With the transformation of the world from the industrial economy era to the knowledge economy era, the production mode with resources and labor as the main body can no longer meet the development and market needs of the existing production enterprises. Therefore, enterprises need to adopt advanced automated production equipment with high scientific and technological level to meet the sustainable development and market needs of enterprises. Therefore, the urgent demand of production enterprises for automatic packaging machinery is highlighted, but at the same time, the relatively backward development of domestic packaging machinery industry aggravates the contradiction between supply and demand, which eventually leads to a vicious circle. Although China’s packaging machinery industry is not waiting to die, only by replacing the traditional mode of blindly introducing and imitating with scientific and technological innovation, close to users and independent research and development as soon as possible, can China’s packaging industry and market develop healthily and catch up with the world’s advanced level as soon as possible.
International advanced packaging equipment suppliers have entered into China’s various production industries, and are still expanding. Their products have conquered many enterprises with reliable stability, humanized design, high technology content and other characteristics. A brief account is given of the large number of imported automated packaging production lines introduced by the dairy industry leaders Mengniu and Yili, beverage giants Huiyuan and Wahaha, or Daihua as the representative of Shanghai Jiahua. As a result, domestic packaging machinery can only retreat to the second line or become subsidiary supporting equipment. In view of the present situation, we should ask: Where is the gap between the level of China’s packaging machinery and the world’s advanced level, and how to catch up with it?
From the point of view of current technology level, because China’s packaging machines industry started relatively late, there is no better processing technology and supporting industry support, so it has been following the way of imitating foreign advanced equipment, lack of independent innovation, many domestic enterprises still use foreign relatively backward technology to produce equipment. Taking the hose filling machine of daily chemical or pharmaceutical products as an example, many domestic packaging machinery manufacturers imitate the medium and low speed equipment of KALIX in Sweden. The structure frame, filling method and configuration of the hose filling machine are almost the same as those of KALIX. Under the same operating conditions, although it can meet the normal production needs, there is still a significant gap in the accuracy, quality and stability of the equipment with foreign equipment.
At the same time, due to the lack of enough attention and investment in R&D and innovation, domestic enterprise Save s are still unable to produce high-speed equipment with higher automation and catch up with the innovation progress of foreign manufacturers. Of course, China’s packaging machinery industry also has many advantages: first, the design ideas are flexible and not as solidified as foreign countries, can be designed according to the special needs of different users; secondly, the space distance with domestic customers is relatively close, we can use a variety of channels to understand the actual production equipment problems, solve them in time, and apply this experience to new equipment. Third, the manufacturing and commissioning cycle of equipment is shorter than that of foreign countries, and it has the characteristics of low cost and sufficient maintenance resources. According to the above advantages, China’s packaging machinery industry should develop its strengths and avoid its weaknesses. On the basis of not abandoning the introduction and absorption, full attention should be paid to investment in equipment research and development and innovation, so as to impress domestic and international customers with more perfect product series, more intimate design, more adequate matching and more elaborate manufacturing.
From the point of view of equipment manufacturing, the processing and manufacturing accuracy of packaging machinery in China is not high, and the appearance design is not beautiful enough. This is manifested in two aspects: on the one hand, the processing accuracy of the equipment is not enough, on the other hand, the processing technology and level are uneven. For example, for the tablet press, the compactness and consistency of each punch on the entire operating plate will directly affect the weight and quality of tablets, so the processing accuracy of the die and the overall coordination of the equipment put forward high manufacturing requirements. At present, Germany’s Fette and Bosch tablet pressing equipment in the production and coordination have reflected its meticulous and refined manufacturing level, only such equipment can provide guarantee for product quality. In addition, the aesthetics of appearance design is also very important. We can see from the pharmacy exhibition in China that although the performance of some domestic equipment of the same type is better than that of foreign advanced equipment, the lack of appearance design directly affects the final choice of customers.