upgrading from metal detector to x-ray inspection
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices, Machine Vision & Quality

The business case for upgrading from metal detector to x-ray inspection

Is it time to be upgrading from metal detector to X-ray inspection? Over recent years, Australia’s major supermarkets – Coles, Woolworths and Aldi – have been pushing suppliers to implement metal detection systems. The strawberry needle crisis of 2018 forced the hand of many fresh produce suppliers, especially.  There were some interesting lessons for Australian food processors in […]

laser marking + serialisation in food-safety programs
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Food safety plans, part 2: essential ingredients for food-safety programs

Ask any food supplier what equipment they need for food-safety program, and laser marking wouldn’t be the first thing they say. In fact, chances are it wouldn’t even make the list.  But for brand owners who are serious about their food-safety programs and want to meet full compliance with regulators and retailers, laser marking and […]

understanding food-safety programs
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

HACCP, VACCP, TACCP: understanding food-safety programs, part 1

Everyone has no doubt heard of HACCP – or “Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points”. This food-safety program has been around since NASA sent astronauts into space in the 1960s. Most food businesses in Australia need to devise a food-safety program based on HACCP principles if they want to get on the supermarket shelves or into […]

laser or inkjet
Product Identification Technologies

Laser or inkjet? What Australian manufacturers need to consider

Laser or inkjet? When it comes to investing in coding technology, that’s the first and most important decision. But if you’re trying to choose between laser and inkjet, how do you know which one is better? That’s point number one though, it’s not really a question of “which one is better?”, rather “which one is better for […]

AUSPACK 2019
Automation & Process Control, Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Machine Vision & Quality, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

What not to miss at AUSPACK 2019 this week

The region’s largest packaging and processing expo, AUSPACK, returns to Melbourne this week. Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or a first-timer, our guide will help you narrow down the events you simply cannot afford to miss.   AUSPACK BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY CONFERENCE (Tues 26 to Wed 27 March)  New for 2019, the AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference is […]

Christmas product packaging
Global Manufacturing

Top 5 ideas for shelf-ready Christmas product packaging

Ecommerce might be growing at an explosive rate, but there’s still a huge opportunity for brands to win over customers in physical stores this festive season. Your Christmas product packaging could hold the key. In 2017, Australian consumers were expected to spend more than $20 billion on grocery items over Christmas, with an increase of […]

recall or withdrawal
Innovation and Best Practices

Recall or withdrawal? What Australian manufacturers need to know + examples

Have you noticed how recall notifications have soared recently? From listeria outbreaks to undeclared allergens and even faulty condoms, it seems barely a week goes by without Aussie news headlines warning about another major recall. Fact: Recalls are a risk for every manufacturer. Chances are the risk of a recall or withdrawal weighs on your mind […]

sustainable manufacturing
Global Manufacturing, Product Identification Technologies

What is sustainable manufacturing? Examples from Australian companies

Are you using plastic-free packaging? What happens to packaging once it’s in consumers’ hands? How can you help reduce food waste? As sustainable manufacturing gains momentum, these are just some of the questions facing manufacturers. What is sustainable manufacturing? There is no single common definition of sustainable manufacturing, but the OECD sums it up as […]

lease or buy
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

Manufacturing equipment: should you lease or buy?

June 30 is creeping up fast. With it comes the inevitable question of whether it’s time to invest in new equipment or wait until the next tax year. This question is even more urgent for small and medium businesses who are counting the final days of the $20,000 instant asset write-off, arguably one of the […]