From the optimization of systems and processes to market research, the service sector in the packaging market is as diverse as it is exciting.
The market for services in the packaging industry is perhaps even more diverse than that of suppliers of hardware and packaging materials. It combines services ranging from consulting, research and development to packaging development, as well as all outsourcing work such as contract packaging, pallet and container management, machine maintenance and facility management.
Analysis and consulting play an important role when it comes to the design or optimisation of systems in which different work processes intermesh. There are providers of dynamic material flow simulation that can be used to determine key performance indicators and optimize interlinked plants. They allow quasi-dry exercises of processes and thus enable the adjustment of machine performance and the determination of buffer sizes.
Research and development activities include the production of new packaging materials and the optimization of existing ones. In many of the projects initiated here, packaging materials on renewable raw materials, for example, are modified with regard to desired but previously non-existent properties in order to achieve characteristics of petroleum-based plastics with regard to protection or permeability.
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Other service providers specialise in testing primary, secondary and transport packaging. This includes simulating transport and storage conditions, checking behaviour under extreme weather conditions, investigating the undesirable release of chemical substances and determining the degree of recyclability.
Another segment is market research. How does a changed packaging design reach consumers? Does this innovative packaging design have the advantage over the familiar? These are the questions here. In market research today, data is not only collected in field trials, but the effect of new designs on store shelves is also increasingly being investigated with virtual reality installations. Such observation of consumer behaviour can also accelerate the development of new packaging. With such virtual simulations, the effect and use of alternatives can be tested much more quickly. Product development, which today takes an average of 18 months, can thus be significantly accelerated.