We all hear about the industrial internet of things, Industry 4.0, big data, cloud computing, edge technology and other buzz words. Sometimes, it gets overwhelming for the contract packagers and converters, as well as the machinery and equipment builders. While these terms have very different meanings, they all point in the direction of a growing trend that will reshape our industry, in the coming decades. Actually, that redirection is upon us now, and the best word to summarize it all is digitalization.
From the first design of a new bag, box or pouch, to the initial concepts of a machine design or line adaptation, those of us in the industry must take a new perspective on the entire process, one that focuses on utilizing all the latest technologies.