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 […]

Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

How track-and-trace can help you become a manufacturer of the future

Track-and-trace has long been recognised for its ability to protect against counterfeiters and facilitate more effective recalls. But today’s manufacturers are using it as a strategy to better see and manage the entire ecosystem of their production facilities, and make smarter manufacturing a reality. Before we delve into the benefits of track-and-trace, here’s a quick […]

bimodal supply chain
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

5 things you need to know about a bimodal supply chain

According to global research and advisory company Gartner, “bimodal” is the future of the supply chain. But if you’ve never considered a bimodal supply chain strategy, you’re not alone. It might be the topic de jour, but many Australian manufacturers haven’t yet come across the concept of a bimodal supply chain, let alone started to […]

food & beverage export success
Innovation and Best Practices

Top 5 tips for food and beverage export success

Thinking about expanding your food & beverage business overseas? Learn the top 5 strategies for food and beverage export success. Clean, green, high quality and healthy — Australian food & beverage products have an enviable reputation abroad. As a result, the market is ripe for those producers looking to take the step overseas. The China-Australia Free Trade […]

unreliable equipment
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

The real cost of unreliable equipment — it’s significant

If you can’t count on your equipment to work when production is scheduled, it’s unreliable. In the manufacturing industry, unreliable equipment has a greater cost than just monetary: it can affect workers, customer relationships, brand reputation and beyond. So before you make any cuts to your maintenance budget or delay on replacing failing equipment, take […]

manufacturing stories that shaped 2016
Global Manufacturing

2016 in review: manufacturing stories that shaped the year

With the festive holidays just around the corner, it’s time to take stock on the year that was. Let’s look back on the headline-hitting manufacturing stories that shaped 2016 and what we’ve learnt. Australian innovation flounders Innovation was a hot topic in 2016. First, global measurement company Nielsen found that successful innovation is the key […]