Packaging Automation Benchmark Study Vol. 2


Digital Edition
Research Reveals Packaging Machine Builders Outlook and Influences
With an economic value of nearly $133 billion annually in the U.S., packaging is big business, so Control Engineering and Packaging Digest set to investigate this dynamic market. The 2008 Packaging Automation Benchmark Study is a year-long, three-part research project that reveals the technology, market, and business issues affecting packagers, machine builders, and system integrators. In Volume 2, research results and analysis focus on the machine builders–who they are, what types of automation they typically provide on their products, how customers influence what automation features are standard or optional, and the impact packaging is expected to have on their business now and in the future.

Vol. 2 - Analysis> Machine builders influence, interpret packagers' needs
> Packagers speak out
> It's a small world for OEMs
> Shifting safety responsibilities

Volume 1 Results
Volume 3 Results

Research Results: Volume 2– Machine Builders: Click on Each Category Below to Download Results

Executive Summary

Packaging Digest and Control Engineering have conducted a comprehensive research study addressing the technology, market, and business issues affecting the state of packaging automation. This is the second wave of a three-part study. The first focused on the packagers themselves; Volume 2 focuses on the machine builders. This report is an executive summary of the study results, providing an overview of key findings related to machine builders’ demographics, types of automation incorporated into their machines and customer buying behaviors that influence their products.

Automation Profile

This detailed findings report provides graphical depictions of survey data covering machine builders’ automation profiles, including: types of automation equipment used, Ethernet application, and important aspects of automation now and over the next five years.

Buying Behaviors

This detailed findings report provides graphical depictions of survey data covering machine builders’ automation buying behaviors based on customer influence, including: brand specification, design collaboration, and system integration.


This detailed findings report provides graphical depictions of survey data covering machine builders’ demographics, including: size, location, and global footprint.


Included in this report are: a brief profile of the respondent audience; importance of automation when selecting machine builders; satisfaction with machine builders; and the role of automation in packaging processes over the next 1-3 years.

Research Sponsors


ELAU , the only automation provider specializing in packaging machinery. more info

Noren Products

Noren manufactures air-to-air and air-to-water HEAT EXHCHANGERS for cooling Sealed Electrical Enclosures in a variety of sizes and NEMA integrities. more info

Pro Face

Pro-face , Your HMI and Industrial PC Authority using leading technology to solve today's toughest factory machine interface problems. more info

ProSoft Technology

ProSoft Technology provides communication interfaces for Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric, and wireless applications solutions. more info


SEW-EURODRIVE is a world leader in drives and drive-based automation solutions. more info


Yaskawa , the worldwide leader in AC Drives, AC Servos, Machine Controllers and Robotics. more info

Standard profits: Make2Pack and ISA88 Blog

Help committee members increase dialog about, completion of, interest in, and use of Make2Pack ISA-88 Part 5. Join in with your comments or questions to help the standard along, on your way to gaining competitive advantage. more

Top Automation Articles > Pack Expo: Better software code for controls
> PC-based Controls Keep Production Popping
> Interdependence within ISA88; automation object and state diagram updates
> Flexible inspections
> Packaging line system integration, demonstrated
> Signal, power wiring technologies drive changes in best practices
> July 24, Aug 14 meetings: ISA88 efforts, what’s next, modular automation objects
> Machine safety pays off
> Programmable automation controllers: Large memory, high performance
> Reaping the rewards of an integrated enterprise

> Packaging Automation - System Integrator Guide



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