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 […]

industry cloud
Innovation and Best Practices

Moving into the industry cloud — manufacturing’s ‘new phenomenon’

The industry cloud is the next step in connected manufacturing. What is it and how could it give you the advantage? Just as you were getting to grips with cloud computing, there’s a new phenomenon making waves in manufacturing: the industry cloud.  Having said that, an industry cloud isn’t new; supply chains have been migrating to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Year's resolutions every manufacturer should make
Innovation and Best Practices

New Year’s resolutions every manufacturer should make for 2018

There’s nothing like the New Year to make you review and evaluate your manufacturing business. So, how will you do things differently in 2018? We asked some industry experts what they believe to be the number-one New Year’s resolution every manufacturer should make. And while they had different ideas, there’s one thing upon which they […]

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 […]

expert predictions for manufacturing in 2018
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

6 expert predictions for manufacturing in 2018

It’s been a big year for manufacturing in Australia. Activity surged to its highest level in 15 years during 2017. Then began to slow down again. We met robots such as Sophia and AMY. We said goodbye to 457 visas, and hello to Amazon. As the new year rapidly approaches, we can’t help but wonder… […]

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 […]