sustainable packaging
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

Sustainable packaging is the future, here’s how to get started

Australia is in the midst of a global waste pandemic and manufacturers need to take action.  The packaging industry is currently worth USD$900 billion and forecast to grow at an annual rate of 3.1% between now and 2022, as our consumption continues to soar.  In 2018, the Australia Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) outlined targets to create a more sustainable […]

recycling in Australia
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

How Australian manufacturers can embrace a circular economy to deal with the recycling crisis

Could the circular economy help deal with the crisis around recycling in Australia? Here’s how Australian manufacturers could make a difference.  The crisis around recycling in Australia made front-page news last year when China announced its decision to ban imports of recyclable waste from all over the world. China had been handling nearly half the world’s […]

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 […]