get ahead by being different
Global Manufacturing, Product Identification Technologies

How Australian businesses can get ahead by being different

There were many speakers at the recent Breaking Boundaries LIVE event that inspired the audience, but one person stood out: Daniel Flynn, cofounder of social enterprise Thankyou. Flynn is the pin-up boy for Australian food & drink businesses — and businesses in any other industry for that matter. With Flynn at the helm, Thankyou has grown […]

pre-printed cartons vs inline printed cartons
Product Identification Technologies

Pre-printed cartons vs inline printed cartons: should you make the switch?

In the relentless search for ways to optimise the cost and efficiency of production lines, every process counts. Here, we put the spotlight on carton printing. For years, manufacturers have relied on pre-printed cartons for packing and shipping their products. However, as product ranges expand and exports increase, there’s a lot to be gained from […]

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. […]

inefficient coding and labelling
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

10 ways to optimise your current coding and labelling operations

Inefficient coding and labelling operations can hold back a business. Are yours? To keep pace in an increasingly competitive world, every manufacturing business needs to run as efficiently as possible. The hard truth is that if your line is not operating efficiently, your days are numbered. But there’s one area many manufacturers overlook that could […]

2D codes
Product Identification Technologies

Datamatrix and QR codes: why 2D codes are still relevant in 2016

The business world has changed since the introduction of Datamatrix and QR codes all those years ago. Where it was once a novelty to use these small black-and-white squares, some are now arguing that their time has passed. In reality, the opposite is true. Our improved understanding of two-dimensional codes, or 2D codes, in 2016 […]

packaging line integration
Automation & Process Control, Product Identification Technologies

How to get started with packaging line integration

Ready to integrate your packaging line to improve efficiency, output and uptime? Get started with these top 5 tips. It’s no secret that integrating your packaging line delivers tangible advantages — a more streamlined operation, real-time reporting and visibility, added security, and eliminating coding and labelling errors, to name but a few. So once you’ve […]

Product Identification Technologies

Why aren’t more manufacturers using SRP — or shelf-ready packaging?

Retailers want it. Consumers need it. We’ve previously looked at creating shelf-ready packaging retailers and consumers will love. Here we’ll look at why more manufacturers aren’t choosing shelf-ready packaging for their products?  Shelf-ready packaging (SRP), also known as retail-ready packaging (RRP), offers excellent benefits for retailers. There are the time and labour saved in stocking […]

use-by date best-before date
Product Identification Technologies

Use-by vs best-before: your essential guide to date codes

Date codes are critical for food and beverage suppliers, with harsh penalties if you don’t comply. But which date code should you be using: best before or use-by? Our experts have the answers.  The intention behind date coding is a simple matter of health and safety. A use-by or best-before date gives consumers a guide […]

2015 global packaging trends
Product Identification Technologies

A year in packaging: highlights of 2015 global packaging trends

Consumer trends have a stronger influence on the packaging world than ever before. We’ve already seen this in the Millennials’ impact on packaging, and how consumer trends have shaped dairy packaging. Not only is product packaging considered to be the ultimate opportunity for brand owners to communicate the brand’s message visually, but the type and […]