The challenge every machine builder faces is to manage a collaborative de- sign effort between electrical, mechanical, and software engineering teams. Increasingly more machinery is moving toward mechatronic solutions that are aided by the increasing computing power of machine controllers. While the cost of automation control platforms and hardware continues to de- cline, the hidden cost of software development is escalating rapidly, thereby negating many of these cost reductions. In effect, software devel- opment is rapidly garnering a greater percentage of the overall engineering effort.
Free report on modularity in packaging automation
The pressure has mounted on machine builders to incorporate greater flexibility in packaging line capabilities. Those machine builders seeking to satisfy these industry requirements while improving their own business performance will identify modern software development methods that match these objectives.