Could automation and robotics actually create jobs
Automation & Process Control

Will manufacturing automation and robotics lead to job growth?

Automation and robotics are coming to a workspace near you. Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, robotics, and many other aspects of Industry 4.0, are gradually making inroads into our working lives. At least, that’s what leading commentators and researchers would have us believe. Are they right? And more importantly, should we be excited or concerned? (Here’s […]

identification and inspection
Machine Vision & Quality, Product Identification Technologies

Identification and inspection: why integrate?

Used separately, identification and inspection are powerful technologies with the ability to improve efficiencies and product quality. So, just imagine what they can achieve when they work together. Identification and inspection systems are becoming two very powerful components at the end of the line. Labelling, marking and coding systems provide compliance to the exacting retailer […]

millennials in the workforce
Global Manufacturing

Why Australian manufacturers need millennials in the workforce

Narcissistic, attention seeking, distracted, disloyal, Snapchatters…the list goes on. Given that they make up half the workforce and just over one in four are already in management positions, it’s worrying that such negative stereotypes haunt the millennial generation. But the reality is that manufacturers who embrace millennials in the workforce stand to gain.   Back […]

food waste
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

How the world is tackling food waste

Fact: Food waste is a huge global issue. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, 28% of the world’s agriculture area is used to produce food that ultimately goes to waste each year. In fact, The Guardian reports that nearly 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year — which is more […]

information-driven manufacturing iDM
Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

What is information-driven manufacturing? Here’s a good overview of iDM

Is information-driven manufacturing (iDM) the stepping-stone to Industry 4.0? Collecting, visualising and analysing machine, process and sensor data promises to open a whole new world of opportunities for manufacturers. Here, we look at exactly what iDM is and how it could help manufacturers realise the potential of Industry 4.0. (Here’s some good background information on […]

automate barcoding
Automation & Process Control, Product Identification Technologies

How can you automate barcoding?

The challenge when you automate barcoding processes is often not in knowing whether or not you need to automate, but in choosing which technology solutions will bring the best results. Australian manufacturers’ appetite for automation is growing. You only need to look at the key trends to come out of AUSPACK 2017 to see that. […]

labelling technologies
Product Identification Technologies

Your one-stop guide to labelling technologies

How do different labelling technologies stack up? Which should you choose for your products and packaging line? To help you navigate through the options, read our one-stop guide to labelling technologies. Labelling technologies have come leaps and bounds in the past few years, especially as automation has ramped up. While the end goal of labelling […]

ready for automation
Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

SMEs, are you ready for automation?

If your New Year’s resolution was to create a more efficient, lean organisation, then it could be time to automate. Automation is no longer the sole realm of larger companies. With technology more affordable than ever, an increasing number of small and medium enterprises are tapping into the advantages of automating manufacturing processes — and there […]

product packaging
Innovation and Best Practices

4 essential factors to consider when packaging your product

Packaging your product? Make sure you consider these factors first.  Product packaging is big business. The value of packaging produced in Australia is $10-$10.5 billion, with the food and beverage sector using 65-70% of all Australian-produced packaging. Packaging is itself a product; it introduces your product, protects it, displays it, preserves it, and more. And […]