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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: Steve Yelland, President, JFR Holdings, Inc.

Posted By Steve Yelland, Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A1: The fax machine, but only because we're forced to, for receiving orders from some of our customers. I don’t like faxing documents because it always seems to fail.

A2: I typically read two to three newspapers a day. For the last three years I've always read the e-newspaper version on my iPad. While I could live without it for a day, I'd be really cranky until I got a new one.

A3: We constantly use "Fuze" which is a virtual meeting platform for our weekly status calls. In my opinion, it's much more efficient than conference calls. The camera option is great!

A4: Everything is moving at such a fast pace; I'd have to say robotics in the near future. They can do the work much more efficiently than a human.

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Q&A: Dean Roderick, Managing Director, RodPak

Posted By Dean Roderick, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A1: The fax machine is a staff favorite, mainly because its key purpose is to receive the list of daily food specials from our local take-out store. Personally I love our electronic printing whiteboard (Panasonic) from the 1990’s. Unfortunately, both are about to become redundant as thermal printing paper is difficult to source.

A2: In a quick survey of our staff, the smartphone is the clear favorite.

A3: We have become very dependent upon a range of apps: banking and finance apps to track spending; weather apps for the operations staff to assist planning; airline and flight radar apps to assist in making travel more efficient for management and sales personnel.

A4: In the short term, there is no doubt that robotics and automation will be further developed in our operations. Improved use of portable electronic devices for operational and logistics purposes is imminent.

With a longer view, continuous implementation of automation to eliminate manual handling and to enhance quality control. It is probable that some form of driverless vehicle/s will be used to reduce the costs associated with stock movements. The Pallet Design System™ (PDS) will be at the heart of business operations in ten years’ time, having been developed into a fully integrated unit load design system. Technical sales personnel will work with clients to reduce total unit packaging costs through smart design. Finance staff will have seamless integration with accounts systems to improve cost control. Manufacturing will only produce to customer approved designs, typically uploaded directly from PDS to the pallet machines.

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