2020 predictions
Automation & Process Control, Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

2020 Predictions for Australian manufacturers and suppliers

That’s (nearly) it folks! While this decade isn’t quite over, the end of 2019 and moving into 2020 has a feeling of change. And looking back, there have been massive changes over the past 10 years.  We’ve seen a growing use of automation and robotics, digitisation and data analytics. And watched 3G move to 4G and now 5G. More […]

Matthews is the Australasian leader in SSCC pallet labelling
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

The costliest mistakes with SSCC pallet labelling + how to fix them

Mistakes happen in labelling. However, the mistakes you make with SSCC labels can have expensive repercussions for your business and your customers.  Why? Because retailers rely on SSCC pallet labels (aka logistics labels) to efficiently and accurately process inbound pallets into DCs.  The industry standard for logistics labelling is a Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC), which uniquely […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

real-time dashboards
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Trends in Identification

The importance of real-time dashboards + 7 reasons why you need them

How is your production line doing right now? Do you know how efficient it is? Is there any downtime? Where are the bottlenecks? Manufacturing businesses are complex operations. Even the smallest manufacturers can struggle to keep an eye on what’s going on, let alone if you have multiple production lines and multiple sites.  Imagine if […]

what does 2019 have in store for Australian manufacturers and suppliers
Automation & Process Control, Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Predictions and trends: what does 2019 have in store for Australian manufacturers and suppliers?

2018 is almost over and what a year it was! We found needles in strawberries, saw a surge in food fraud and an outbreak in listeria from contaminated rock melons. We observed the rolling of another Australian prime minister, while the positive growth in Australian manufacturing continued. We watched Apple become the world’s first US$1 trillion business and blockchain start making waves […]

Could automation and robotics actually create jobs
Automation & Process Control

Will manufacturing automation and robotics lead to job growth?

Automation and robotics are coming to a workspace near you. Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, robotics, and many other aspects of Industry 4.0, are gradually making inroads into our working lives. At least, that’s what leading commentators and researchers would have us believe. Are they right? And more importantly, should we be excited or concerned? (Here’s […]

technologies driving Industry 4.0
Automation & Process Control, Innovation and Best Practices

A manufacturer’s practical guide to the technologies driving Industry 4.0

You may have wondered what are the technologies driving Industry 4.0? We explain them here, and how manufacturers can get started. Industry 4.0 is catapulting the manufacturing industry into a new realm. Also known as the “fourth industrial revolution”, Industry 4.0 refers to a world in which machines interact and respond intelligently to their surrounding […]