Automation in Packaging

Research, trends, and applications associated with the use of automation in packaging, developed by Control Engineering and Packaging Digest


Digital Edition
Research Reveals Changing Role of Packagers
With an economic value of nearly $133 billion annually in the U.S., packaging is big business, so Control Engineering and Packaging Digest set to investigate this dynamic market. The 2008 Packaging Automation Benchmark Study is a year-long, three-part research project that reveals the technology, market and business issues affecting packagers, machine builders, and system integrators. In Volume 1, research results and analysis focus on the packagers– who they are, how they do and do not automate, and what obstacles and opportunities they face.

Vol. 1 - Analysis

> Bring on the jet cars
> Communication & clarity
> Change is constant
> A Focus on Packagers
> Market Challenges
> Opportunities For Improvement
> Future Prospects

Volume 2 Results
Volume 3 Results

Research Results: Volume 1– Packagers: Click on Each Category Below to Download Results

Executive Summary

A summary of key findings from Volume 1– Packagers, including who they are and what they do (both as individuals and companies), levels of adoption of automation, their challenges / barriers to success, and opportunities for improvement. For a commentary on the study overall, see “ Communication & clarity ” and “ Bring on the jet cars .”


Volume 1 survey results covering number and type of packaging lines, extent of changeovers, and extent and type of automation used, including industrial networks.


Volume 1 survey results covering Packager demographics, including geography, years in business, and annual expenditures in automation.


Volume 1 survey results covering obstacles to packaging line optimization, including internal hindrances to automation, use of preferred vendor lists, and vendor practices. For an analysis of the data, see “ Market Challenges .”

Trends and Opportunities

Volume 1 survey results covering how automation products and suppliers are expected to change, and the most desired automation product features and attributes. For an analysis of the data, see “ Opportunities for Improvement ” and “ Future Prospects .”

Research Sponsors


ELAU , the only automation provider specializing in packaging machinery. more info

Noren Products

Noren manufactures air-to-air and air-to-water HEAT EXHCHANGERS for cooling Sealed Electrical Enclosures in a variety of sizes and NEMA integrities. more info

Pro Face

Pro-face , Your HMI and Industrial PC Authority using leading technology to solve today's toughest factory machine interface problems. more info

ProSoft Technology

ProSoft Technology provides communication interfaces for Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric, and wireless applications solutions. more info


SEW-EURODRIVE is a world leader in drives and drive-based automation solutions. more info


Yaskawa , the worldwide leader in AC Drives, AC Servos, Machine Controllers and Robotics. more info

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