Packaging 4.0 - Fiction vs. Reality

Packaging 4.0 - Fiction vs. Reality

Mike Andrews
Business and Technology of Processing and Converting

Industry4.0 is a common term that has been discussed intensively during the last years on conferences and exhibitions around the world. The 4th revolution of production rises hopes and expectations for manufacturer as well as for producers. However, discussions around this topic lack a way to differentiate between what is fiction and what is already reality as well as how future developments and innovations can be categorized along a framework. The authors of this paper provide a four stage framework for the flexible packaging industry called Packaging4.0. Along this framework the authors show in two case studies how the value chain for stretch and barrier film solutions can be transformed and benefits for consumers, producers and equipment manufacturer arise. Starting with the purpose of flexible packaging the authors provide you with a step by step approach to add value to the final packaging solution.