spring bbq
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

Are you IN to WIN a Weber Q bbq this spring?!

*** Thank you; this competition is now closed. Make sure you connect with us here for insights and tailored information for Australian makers & movers, domestically and on the global stage. *** “Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the barbeque is?” If this is you, we can help.  Matthews Australasia is running a […]

hemp oil hemp seeds hemp milk
Global Manufacturing

6 reasons Australia’s hemp industry is more than hemp oil + hemp seeds…

…plus Aussie hemp start-ups to watch Australia’s hemp industry is booming, with farmers, retailers and consumers all chasing its potential. Hemp is a sub-species of the Cannabis sativa plant, but without the psychoactive properties of its sibling marijuana. (Among the latter’s many cannabinoids giving the drug its “high”, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is probably the best-known. Hemp is […]

AUSPACK 2019 wrap up
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Machine Vision & Quality, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

AUSPACK 2019 wrap up: What you might have missed

AUSPACK is done and dusted for another two years. Read on to re-live the experience or catch up on what you missed. AUSPACK 2019 brought four MASSIVE days of industry networking and new ideas, innovations and technologies.  According to the organisers, the event was “the biggest, best and most successful show in its 34-year history, with visitor numbers […]

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 […]

label version control
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Why you need label version control in 2019

How many label variations do you have for your products? Are you struggling to juggle seasonal labels for products?  You’re not alone.  As Australian suppliers face growing competition on store shelves, they are turning to creative, seasonal labels to catch shoppers’ eyes and win their wallets.  But is seasonal packaging a waste of time in […]

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 […]