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Following a year of uncertainty due to the global pandemic, New Zealand’s food, processing and packaging trade exhibition, Foodtech Packtech, will once again open its doors in April, with SMC Corporation Australia/New Zealand as part of the exhibitor line-up.

SMC promises to impress those in attendance with its latest campaign called ‘Smart Steps to Flexible Manufacturing’ which it will demonstrate at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland from 13-15 April. 

According to Shyam Suresh, acting branch manager for SMC Auckland, this past year has taught all of us to embrace change and that’s where SMC comes in with this new campaign.

“Ensuring a flexible approach to our day-to-day business operations, particularly on the factory floor, has proven to be a huge competitive advantage for companies operating in the manufacturing sector,” Shyam continues. 

“Contrary to popular belief, taking incremental steps toward your digitisation journey can make the biggest difference and will greatly assist in futureproofing business operations.” 

Rather than upgrading entire systems, SMC wants to show that there are smart and affordable decisions that customers can make to upgrade their production, such as taking steps towards energy savings, newer technologies and/or improving remote access capabilities for improved efficiencies and reduced downtime.

Other ideas SMC says should be considered include wireless technology, smarter vacuum systems, improved air filtration, Industry 4.0 solutions, robotics end effectors, as well as safety communication technology and components.

“The main drive to launch this campaign is the need for reshoring. Customers want to produce locally made products to compete on a global stage and to ensure shorter supply chains,” says Shyam.

“SMC is assisting customers around the country with their requirements and offers special engineering and design, virtual and hands-on support, high stock levels, shorter delivery times, and latest technology to support local manufacturers.”

SMC will also showcase its comprehensive vacuum range, and in terms of lightweight engineering, will demonstrate how design and materials can be used to help minimise the weight of the end solution, without affecting its performance, which is especially powerful for robotic applications.

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