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 […]

SMEs benefit from lean manufacturing
Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Product Identification Technologies

How can SMEs benefit from lean manufacturing

Lean manufacturing isn’t just for the big guys. Today’s small and medium businesses can get an advantage over their competitors by looking to lean manufacturing practices. Here’s how. When we talk about lean principles, it doesn’t take long for big names such as Toyota and Boeing to crop up. But in reality, lean isn’t a […]

Beverage Trends
Global Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

5 beverage trends you need to know

What’s really going on in the beverage market today? Here, we explore the major trends across soft drinks, juice, beer, wine, bottled water and beyond. Soft drinks slowing down The Australian soft-drink market needs a shakeup. On the surface, it seems that new companies are entering the scene, but Roy Morgan Research shows that Coca […]

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 […]

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) […]

Overall equipment effectiveness_OEE
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

What is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)?

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is an analysis of a manufacturer’s efficiency and productivity, the results of which are displayed in a hierarchy of metrics. Formulated in the 1960s by Seiichi Nakajima, OEE is now globally recognised as a best practice measure and key performance indicator in a range of manufacturing industries – from pharmaceuticals to the […]