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 […]

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 […]

Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Machine Vision & Quality

Quality: One of the biggest issues in food manufacturing

With Australian manufacturing facing tough economic times, some of the really hot topics today are ‘lean manufacturing’, ‘six sigma’, ‘kaizen’ and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). The concepts are all inter-dependent, and all have ‘quality’ as the lowest common denominator.  Quality: one of the biggest issues in food manufacturing Every food and beverage manufacturer knows they […]

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 […]