I’ve been working with packaging machinery for longer than I want to confess. One issue that has always bothered me is that machinery terms vary from builder to builder, industry to industry and person to person. When people use the same word to describe two different machines, misunderstandings can lead to costly mistakes. It is critical is that any definition or terminology be used consistently and understood the same way by all concerned.
To that end, I propose the following taxonomy for use in describing packaging machinery.
Function > Type > Level of automation > Package movement > Package orientation > Machine direction > Speed