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Global OEM Forum: User-Centric Design Improves Operator Efficiency

Pearson Packaging Systems Helps End Users Leverage Automation without the Steep Learning Curve

By Mike Bacidore

AF14 Banner/automationfair/index.html The Connected Enterprise today is pretty much where the smartphone was 10 years ago, according to Dan Aubertin, senior product manager, Pearson Packaging Systems. "What did it take to get to this point where we take them for granted?" he asked attendees of the Global Machine & Equipment Builders Forum this week at Automation Fair. "The infrastructure, the networks, had to be there. The standards that we're operating under today were designed and written in the 1990s. We're at the same place today in this industry that smart consumer devices were then. Machine devices are getting smarter. We're at that inflection point. It took 15 years for that consumer acceptance in cell phones to come together."

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