by Peter Kusnic
April 19, 2022
Technological innovation plays an important role in the global packaging machinery industry’s development. Often, newly developed packaging machinery will allow suppliers to achieve multiple goals, such as:
Most leading producers have invested heavily in R&D, particularly over the last decade, due to intensifying competition and the adoption of new regulations. The development of advanced sensors and new materials has also spurred innovation, as improved technologies can provide suppliers with a critical advantage in the marketplace.
The Freedonia Group projects global demand for packaging equipment to increase 5.8% per year through 2026 to $71.1 billion. Rising demand for state-of-the-art packaging technologies will be a key driver of growth. Below, we highlight three recent areas of focus in packaging machinery innovation.
Many new machinery products are designed to improve packaging efficiency and versatility. For example, Syntegon’s LFS inline filling and packaging machine – which debuted in August 2021 – is intended for dairy and other foods; it has a modular design, enabling firms to have greater flexibility in filling and packaging. Individual modules – which handle functions such as filling, sealing, and capping – can be added or retrofitted to meet specific requirements. The LFS can also be configured to handle two different packaging formats simultaneously.
Another new product from Syntegon is the Kliklok ACE advanced carton former, introduced in North America in October 2020. The machine was designed with a number of features to improve ergonomics and efficiency, including a carton hopper mounted at a waist height and the ability to form glue- and lock-style cartons on the same machine.
Other recent machinery introductions that enhance packaging efficiency and versatility include:
Suppliers of packaging machinery often use technological innovation to address problems that operators face. For example, many conventional bottle inspecting machines can erroneously reject bottles that are not defective, but simply marred by water droplets or bits of foam from the cleaning process. This results in unnecessary waste. To correct the problem, in November 2020, Krones launched the Linatronic AI bottle inspector, which employs deep learning software to detect and classify anomalies using numerous example images. The machine can then compare bottles to the images, resulting in fewer rejections of non-defective bottles.
Other operator-focused innovations include:
New generations of packaging machinery can help industrial enterprises reduce their environmental impact and advance sustainable manufacturing. For example:
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About the Author: Peter Kusnic is a Content Writer with The Freedonia Group, where he researches and writes studies focused on an array of industries.
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