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ARC report challenges status quo in automation specifications
End users are beginning in earnest to throw out single vendor specs, citing need to align automation supplier capabilities with business strategies and foster innovations in packaging machine design. Packagers who’ve opened their control specs experience reduced delivery times, cost savings and performance guarantees.
Decision makers need to ‘step up to become change agents’ The report concludes that users need and suppliers are now providing more advanced machinery, domain expertise and purpose-built technologies with controls that are easier to connect, modify, and maintain – enabled by modular hardware and software design.And, ARC says it believes that this change will come more rapidly than many North American CPG manufacturers and machine builders anticipate. The report goes on to identify signs of change.• Pfizer automation director Paul Greene called for radical change and improvement in manufacturing practices at ARC’s annual manufacturing automation forum, insisting that automation suppliers drive standards and bring more value in the CPG as well as pharma• Goodman Packaging Equipment vp of sales and marketing Bruce Larson cited his company’s need to use a more open, modular control architecture that requires less programming and delivers increased functionalities• Hershey controls engineering manager Joe Wagner recently reported that by opening up their controls standard, they have realized reduced machine delivery times, cost savings and performance guarantees from their packaging machinery suppliers
ARC flat out states that CPG manufacturers that do not change their rigid single supplier specifications risk hindering development of innovative designs from the North American machine industry – at a time when packaging is becoming as strategically important as the product itself.
ARC recommends that decision makers in the CPG should step up to become the change agents to remove obstacles to the adoption of innovative packaging automation technology and innovative OEMs.