Could automation and robotics actually create jobs
Automation & Process Control

Will manufacturing automation and robotics lead to job growth?

Automation and robotics are coming to a workspace near you. Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, robotics, and many other aspects of Industry 4.0, are gradually making inroads into our working lives. At least, that’s what leading commentators and researchers would have us believe. Are they right? And more importantly, should we be excited or concerned? (Here’s […]

metal detection in packaged food
Innovation and Best Practices

Metal detection in packaged food: how to avoid false rejects

The challenge of metal contamination in packaged food is a big one. With metal and non-magnetic stainless steel among the biggest culprits for food contamination today, many food processors choose a metal detection system to seek out even the smallest metal contaminants in their product. While metal detection is incredibly beneficial to food processing and […]

digital manufacturing
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

Digital manufacturing 101: what does it mean for Australian businesses?

When it comes to discussing the future of manufacturing, two words are on everyone’s lips: “digital revolution”. But exactly what this digital revolution means, varies across different industries. Here, we look at why Australian manufacturers should look towards a digital transformation. Digital manufacturing: “the elevator pitch” Summing up digital manufacturing in a few sentences isn’t […]

identification and inspection
Machine Vision & Quality, Product Identification Technologies

Identification and inspection: why integrate?

Used separately, identification and inspection are powerful technologies with the ability to improve efficiencies and product quality. So, just imagine what they can achieve when they work together. Identification and inspection systems are becoming two very powerful components at the end of the line. Labelling, marking and coding systems provide compliance to the exacting retailer […]

what problems can vision inspection solve
Machine Vision & Quality

What problems can vision inspection solve?

The just-released Packaging Technology Survey 2017 reported that one of the biggest pressures facing today’s business managers, engineers and operations managers is the constant demand for increased operational efficiency and throughput without compromising quality. No surprises there. However, what may come as more of a surprise is the fact that only 16% of companies surveyed […]

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 […]

millennials in the workforce
Global Manufacturing

Why Australian manufacturers need millennials in the workforce

Narcissistic, attention seeking, distracted, disloyal, Snapchatters…the list goes on. Given that they make up half the workforce and just over one in four are already in management positions, it’s worrying that such negative stereotypes haunt the millennial generation. But the reality is that manufacturers who embrace millennials in the workforce stand to gain.   Back […]