OEE monitoring mistakes
Product Identification Technologies

The most common OEE mistakes and how to avoid them

Optimising your equipment’s efficiency is an essential element of continuous improvement for manufacturers. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a powerful way to achieve this. Get the implementation right, and OEE can be used to pinpoint problem areas on your line and, ultimately, help you make the necessary changes to improve production. However, there are some […]

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 […]

how to calculate OEE
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

How to calculate OEE

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a powerful metric. Considered the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity, the OEE key performance indicator (KPI) brings together data on availability, performance and quality to tell you the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive. How to calculate OEE OEE is measured as the product of three factors […]

circular economy
Product Identification Technologies

Circular economy + Australian manufacturing: what you need to know

The waste industry has called for $150 million “circular economy and action plan” to fix recycling uncertainty. So, what is a circular economy and why is it important for Australian manufacturers? Here’s what you need to know. If you haven’t heard by now, there are big changes afoot in the world of waste. China imposed […]

global supply chain
Global Manufacturing

5 keys to unlock the value of global supply chains for Aussie manufacturers

Specialisation makes a market small. Globalisation makes it big. Imagine the possibilities if you combine the two. That’s what’s on offer for manufacturers who find a niche in the global supply chain. We live in a global marketplace – as the arrival of Amazon has confirmed. And it’s quickly becoming apparent that the Australian market […]

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 […]

the Amazon effect
Global Manufacturing

The Amazon effect: what does it mean for Australian manufacturers?

Amazon – friend or foe? That’s the question facing Australian manufacturers. Here, we weigh up the opportunities and challenges presented by the online retail giant’s arrival, and how manufacturers can stay ahead of the game.    In case you missed it, here’s the story so far. In 2017, online retail goliath Amazon announced it would […]