The Smart Product Manager's Guide to Connectivity in the Packaging Industry

Paperback – August 2019

by John S. Rinaldi

A practical guide to implement connectivity protocols in your products.


  • Print length: 69 pages
  • Language: ‎English
  • Publication date: August 15, 2019
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.16 x 8 inches
  • Item weight: 2.72 ounces

Connectivity in Your Packaging Product
Are you a product manager in the packaging industry struggling to understand your manufacturing customers – what connectivity solutions they need, where digital manufacturing is headed and how best you can prepare your products for what lies ahead? If so this book is for you.

The Smart Product Manager’s Guide to Connectivity in the Packaging Industry

    Inside you’ll find:

  • A list of trends that are driving your manufacturing customers (think IT/OT conversion and Industry 4.0)
  • A short, non-technical explanation of the most important connectivity standards that many of your customers are adopting.
  • A glossary of terms that are specific to manufacturing connectivity that you should know.
  • A special section that focuses on supporting those legacy systems that use old, ASCII Command/Response communications.
  • And, most importantly, an action plan you can use to best position your company for future success in manufacturing.

What our Customers are Saying

"Industrial automation domain experts – the guys who build a lot of valves, pumps, drives, etc,, and need a way to talk to their devices – will find their Modbus champion in John Rinaldi. The author has almost as much shop floor experience as Modbus itself, the 40 years it’s been (and remains) the sole open source electronic networking protocol for connecting automation systems. John brings his trademark passion for, and quirky treatment of, all things industrial automation, to Modbus in the 21st Century. Internet of Things? OPC UA? All good – but automation engineers for whom small, simple, cheap, fast solutions will suffice will walk away from this book joining John in declaring ‘Hail Modbus! Modbus forever!"

Heather A. / Writer, Editor & Content Strategist

"The very first industrial networks that we included in our Thin Client PLC were Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP. You can’t build a high performance, flexible, factory integration device without supporting Modbus technology. If you’re not familiar with Modbus or want to make sure you understand its history, how it works and where it’s going in the future, you need to read this interesting book. I highly recommend it."

Feisal H. / President and CTO, ARCX, Inc.