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 workforce77%78%
Automation features exceed client needs57%71%
Features too complicated to operate39%47%
Lack of compatibility with existing systems38%29%
Packagers understaffed18%12%
Not sure14%10%
Slows operations11%10%


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

Study 1 Packagers Study 2 OEMs Study 3 Integrators
Completely agree40%38%67%
Somewhat agree47%50%29%
Somewhat disagree10%10%4%
Completely disagree3%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 costs81%77%80%
Flexibility (handles various sizes/configurations)45%na16%
Gain production efficiencies74%52%55%
Gain competitive edge49%28%29%
Reliability47%23%18%
Machine flexibility (easily changed packaging types)38%27%8%
Machines are outdated, need to be updated34%22%33%
Price34%19%8%
Reduce material wastena9%6%
Energy managementna6%16%
Sustainability34%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%
Price61%42%18%
Easy to use, install and maintain57%31%31%
Price-to-performance value52%35%45%
Compatibility with existing systems48%32%27%
Long term cost of ownership41%14%18%
Product specifications35%19%24%
Products performed well during in-house testing37%16%4%
Lot tracking/tracing capabilitiesna5%2%
Enhances speed of line changeover36%6%10%
Scalability16%3%10%
Offers development tools12%5%2%
Other3%3%2%


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