Current Development Trends in Packaging Industry

23 Feb 2011

Source: www.pack.net.cn

In spite of the consistent development of the packaging industry, many problems remain in the machinery manufacturing sector. Some companies are struggling to adjust to the changes that come with progress.Technological innovation is weak; advances in process technology are slow; new products have not yet shaken off the tag of being mere imitations; competition within the industry is limited and economic growth, as well as improvements in efficiency, are being achieved by simply expanding the scale of manufacturing.

Because of a lack of strong market awareness, competition, customer service, urgency and responsibility for development, some companies have adopted the wrong management model. As a result, they are failing to recruit the people best positioned to maximize productivity and profit in the market.

This being the case, there is an urgent need to change the way packaging machinery manufacturers develop. By considering new solutions to problems, companies can modify development concepts, strengthen independent innovation and market awareness, and vigorously promote the development of the domestic packaging machinery industry. The industry itself should note trends in packaging machinery as it progresses. There are three key steps to achieving this. They are discussed below.

1. Focus on Simplicity and Automation

Generally, new packaging machines are multifunctional, easy to adjust and simple to operate. Recently, electromechanical integration has become a growing trend among packaging controllers. Statistics show that new packaging machines feature an increasing level of automation. These new types of equipment and technologies are proving widely popular.

 Manufacturers tend to buy packaging machines that are easy to install and operate. This is particularly true in the current economic climate in which the industry is facing a large number of layoffs and increasing demand for simple operating systems. Structural motion control influences the performance of packaging machines. Therefore, in the future, efficient customer service and machinery maintenance will be key to gaining a foothold in the packaging market.

2. Prioritize Productivity

Packaging machinery manufacturers increasingly focus on developing rapid output, low-cost packaging equipment. In the future, equipment will be smaller, more flexible, multi-functional and highly efficient. It will also save time and be cost-effective. As a result, the packaging industry needs mobile packaging equipment that combines multiple functions with simplicity. Automated operation programs will be widely used in the automation of packaging machinery.

3. Complete Range of Consumables and Ancillary Equipment

Too often, emphasis is solely on production of the main machines, with no regard for consumables and ancillary equipment. This imbalance often results in malfunctioning packaging machines. Therefore, developing consumables and ancillary equipment that maximize the productivity of the main machine is critical to improving the competitiveness and cost-efficiency of the equipment. Manufacturers should focus on the integrity of all the equipment when making automated production or assembly line machines. This should be the case regardless of whether or not the equipment is high in added value features.

By analyzing the pros and cons of manufacturing methods; fully understanding market requirements; overcoming the drawbacks of the packaging machinery industry; keeping pace with development trends and seizing opportunities for growth, the packaging industry can solve each of its most pressing problems and accelerate its development.

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