Woolies is trialling GS1 2D data-embedded barcodes
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

GS1 2D data-embedded barcodes are coming in 2019 – what Australian food & beverage suppliers need to know

Two-dimensional codes have been around for a while without attracting much attention outside of using a fixed QR-code for consumer engagement. Now, a recent announcement from Woolworths has put the spotlight on GS1 2D codes for retail point of sale (POS) to cut product recall food waste and improve traceability.   See how track-and-trace can help you become […]

OEE benefits for SMEs
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Not Just For Big Business: OEE Benefits for SMEs

* This article originally appeared as a guest post on the OFS blog.  Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) isn’t just for the big guys. Small and medium businesses can get the edge by getting smart with OEE. Here’s how.  Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) has long been associated with larger businesses, mainly because it was created during the […]

serialisation code has the potential to unlock huge benefits around traceability & transparency in the supply chain
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

5 things every Australian manufacturer must know about serialisation code

Imagine if there was one thing you could do to battle counterfeiting, improve consumer safety, control inventory, optimise the supply chain processes and build brand trust.  Actually, there is – it’s called serialisation.  For most sectors, serialisation has flown under the radar for years. But the rise of counterfeiting and food fraud means the process of putting […]

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 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 […]

food fraud strategies
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Food fraud strategies: how Aussie manufacturers can protect their brands

Here’s a scary scenario: when a Chinese consumer buys a product labelled “Australian beef,” there’s only a 50-50 chance the meat inside is Australian beef. There is also a 50-50 chance it contains dog, rat, horse or camel meat, or all of them combined.  This is the reality of food fraud, which is estimated to cost the global food […]

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 […]

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 […]

the future of food_Angeline Achariya Monash Food Innovation Centre
Global Manufacturing

The future of food & the inconvenient truths

Dr Angeline Achariya, CEO, Monash Food Innovation Centre *   Macrotrends and disruptions are shaping the food industry like never before. Indeed, no “Planet B”, 60 being the new 20, and “reductarians” are just three of the many influences on a global consumer who is at the intersection of health, wellness, nutrition and digitisation.  As a […]

Matthews Australasia at #AUSPACK
Automation & Process Control, Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Top 10 things to see and do at AUSPACK 2019

Are you heading to AUSPACK 2019? We’ve got the scoop on what to expect at the biggest AUSPACK ever. Coming to Melbourne on 26-29 March, AUSPACK brings together more than 350 suppliers representing a massive 1,200 global brands – all under one roof. Organisers are promising this will be the “most comprehensive and occupying the largest floor space […]