Design’s Critical Last Step—Improving Package Function on Machinery

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Did you know the cost of downtime in a typical product manufacturer’s plant is about $10,000 per hour? If your package development team’s new designs are cast in concrete without input from operations, chances are you’re contributing to that figure. The machinability of packaging is a crucial aspect of package development that packaging engineers MUST consider. If you don’t, you risk the possibility of a package design that doesn’t perform well in operations. That could lead to a number of very costly scenarios, including: the need to modify or purchase new machines to run your package, unintended packaging line downtown for changeovers, packages that orient poorly on production lines and even the need for a new package design. This presentation will help you understand how and why, and what to do about it.

What you will learn:

  • Where and how package engineers should assume a leadership role in the design-operations process
  • The cost of package development errors in operations
  • Ideas for holistic cost management
  • What works and what doesn’t—first-hand experiences from the speaker


John Henry, CPP

John Henry is an IoPP Certified Packaging Professional and President of Changeover.com, providing training and consulting services aimed at reducing line changeover downtime for companies in the packaging, assembly and manufacturing industries. Henry has decades of experience working with the interface of packaging materials and packaging machinery. He developed and teaches IoPP’s Packaging Machinery: Basics seminar and has been an Instructor of Packaging Technology at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and an instructor in the MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University. Henry is the author of the “Packaging Machinery Handbook,” “Machinery Matters” and other books, and a co-author of “Secrets of Buying Packaging Machinery.”


Tuesday, December 4, 2018
10 – 11 a.m. Central


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