does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

Does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability?

Is it possible to trace an individual turkey from farm to table? Last year, US agricultural conglomerate Cargill Inc. did exactly that using blockchain technology. So how does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability? In a campaign perfectly timed for Thanksgiving, the company allowed shoppers to type in the code from their store-bought […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 information sources
Innovation and Best Practices

10 great information sources for Australian manufacturers

The best manufacturers are always hungry to learn more. Why? Because they can’t afford to stop. Here are the 10 best blogs and publications to put on your reading list.  Australian manufacturers need an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, ideas and inspiration. Without that, it’s hard to keep pace in a world that changes so rapidly. […]

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 […]