Consumer products and pharmaceutical companies used to possess a wealth of in-house mechanical, electrical, and fabrication talent. These teams designed new lines, managed the integration process, and brought the system online. Rising costs and ongoing price pressures in the late 1990s forced companies to cut experienced personnel and outsource new lines to system integrators. System integrators delivered lines on time, within budget, and met the customer’s specifications.
As 21st century global competition increases and operating costs continue to rise, meeting specifications is no longer good enough. Consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies require maximum throughput and minimum downtime — lifecycle benefits — to stay competitive. That is why many companies are turning to machinery suppliers when they outsource a packaging line.