Automate Your Way To Lean Manufacturing

Automate Your Way To Lean Manufacturing Make your manufacturing processes more competitive through automation. Modern control and automation systems combine management and production levels, helping companies automate their way to success. Experts have estimated that less than 5% of the steps and time taken in producing a product actually create customer value. “Lean” thinking is […]

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing Extending your continuous improvement programs for operational excellence to the packaging hall Enable faster flow of value to the customer Experts have estimated that less than 5% of the steps and time taken in producing a product actually create customer value. “Lean” thinking is a proven system for product development, mass production and […]

SMEs benefit from lean manufacturing
Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Product Identification Technologies

How can SMEs benefit from lean manufacturing

Lean manufacturing isn’t just for the big guys. Today’s small and medium businesses can get an advantage over their competitors by looking to lean manufacturing practices. Here’s how. When we talk about lean principles, it doesn’t take long for big names such as Toyota and Boeing to crop up. But in reality, lean isn’t a […]

Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Thinking lean manufacturing? What about ‘quality’?

If you’re on the path to leaner quality, then quality control is not just a non-value-adding ‘evil’. We’ve talked a bit about quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) on the path to being “lean”. (See Quality,  parts One and Two, and also check out how SME’s can benefit from lean manufacturing.) QC (traditional approach) […]

global supply chain
Global Manufacturing

5 keys to unlock the value of global supply chains for Aussie manufacturers

Specialisation makes a market small. Globalisation makes it big. Imagine the possibilities if you combine the two. That’s what’s on offer for manufacturers who find a niche in the global supply chain. We live in a global marketplace – as the arrival of Amazon has confirmed. And it’s quickly becoming apparent that the Australian market […]

the Amazon effect
Global Manufacturing

The Amazon effect: what does it mean for Australian manufacturers?

Amazon – friend or foe? That’s the question facing Australian manufacturers. Here, we weigh up the opportunities and challenges presented by the online retail giant’s arrival, and how manufacturers can stay ahead of the game.    In case you missed it, here’s the story so far. In 2017, online retail goliath Amazon announced it would […]

improve product quality
Product Identification Technologies

3 technologies to help SME manufacturers improve product quality

Quality is the biggest differentiator for small and medium-sized manufacturers. Get it right, and it could be what takes your business to the next level. Let your product quality slip, and you could lose your customers and your reputation. If you’re looking for ways to improve product quality, then automation could be the key. Automation […]

rising energy costs
Innovation and Best Practices

The real issue of rising energy costs and what manufacturers can do

Rising energy costs are a massive problem for Australian food & beverage manufacturers. Are they fighting a losing battle? Or will emerging technologies give new hope in 2018? Food & beverage manufacturers are big users of electricity. According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the food-manufacturing industry pays a staggering $706 […]

manufacturing information sources
Innovation and Best Practices

10 great information sources for Australian manufacturers

The best manufacturers are always hungry to learn more. Why? Because they can’t afford to stop. Here are the 10 best blogs and publications to put on your reading list.  Australian manufacturers need an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, ideas and inspiration. Without that, it’s hard to keep pace in a world that changes so rapidly. […]