Cross-study comparison of Automation in Packaging study

Packaging equipment manufacturers are a relatively small group doing highly specialized work. Almost every product has different requirements for packaging, and the equipment used to manufacture, fill, seal, convey and pack it. Many packaging projects are totally customized, and processes are becoming increasingly automated.

12/01/2008


Packaging equipment manufacturers are a relatively small group doing highly specialized work. Almost every product has different requirements for packaging, and the equipment used to manufacture, fill, seal, convey and pack it. Many packaging projects are totally customized, and processes are becoming increasingly automated.

Why are the packagers not using all the automation features offered on packaging machinery they have purchased?

OEMs

Integrators

Knowledge level of workforce

77%

78%

Automation features exceed client needs

57%

71%

Features too complicated to operate

39%

47%

Lack of compatibility with existing systems

38%

29%

Packagers understaffed

18%

12%

Not sure

14%

10%

Slows operations

11%

10%


Flexible packaging systems should be better leveraged to improve time to market

Study 1 Packagers

Study 2 OEMs

Study 3 Integrators

Completely agree

40%

38%

67%

Somewhat agree

47%

50%

29%

Somewhat disagree

10%

10%

4%

Completely disagree

3%

2%

0%


Main reasons to automate packaging processes

Study 1 Packagers

Study 2 OEMs

Study 3 Integrators

Multiple choices allowed na = data not available

Control labor costs

81%

77%

80%

Flexibility (handles various sizes/configurations)

45%

na

16%

Gain production efficiencies

74%

52%

55%

Gain competitive edge

49%

28%

29%

Reliability

47%

23%

18%

Machine flexibility (easily changed packaging types)

38%

27%

8%

Machines are outdated, need to be updated

34%

22%

33%

Price

34%

19%

8%

Reduce material waste

na

9%

6%

Energy management

na

6%

16%

Sustainability

34%

11%

6%

Footprint (size of machine)

18%

3%

2%


Which of the following automation and control product features are most important when deciding which components to include or deciding which vendors to use?

Study 1 Packagers

Study 2 OEMs

Study 3 Integrators

Multiple choices allowed na = data not available

Reliability (e.g. performance)

71%

54%

55%

Quality/durability (e.g. long lasting)

63%

33%

39%

Price

61%

42%

18%

Easy to use, install and maintain

57%

31%

31%

Price-to-performance value

52%

35%

45%

Compatibility with existing systems

48%

32%

27%

Long term cost of ownership

41%

14%

18%

Product specifications

35%

19%

24%

Products performed well during in-house testing

37%

16%

4%

Lot tracking/tracing capabilities

na

5%

2%

Enhances speed of line changeover

36%

6%

10%

Scalability

16%

3%

10%

Offers development tools

12%

5%

2%

Other

3%

3%

2%


For other results, also see:

Automation helps packagers: Webcast, research, 3-part article series

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