Many people are certainly sick of hearing it by this point, but that doesn’t change the fact that digitalisation is here to stay. Big data, augmented reality and remote machine maintenance have long since found their way into assembly shops and machine fleets.
Ever since the upheavals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the field of e-commerce has become indispensable for most business models. But how can packaging firms reorganise their operations in order to keep pace with these changes? What exactly does the much-vaunted smart factory look like? What advantages and risks do increasingly digital and automated operations pose? And where can employees be meaningfully supported by digital solutions?
Track-and-trace technologies like the Holy Grail 2.0 system, which enables automated, correct sorting of packaging via a digital watermark, also play a large role, as do innovations like the digital twin. This area’s potential is far from exhausted.