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 […]

optimising TCO
Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

What is TCO, or total cost of ownership?

And how does TCO affect Australian manufacturers? The Australian manufacturing industry exists in a highly competitive business climate. This challenges companies to find creative ways of lowering their costs without compromising the goal of producing high-quality products. And all the while, they must maintain the required regulatory and compliance standards. So it’s more important than […]

bar code quality importance in manufacturing
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Bar code quality and its importance within manufacturing

It might look like an insignificant part of every package, but a product’s bar code is a vital aspect of its manufacture: it enables traceability within the supply chain (from the manufacturer to the end consumer) and facilitates the smooth flow of goods. At Matthews, we’re finding that the nation’s biggest retailers are becoming ever […]

Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Thinking lean manufacturing? What about ‘quality’?

If you’re on the path to leaner quality, then quality control is not just a non-value-adding ‘evil’. We’ve talked a bit about quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) on the path to being “lean”. (See Quality,  parts One and Two, and also check out how SME’s can benefit from lean manufacturing.) QC (traditional approach) […]

Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Quality: Addressing one of the biggest issues in food manufacturing

In Part 1, we looked at how ‘quality’ is one of the biggest issues in food manufacturing, and is the lowest common denominator in the inter-dependent concepts of ‘lean manufacturing’, ‘six sigma’, ‘kaizen’ and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). This time I’m going to look at how to actually meet the ‘quality’ expectations of retailers and […]

Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Software that shines a light on packaging’s ‘black hole’

Last time, I looked at what ‘lean’ is, and what it isn’t and how the packaging hall is usually a ‘black hole’ of data. Naturally if you can’t see something, you can’t measure it, which makes it pretty tricky to fix. Now I’ll cover exactly how you can shine some light on that black hole […]

Automation & Process Control, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Continuous improvement – the future for Australian manufacturers

Continuous improvement a strong way forward In recent times, Australian manufacturers have faced the challenges of a high Australian dollar, intense competition, increasing interdependence of global supply chains, and shifting patterns of consumption and investment. To continue competing successfully — both domestically and globally — manufacturers must be dynamic, innovative and world-class in their performance and […]