trends manufacturers need to watch
Innovation and Best Practices

3 trends manufacturers need to watch

Between the Internet of Things (IoT), information-driven manufacturing (iDM), social robots and Internet 5.0, you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s enough happening in your own world without worrying about other industries. But being aware of parallel industry developments as they’re happening can keep you ahead of the curve and help you anticipate new solutions to […]

technologies driving Industry 4.0
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices

A manufacturer’s practical guide to the technologies driving Industry 4.0

You may have wondered what are the technologies driving Industry 4.0? We explain them here, and how manufacturers can get started. Industry 4.0 is catapulting the manufacturing industry into a new realm. Also known as the “fourth industrial revolution”, Industry 4.0 refers to a world in which machines interact and respond intelligently to their surrounding […]

Internet of Things
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices

Internet of Things: the essential ingredient for Australian food & beverage manufacturers?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the latest industry buzzword. But peel away the hype and what’s the real impact of IoT on Australian food & beverage manufacturers?   The Internet of Things (IoT) is about smart connectivity and data. It refers to the ability of physical devices to connect with the internet so that […]

health food
Innovation and Best Practices

3 lessons manufacturers can learn from award-winning health food

If there are three things the 2016 Healthy Food Guide winners have in common, it’s innovation, creativity and an acute awareness of consumer trends. The Australian Healthy Food Guide Awards identify the healthiest foods on supermarket shelves that make it easy for people to shop, buy and eat good food. And 2016 was a big […]

Additive Manufacturing
Innovation and Best Practices

Additive manufacturing and food: science fiction or untapped business opportunity?

Can Additive Manufacturing (or “AM”) be used to create a taste sensation? To find out, some food & beverage companies have been experimenting with “printing” food. But is it just a novelty or can AM actually create new business opportunities for food companies? Additive Manufacturing has been one of the hottest topics in manufacturing over […]

manufacturing predictions for 2017
Global Manufacturing, Product Identification Technologies

Experts share their manufacturing predictions for 2017

How does 2017 look for manufacturers? We decided the best way to find out is going straight to the experts. We asked Janette Woodhouse, editor of What’s New in Food Technology & Manufacturing and Prepared Food; Matthew Treeby, Commercial Marketing Manager – South Pacific at Rockwell Automation; and our own General Manager, Mark Dingley, to […]

seasonal packaging
Innovation and Best Practices

Is seasonal packaging a waste of time?

Christmas is just around the corner and supermarket shelves are inevitably turning shades of red and green as brands switch to seasonal packaging. It seems like only yesterday we said goodbye to the vibrant orange packaging of Halloween. It might make for an eye-catching supermarket aisle but do consumers really want special seasonal packaging? Does […]

personalised packaging
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Personalised packaging reaches beyond a first name basis with customers

Ever since Coca-Cola’s “Share a Coke” campaign, adding customers’ names to packaging has been the go-to strategy for customer engagement and driving sales. But three years on, it’s time to go beyond consumers’ first names and leverage digital technology to truly get closer to your customers. The benefits of personalised packaging are clear: according to […]