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. […]

ready for automation
Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

SMEs, are you ready for automation?

If your New Year’s resolution was to create a more efficient, lean organisation, then it could be time to automate. Automation is no longer the sole realm of larger companies. With technology more affordable than ever, an increasing number of small and medium enterprises are tapping into the advantages of automating manufacturing processes — and there […]

Industry 5.0
Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Will we ever see 100% automated manufacturing facilities?

The news that Foxconn, the world’s biggest contract electronics maker, is developing industrial robots to target 30% automation in its Chinese factories by 2020, has shaken the manufacturing industry. As machines and robotics become more sophisticated and specialised than ever, we can’t help but ask: will manufacturing soon be taken over entirely by robots? But […]

X-ray inspection
Automation & Process Control

7 reasons why your business needs an X-ray inspection system

If your business can’t afford foreign contaminants in your products, then the chances are high that you need an X-ray product inspection machine. Predominantly, the food processing, pharmaceutical and packaging industries rely on these high-tech, yet surprisingly affordable, machines to detect potentially harmful foreign contaminants along the production lines. But they are also essential equipment […]

packaging line integration
Automation & Process Control, Product Identification Technologies

How to get started with packaging line integration

Ready to integrate your packaging line to improve efficiency, output and uptime? Get started with these top 5 tips. It’s no secret that integrating your packaging line delivers tangible advantages — a more streamlined operation, real-time reporting and visibility, added security, and eliminating coding and labelling errors, to name but a few. So once you’ve […]

inspection-equipment
Automation & Process Control

5 types of inspection equipment every manufacturer should know

As the Japanese master of lean manufacturing, Dr Shigeo Shingo, once said: “Humans are animals that make mistakes.” (Learn more about lean here. You can also find out how SMEs can benefit from lean manufacturing.) In today’s manufacturing industry, quality and compliance is everything. However, it’s no longer enough to rely on human inspection. More […]

Metal detection versus X-ray inspection
Automation & Process Control

Which inspection technology? Metal detection vs X-ray inspection

Your mission: To detect any foreign contaminants in your product before they have a chance to leave your processing plant. But which will help you achieve your goal: metal detection or X-ray systems? Metal detection and X-ray inspection have long been the first line of defence for food and beverage processors, but vast improvements in […]