how to calculate OEE
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

How to calculate OEE

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a powerful metric. Considered the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity, the OEE key performance indicator (KPI) brings together data on availability, performance and quality to tell you the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive. How to calculate OEE OEE is measured as the product of three factors […]

does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

Does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability?

Is it possible to trace an individual turkey from farm to table? Last year, US agricultural conglomerate Cargill Inc. did exactly that using blockchain technology. So how does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability? In a campaign perfectly timed for Thanksgiving, the company allowed shoppers to type in the code from their store-bought […]

National Food Waste Strategy
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

National Food Waste Strategy: what it means for food labelling

Food waste reduction is now a national priority for the Australian Government. Does this mean change is imminent for food labelling? Food waste is estimated to cost the Australian economy $20 billion each year, with Australian consumers throwing away around 3.1 million tonnes of edible food a year. Research indicates Australians bin the equivalent of […]

right manufacturing workforce skills
Global Manufacturing

Does your business have the right manufacturing workforce skills for the future?

Automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, data, augmented reality, 3D printing … today’s manufacturing world looks a lot different to five or 10 years ago. But it’s not only the factory floor that’s changing; the shift towards Industry 4.0 demands a new set of skills in the workforce too. (You can find out the basics on Industry […]

manufacturing stories that shaped 2017
Product Identification Technologies

Year in review: manufacturing stories that shaped 2017

Augmented reality on the rise. Goodbye 457 visas. Sophie the robot granted citizenship. Look at the headlines from the past 12 months and one thing’s for sure: it’s been a year filled with surprises. (And we thought 2016 was shocking!) Just before we rewind and look at some of the year’s biggest stories for manufacturers, here’s how […]

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 […]