The Top 5 Packaging Trends That 2020 Has Showed Us

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 so far!  1_Environmentally Friendly Packaging Materials Sustainability,…

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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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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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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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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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