Intelligent Automation: The Future In Manufacturing

Written by Leonor Rocha | Customer Success at PackIOT Everything moves so fast that, if we needed to wait for someone to process high amounts of information that are generated every hour, it would take ages to come to a concrete conclusion. Intelligent automation and other technological processes were created with a purpose: simplify processes of data analysis. We live in a fast-paced world, with a natural tendency to become faster and faster as technology evolves. Even though many might still believe it came to replace us, one thing is for sure, technology was certainly designed to simplify our lives and change them for the better. In the industrial sector, it is often regarded as an invention conceived to take over the jobs of people who work in the field. I personally prefer to see it as an assistant tool conceived to work along with humans. It contributes to strengthening our intelligence and helps us to limit our exposure to intensive and monotonous activities that no one enjoys, but which are a necessity to forge ahead. Intelligent automation has as a core benefit, the capacity to improve the efficiency of certain processes, which are often unachievable by…

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15 Essential KPIs And Metrics For Packaging Manufacturers

Every day, plant managers and executives are constantly receiving tons of information about the production of their factories, making it difficult to analyze everything and decide which metrics are the ones that make more sense to be used in their business. Manufacturing metrics and KPIs help you, monitor, analyze, and consequently, optimize your production processes, contributing to an improvement of the quality and quantity of the produced goods. They provide valuable insights that will help you meet your goals. To know which ones are the most useful for your enterprise, take a look at the fifteen metrics we selected. This blog post is part of an Online Free Guide, with more details about all those KPIs. Download now for free.  01. Throughput This metric is the rate of how many units are produced on average, by a machine, cell or line over a certain period. 02. Manufacturing Cycle Time Also known as throughput time, this metric consists of the length of time from the start of the production to the delivery of the final product. 03. Machine Setup Time (Changeover) Time spent on setting up a machine or a production line, with the specifications of the new…

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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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Packaging Jobs: 7 Free Ways To Find Your Next Position

Global Packaging Market was valued at $900 billion, half the size of the "shoes and apparel" market. Meaning: this is a huge industry and it has a lot of worldwide opportunities. Whether or not you're in this sector, looking for jobs in packaging can be a great career move.  But, let's talk about this whole professional path. The first thing you should ask yourself is "why do I want a new job?" Although it sounds like a silly question, many people are not prepared to answer it. And have no question: the interviewers will try to find out what your current professional moment is (whether you want it or not). After, that initial stage, it would be great to be aware of two other important matters: What do you want from your career? What is your professional mood today? [You can find more tips on career management here] Are you ready to keep going? Next question on packaging jobs: where to start this search and where to find the best opportunities? 1 - Linkedin is a powerful tool to find packaging jobs Like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a dozen others, LinkedIn is a social network. And like…

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5 reasons why your packaging manufacturing factory should not have manual data inputs

Manual data entry is one of the biggest headaches in companies from different sectors. Manually processed tasks are more susceptible to human errors, which interfere directly with the performance of results. That is because inaccurate information hinders leaders in decision-making and can lead to catastrophic actions. In addition to these first points mentioned above, other numerous problems arise when manufacturing companies still use the manual method to collect, input, or store data. That's why our team of experts has created this guide with five reasons why you should not have manual data entry in your plant.  1. Manual data entry can drive to human errors As you might imagine, problem number one is related to human error. A natural feature of human beings is that we are never fully focused. For many reasons, we can be distracted when performing a task, commiting errors that can only be identified later when they have already hindered the progress of activities. And there are several factors that interfere with the probability of "human error" occurring. Either due to the complexity of a job, extensive working hours, excessive pressure from managers, among other reasons that lead the employee to be tired…

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How to use Excel to run a production dashboard at your factory?

How do I craft a production dashboard in my plant using Microsoft Excel? Let's start from the very beginning. In another article, we told you about the pitfalls of managing your entire factory using excel. It happens that many companies want to start their digital transformation and need to start internally, with a pilot project, and then hire an appropriate tool. Our Chief Data Officer, Eduardo Weingartner, has shot a video on the subject. On it, you will see how to use your machine data to create a production analysis dashboard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKwnFykf_AE&feature=youtu.be To complement this, Eduardo mentions some tools that can be integrated into the dashboard in Excel. When to subscribe to a production analytics software? First of all, nice question! Excel has very sensitive limitations (like Human error/data reliability, Data availability/information flow, Dashboards, and views / Important data can be hidden) and at some point, you will no longer be able to get relevant insights. This will impair your decision making for operational efficiency and cost reduction. Three of the main times to look for a professional solution are when you need more automation, powerful reports, and data reliability. This is the stage where professional software…

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Glossary of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing: 40 terms you must know

Since we have decided to discuss relevant terms and expressions, it is almost impossible not to start with this one: digital transformation. Well, digital transformation can be defined as a phenomenon that incorporates the use of digital technology to traditional problem solutions. Thus, it encompasses procedural changes in different spheres of society. This transformation modifies the paradigm of the use of technology, for example, in the following areas: government, economy, labor market, industry, future of work, education, medicine, arts, science, global communication, among others. We know it is hard to stay on top of everything since a lot of news (and new terms) are constantly coming out. That is why we have prepared this guide to help you get to know the main terms and expressions used within the 4.0 industry, internet of things and digital transformation contexts.  I hope you make good use of them at your next meeting. 3D Simulation Products, materials or even processes that can be simulated in 3D: so that it is possible to analyze actual data and thus improve the models before implementation. Advanced Manufacturing It is the combination of automation in the industry, with advances in computing, connectivity and IT.…

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Is it possible to hire a remote service from a software consulting company?

Hi, I hope you are doing well. Maybe you remember that another time we've talked about some traps to avoid when building your own production metrics system. As a helpful content blog (that's our main goal), we want to talk about other situations that you might face when trying to get more insights from your factory data: how to hire a software company? Or, more specifically, how to hire a remote software company? In 2017, an International Labor Organization study entitled "Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work" brought interesting data on remote work and how this model is changing the format for hiring companies, professionals and project teams. This study shows that in the US, 37 percent of all workers report that they "teleworked" in 2015, which rose slightly from 30 percent during the previous decade. This proportion is four times higher than 9% of workers who did so in 1995 (Gallup, 2014; Gallup, 2016). This guide wants to help you to be aware of different parts of the buying process, starting from the searching and finishing with the project deployment. What is a remote software company, in this context? We will consider…

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Digital transformation for manufacturing: back to basics

Digital Transformation is one of the most highlighted buzzwords of this age (industry 4.0 age, we mean). But the concept can accept a lot of situations above its umbrella. Currently, digital transformation can be applied to a variety of things. The concept is broad and ends up being used by people, companies, governments, and organizations. An important report from PWC (with companies from 26 countries) shows a total of US$907 bn in annual digital investments - yearly. But, let's get started from the beginning. What is digital transformation Digital Transformation can be defined as a phenomenon that incorporates the use of digital technology to traditional problem-solving. Thus, it encompasses procedural changes in different spheres of society: this transformation modifies the paradigm of the use of technology, for example, in the following areas: government, economy, labor market, education, medicine, arts, science, global communication, among others. In addition, digital transformation has the capacity to increase integration between different sectors of society, being applied to issues related to public administration problems, for instance. Digital evolution index (Harvard Busines Review) The matter is so important that Harvard Business Review has created its own "Digital Evolution Index". This index is presented in…

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Coronavirus in Manufacturing: 3 reliable guides to help you dealing with Covid-19 (and keep people healthy)
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Coronavirus in Manufacturing: 3 reliable guides to help you dealing with Covid-19 (and keep people healthy)

This is a quick post. We've been seen a lot of companies having problems dealing with the Coronavirus Outbreak. And we are here trying to make our part in this difficult time, providing reliable information.  After the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared pandemic status for Covid-19, many companies are already feeling the impact. And of course, the manufacturing industry has been affected by this crisis. Far beyond the economic impacts mentioned in the news, the most important thing is to take care of people's health, whether in the factory, the office or home. That's why we've selected 3 links from trustworthy sources to help you spread important information in your company on how to keep people healthy (or how to act in case someone tests positive for Coronavirus). We really hope that the guides can be relevant for you, your team, co-workers, and relatives. Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (by CDC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a major document on this matter, and will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. CDC has been working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across…

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