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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

ready meal inspection
Machine Vision & Quality

Which inspection technologies can be used for ready meals? (no longer the old TV dinner)

Ready meals are a fast-growing category. But they’re not straightforward to inspect. Here, we reveal the technologies ready to meet the challenge of ready meal inspection. Ready meals have come a long way in the past few decades. In the words of CSIRO Professor Martin Cole: “Ready meals are not 1970s TV dinners, but highly […]

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 […]

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 […]