How Lean 4.0 Can Help Leverage Efficiency On Your Shop Floor

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT Lean manufacturing or lean production is a methodology already accepted in the industrial context. It concerns a strict approach to the integration of humans in the manufacturing process through the continuous improvement and focus on activities that add value while eliminating waste. On the other hand, we already know about Industry 4.0 and how it has been emerging in the manufacturing sector. What we usually call 4.0 technologies allow the creation of smart networks of machines, products, components, individuals and ICT systems in the entire value chain to have an intelligent factory. What is the value of lean methodology for manufacturers? It helps manufacturers reduce operational complexity, eliminate waste and drive productivity improvements by empowering workers on the shop floor. The human element is a key principle of lean manufacturing because human analysis and flexibility produces the majority of the efficiency from these principles. When we think about the types of waste considered in this methodology we can find eight: transportation, inventory, motion, waiting time, overproduction, over processing, defects and unutilized talent.  We can look at Industry 4.0 as the technology enabler and for lean manufacturing as the cultural application…

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Covid-19 Pandemic Drives Manufacturers to adopt a Digital Transformation Strategy

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT A study done by SYSPRO, a global provider of ERP software, is telling us that the covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the need for digital transformation among manufacturers. The study is called “The Inflection Point for the Factory of the Future” and you can find the report here. The survey was completed by 144 respondents at different managerial levels across different regions: USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific region. It gives us an overview into how manufacturers and distributors handled the shift caused by the pandemic. These actors have seen, overtime, an increased need for collaboration, supply chain disruptions and emerging trends to keep up with. Sounds interesting! Some key finding that are particularly interesting to look at: 47% OF BUSINESSES WERE UNABLE TO FUNCTION DUE TO OPERATIONAL STAFF RELIANCE ON-PREMISE. This comes to show us how unprepared the industry professionals were for a scenario where most of the workforce would have to work remote. Well, a pandemic came, unannounced and not a lot could be done to prevent it. The global lockdowns saw the rise of remote workforce and 47% of the businesses were not ready... the…

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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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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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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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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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