When your business is tied so closely to industry stalwarts such as food and beverage and pharmaceuticals–as is the packaging industry–tough economic times are experienced in milder forms than that encountered by many other industries. Despite this fact, complacency can turn a business sour faster than a corporate scandal. That's why it is of utmost importance to the packaging industry and the engineers and system integrators who support it to be as knowledgeable as possible about the controls and automation technologies they need and use most.
As a packaging machinery OEM, your company's reputation rests on the quality of your products that, in turn, depend on drives, actuators, and sensors (among other automation technologies) to provide the capabilities you promise with your machines. And as an end user or system integrator, your knowledge of packaging machinery automation is critical both in the selection of the right equipment to do the job and in the proper maintenance and repair of machines that are the lifeblood of the packaging operation.
Competition in the packaging industry is as tight as it's ever been, and that means any advantage for your company must be carefully exploited. That's what we hope to achieve for you with this supplement (also appearing in August and November 2004) brought to you by Packaging Digest and Control Engineering–a winning combination of industry insight and technological tactics that gives you the edge to make a profitable difference.
For too many companies, the automation that enables packaging machinery is little more than an afterthought. The time is ripe for OEMs and packaging engineers to use new automation technologies to their advantage. The proper combination of technology, equipment, and application can make all the difference.