codes Australian fresh produce
Trends in Identification

Decoding the rules for fresh produce in Australia (Part 2): 5 codes you need to know

Choosing the right code is a basic way of ensuring your product gets to the right place, at the right time – especially for fresh produce, which has a shorter life-span than other food products. In Part 1, we looked at Australian labelling rules for fresh produce, including what is and isn’t mandatory, and what […]

labelling rules for fresh produce
Trends in Identification

Decoding the rules for fresh produce in Australia (Part 1)

Confused about labelling rules for fresh produce? What’s mandatory? What’s not? What do retailers want? Here’s what Australian fresh produce suppliers need to know. Farming and agriculture remain vitally important to Australia’s economy, contributing almost $50 billion a year to our bottom line. But times are changing. Consumers are increasingly interested in what they’re eating and are looking […]

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 […]

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 […]

OEE utilisation
Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Benefits of implementing OEE

Why is OEE such a popular manufacturing-operation metric? The reason is simple: OEE can deliver accurate and actionable information to manufacturers for significant productivity improvement. First, a reminder of some OEE basics: OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a best-practice metric for measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of a manufacturing process.Calculated asthe product of three factors […]

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 […]