The more packagers know about their equipment, the better they can fine-tune it. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition software has already proven a benefit to some packagers. Part one of a two-part analysis.
A tight labor market puts a premium on retaining good employees. By building the skills of individuals and helping them realize personal goals, management will likely develop a workforce with a sense of purpose and desire to better the business.
Music distributor Valley Media cuts downtime by more than 50% on its newest labeling/sortation/collating line. A network of micro PLCs controls the line as well as gathers performance data to speed troubleshooting.