With the current level of technology, these items can now be completed on tablet computers, further reducing start up times after an event has occurred. This also reduces the need for centralized or fixed work stations and the dependency of the operator to be in one place.
Packaging machinery is now becoming inline with existing process standards such as ISA-88 by conforming to PackML. This allows standardization in packaging line automation. Compliance with this standard can reduce implementation time, assists in multi-plant integration and easier ongoing deployment.
SCADA and MES systems can also allow for middle and upper level managers to understand overall plant operation. By obtaining historical data over a shift / day / week / month, of key items such as OEE, Yield and Attainment, management can be empowered to make informed decisions which can quickly impact or justify changes to enable more effective or efficient operation.