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 […]

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 […]

unreliable equipment
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

The real cost of unreliable equipment — it’s significant

If you can’t count on your equipment to work when production is scheduled, it’s unreliable. In the manufacturing industry, unreliable equipment has a greater cost than just monetary: it can affect workers, customer relationships, brand reputation and beyond. So before you make any cuts to your maintenance budget or delay on replacing failing equipment, take […]

OEE implementation
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Are you making these common mistakes with OEE?

Are you getting the full benefit of your OEE implementation? Here’s how to avoid the most common mistakes with Overall Equipment Effectiveness.   With companies facing increasing pressure from overseas to squeeze as much productivity as they can from their assets, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of Australian manufacturers and processors are looking […]

inspection systems
Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Machine Vision & Quality

Best practice guide to inspection systems

Quality is everything in manufacturing today. But the demand for more products and faster turnaround times means it’s no longer enough to rely on human inspection to achieve the high level of standards customers and consumers expect. That’s where automated inspection systems come in. Metal detectors, checkweighers, scanners, X-ray and vision inspection … there’s a […]

Industry 4.0
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Product Identification Technologies

What you need to know about Industry 4.0

The idea of Industry 4.0 has been hovering over the Australian manufacturing industry for a few years now, but what does it mean for manufacturers and why should you take notice? Here, we answer some common questions about Industry 4.0.   It’s a term that makes some manufacturers shudder with fear and others with anticipation. […]

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 […]

ROI of your checkweigher
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

How to calculate the ROI of your checkweigher

Worried about wasting profits? Here’s how as a manufacturer, you can calculate the ROI of your checkweigher to help maximise the bang for your buck. We’ve previously discussed the benefits of lean manufacturing and how to boost your business’s operational efficiency and competitiveness. But there’s one very obvious way to reduce waste on the production […]

preventive maintenance vs breakdown repair
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

What you need to know about preventive maintenance vs breakdown repair

By guest author, Mario Soccio* You know what they say: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. For decades, many manufacturers have relied on a “fail and fix” approach for equipment, waiting until the very moment it breaks down before fixing the problem. However, there’s a growing school of thought that an alternative “predict and […]