According to the PMMI fifth biennial Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator Study, packaging machinery factors inhibiting productivity, include:
Slow changeover time;
Downtime due to maintenance;
Limited flexibility; and
Limited line speed.
According to the same study, packagers did the following to improve productivity:
Redesigned layout of packaging lines;
Analyzed/addressed system bottlenecks;
Intensified productivity measurement;
Redesigned operation schedule;
Instituted productivity measurement system; and
Switched to PC systems control.
Packaging machinery suppliers should remember that petfood manufacturers will value certified training, technical service, spare parts and maintenance resources.