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How to Automate your UPC Labeling and Tracking Process

Keeping track of inventory is one of the top priorities of internal operations for any business. A common way stores and companies track inventory is with barcodes which can be scanned to identify the product and its price. With barcode labels, products can be tracked from production to the point of sale, or even to contact a customer if there is a major recall on the product. There are two major types of barcodes used in the world. 

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Robotics in the Food Packaging Industry

Since the dawn of automation, the food packaging industry has always been a top consumer of robotics for their production lines. The fast-paced food packaging industry works hard to keep up with the growing demands of consumers and recently has been trying to overcome the recent global events and concerns. The food packaging robotics market size is expected to grow by over $1.03 billion in 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased public interest in food safety with many consumers demanding transparency and pushing for more regulations and requirements for food packaging. This public outcry has incentivized companies to eliminate even more human contact from their food packaging production lines. To meet the growing food safety and output demands of consumers, the food packaging industry is once again turning towards more automation.

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Food Packaging Trends of 2022

The pandemic, resource and labor shortages, and more have noticeably altered the food packaging industry this past year. With some of the new trends being years in the making and others skyrocketing to the top with the recent circumstances, here are some of the top food packaging trends for 2022.

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5 Engineers that Helped Shape Industrial Automation

From the steam engine to cloud computing, industrial automation has seen rapid advancements since the first industrial revolution. We are, as they say, standing on the shoulders of giants, with almost all inventions built on the knowledge from the great engineers and intellectuals that came before us. For National Engineers Week we’d like to spotlight some amazing engineers that helped shaped the industrial automation industry.

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4 Ways Automation Reduces Production Costs

Humans are incredibly adaptable and innovative. The best example of these qualities is the Industrial Revolutions. From the steam power of the First Industrial Revolution to the creation of electric power in the Second revolution to the advancement of computers, telecommunications, and data analysis in the Third revolution. The most recent, Fourth Industrial Revolution also known as Industry 4.0 includes the development of things such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, collaborative robots, and the Internet of Things (IoT) which allow manufacturing companies to make data-driven decisions to produce products more efficiently. All of these industrial revolutions came at a time where demand was skyrocketing and production needed to adapt and become more productive to keep up with the changing times.

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