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Is the need for a smarter supply chain a constraint on packaging design?

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The designer must accommodate not only the often conflicting demands on the packaging being designed but also retain freshness and creativity to make it stand out uniquely enough to attract the attention of the consumer

Showcasing the Aprol process control systemB&R at Achema 15 to 19 June 2015B&R will show you how to turn big data into big improvements in your production processes at Achema – to be held from 15 to 19 June in Frankfurt. At Stand A63 Hall 11.1, B&R will present its Advanced Process Control System with several new features, as well as ready-to-use solutions for process data acquisition, energy monitoring and condition monitoring. B&R will be showcasing the latest features of its Aprol process control system at Achema which will be held from June 15 to 19 in FrankfurtB&R says that even small and mid-sized companies can quickly boost productivity and minimize maintenance costs with Aprol. Aprol products include solutions such as line monitoring and track-and-trace and a new Aprol function for control performance monitoring, provides plant operators 29 different parameters for a clear overview of individual machines and lines or entire plants.

The aim of being able to leverage the supply chain via packaging has led to the arrival of not just 3PL specialists but also 4PLs – that is, specialists who not only provide expert logistics support but help to optimize the packaging too

PackML’s machine data interface makes it easier to integrate machines within Aprol for monitoring and management tasks. The standard library contains control modules for machines and lines that provide convenient access to relevant details. In addition to its optimum overviews, Aprol’s comprehensive business intelligence suite collects, processes and analyzes all of the data generated by a networked factory. Interactive and adaptable dash-boards, graphs and reports provide flexible viewing options – including support for mobile devices – and conveniently place the power of intelligently harnessed big data at your fingertips.