* Keep track-and-trace requirements in mind as new lines of machinery are developed. Packaged goods manufacturers of all stripes will be seeking track-and -trace solutions for some time to come.
* Allow for expandability. A firmly fixed design may not be enough. What if a machine vision system needs to be added subsequent to installation? What if wireless connectivity becomes a requirement? Has the machinery builder allocated space for such additions?
* Think beyond the FRS (Functional Requirement Spec). Ask machinery buyers how they see their process changing in the future. Design machines that can accommodate those changes.
* Try to take the long view. It should lead to greater penetration of a manufacturer’s operations, which means more sales.