metal detectors for fresh produce inspection
Automation & Process Control, Global Manufacturing, Machine Vision & Quality

Pros and cons of metal detectors for fresh produce inspection

Thinking about investing in a metal detector to inspect your fresh produce? Over the past few years, Australia’s major supermarkets – Coles, Woolworths and Aldi – have been pushing Australia’s fresh produce suppliers to implement metal detection systems.  But it was only after the strawberry crisis hit in 2018 that many producers have started thinking seriously about the […]

3 ways Australian manufacturers can avoid product recalls
Machine Vision & Quality

3 ways Australian manufacturers can avoid product recalls

Have you ever had to press the dreaded recall button?  In December, anurgent recall was issued for Nanna’s Family Apple Pie, which is sold at major supermarkets across Australia, for fears it could be contaminated with glass.  Earlier the same week, Charlesworth Nuts recalled nine products after pieces of metal were found inside a product in South […]

iDSnet OFS
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

14 metrics every Australian manufacturer should measure

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” – Peter Drucker One of the most important quotes in business management couldn’t be more important for Australian manufacturers today. With the right metrics, you can understand what’s working in your production line, and what’s not. You can find weak spots and barriers to efficient production. […]

metal detection for strawberries
Innovation and Best Practices, Machine Vision & Quality

Top 10 considerations when assessing X-ray or metal detection for strawberries

In light of the current strawberry-confidence crisis, what options can packers look at to protect their produce and businesses? Just now there is a crisis of consumer confidence in the Australian strawberry market: there have been some 100 reported instances of needles or pins being found in strawberries in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South […]

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 […]

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 […]

what problems can vision inspection solve
Machine Vision & Quality

What problems can vision inspection solve?

The just-released Packaging Technology Survey 2017 reported that one of the biggest pressures facing today’s business managers, engineers and operations managers is the constant demand for increased operational efficiency and throughput without compromising quality. No surprises there. However, what may come as more of a surprise is the fact that only 16% of companies surveyed […]

ready meal inspection
Machine Vision & Quality

Which inspection technologies can be used for ready meals? (no longer the old TV dinner)

Ready meals are a fast-growing category. But they’re not straightforward to inspect. Here, we reveal the technologies ready to meet the challenge of ready meal inspection. Ready meals have come a long way in the past few decades. In the words of CSIRO Professor Martin Cole: “Ready meals are not 1970s TV dinners, but highly […]

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 […]