A redesign methodology for analyzing and improving the performance capability of packaging machinery

B. J. Hicks*, C. Bowler, A. J. Medland, G. Mullineux

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The production of processing and packaging equipment are international activities that continue to grow at a rapid rate. New technologies coupled with improved processes and materials continually advance production capabilities. As a consequence, customers demand that packaging machinery manufacturers produce machines that can deliver these potential performance improvements. For years, packaging development has relied greatly on trial-and-error methods. The packaging machines themselves retain the bulk of their fundamental principles and many machines have now reached the limit of their feasible development. In order to meet the escalating demands of the customer a major programme of design improvements must be undertaken. This paper presents a redesign methodology that determines whether an existing design can be improved or whether the natural design limit has been reached. Furthermore, the methodology provides for the generation and development of design changes as well as the ability to assess their potential performance benefits. The different stages of the methodology are discussed and the three levels of response for redesign are described. Following which the methodology is validated through its application to various industrial cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-398
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Engineering : Theory Applications and Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002


  • Design methodology
  • Packaging machinery
  • Performance capabilities
  • Redesign response


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