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 […]

top trends in coding and labelling of 2016
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

What we saw in the coding and labelling world in 2016

Between Trump’s shock election in the USA, Brexit, and Australia’s fifth straight Test defeat, 2016 has been a year to remember. But while all this was happening, what was going on in the coding and labelling world? Changes and advancements in the coding and labelling field are accelerating, and it can be hard to keep […]

OEE implementation
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Are you making these common mistakes with OEE?

Are you getting the full benefit of your OEE implementation? Here’s how to avoid the most common mistakes with Overall Equipment Effectiveness.   With companies facing increasing pressure from overseas to squeeze as much productivity as they can from their assets, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of Australian manufacturers and processors are looking […]

new packaging technologies
Innovation and Best Practices

New packaging technologies that could change the world

The future of packaging is here – well, almost. Here’s our pick of new packaging technologies with the power to change the world. The times they are a-changin’. The rapid digitalisation of practically everything means that new packaging technologies are reaching exciting heights. We’re not just talking about good packaging design (though that is important […]

get ahead by being different
Global Manufacturing, Product Identification Technologies

How Australian businesses can get ahead by being different

There were many speakers at the recent Breaking Boundaries LIVE event that inspired the audience, but one person stood out: Daniel Flynn, cofounder of social enterprise Thankyou. Flynn is the pin-up boy for Australian food & drink businesses — and businesses in any other industry for that matter. With Flynn at the helm, Thankyou has grown […]

Industry 5.0
Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Will we ever see 100% automated manufacturing facilities?

The news that Foxconn, the world’s biggest contract electronics maker, is developing industrial robots to target 30% automation in its Chinese factories by 2020, has shaken the manufacturing industry. As machines and robotics become more sophisticated and specialised than ever, we can’t help but ask: will manufacturing soon be taken over entirely by robots? But […]

next-generation robots are transforming manufacturing
Innovation and Best Practices

How next-generation robots are transforming manufacturing

Next-generation robots are transforming manufacturing as we know it. Here’s how. Ever since General Motors deployed the Unimate robot in its factories in 1961, robots in manufacturing have tended to be large, unyielding machines, typically limited to one task. Unimate had its advantages — it was versatile (for its time) and could do tasks that […]

SRP
Product Identification Technologies

Why aren’t more manufacturers using SRP — or shelf-ready packaging?

Retailers want it. Consumers need it. We’ve previously looked at creating shelf-ready packaging retailers and consumers will love. Here we’ll look at why more manufacturers aren’t choosing shelf-ready packaging for their products?  Shelf-ready packaging (SRP), also known as retail-ready packaging (RRP), offers excellent benefits for retailers. There are the time and labour saved in stocking […]