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Embracing new technology is not easy. Is the wood packaging industry ready? The following comments from our industry thought leaders share on several areas of old and new technology, along with a little nostalgia. We reached out to all of our members and here is what they had to say in answer to the following questions: Q1: What ‘old’ technologies/equipment do you still use? Fax machine, dot matrix printer, walkie talkie, pagers, paper rolodex, etc? Q2: What modern day technology/equipment do you use (laptop computer, smartphone, paperless fax machine, electronic billing/invoicing, business software? Q3: Which new tools are your favorite toys that you or your business couldn’t survive without in today’s business environment? Q4: Which available new technologies, such as driverless vehicles, drones, robotics, 3-D printing, RFIDs or other, do you anticipate using for your business in the short term (1-3 years) or long term (3-10 years)?


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Q&A: Ralph Rupert, Manager, Unit Load Tech., Millwood, Inc.

Posted By Ralph Rupert, Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A1: Fax machines are still frequently used at our manufacturing locations. In fact, many of our suppliers and customers prefer to fax orders and invoices rather than call or email them in. We also use walkie-talkies as a convenient way to communicate between team members on the manufacturing floor.

A2: At Millwood, we could not live without computer-based software, such as EDI (electronic data interchange), the Pallet Design System™ and other database systems along with smartphones and tablets.

A3: Microsoft Suite (specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint) are absolutes. As our customer base increases so does our use of these technologies. Our marketing team also enjoys using applications in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

A4: In the short term, we expect to see more bar-code labeling in more of our manufacturing facilities to help track how many pallets our team members are repairing each shift. We expect to continue seeing advancements in automation. In our industry specifically, our manufacturing facilities will continue to invest in automatic nailers and ergonomic equipment.

Email Ralph Rupert, Millwood, Inc.

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