions. Voice control  One of them that has been gathering traction in recent years is the Voice Control. Many computing devices today are capable of understanding speech in a way that they can easily control things with just a simple voice command. Although the hype, a survey showed that 46% of the respondents said that they have never used voice assistants, and another 19% rarely use, revealing that there is…

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