Use a uniform technology architecture to improve packaging operations. Having a uniform technology structure within automated packaging machines provides several benefits for companies to optimize the efficiency of the machines. Automation is continuing to expand; in a study done by PMMI in 2017, over 50% of users interviewed use automation on their plant floor. These numbers are expected to grow soon with expanded capital budgets. Automation is proven to reduce costs, provide consistent quality, meet the demands of flexible manufacturing and help overcome labor issues. Using uniform technology across automated machines on the plant floor is the best way to achieve maximum efficiency.
Familiarity and ease of use is a reason to use a uniform technology structure. The workforce can learn the ins and outs of one system rather than having to conform to each individual system. This makes training easier and more efficient. The ability to troubleshoot the machines can become easier with employees that are experts in a uniform system.
Analytics and metrics are driving forces for using a uniform technology system. Machines on the same system gather data that transform how manufacturers view their operations and production processes. Operators and technicians can use this data to make decisions how best to optimize processes and help productivity. Analytics and metrics from the technology system can help users optimize energy usage, resolve safety, compliance and quality issues.
Uniform structures can be machine learning. This a tool that can be used to alert operators of abnormal situations such as equipment issues. The use of the data taken can alert users of product quality and identify issue causes.
A uniform technology structure with advanced analytics software can perform multiple functions, even from different locations, including:
- Improve efficiencies
- Security risks
- Minimize waste
- Better business decisions
- Regulatory compliance
When choosing a uniform technology system, it is important to choose one with national coverage. This helps ensure there is greater speed of service for whatever issues may arise. Some system providers can offer parts of machines with more ease than the original manufacturer. For labor, it is easier to hire and train new employees that may have had experience using the same system.
Using a uniform technology structure will enable greater efficiency through ease of use, analytics, familiarity and convenience. Investing in state-of-the-art automated solutions with Harpak-ULMA in conjunction with using the optimal uniform technology structure will create a smarter, more efficient production process.
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