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 […]

blockchain in food traceability
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Is blockchain a game changer for food traceability in 2020?

It’s been just over 18 months since we first discussed the idea of blockchain for food traceability.  As we head into 2020, what’s changed? Are Australian suppliers and retailers any closer to using blockchain to improve food traceability? Where will it go next?  Before we dive in, here’s a quick recap: What is food traceability? Food […]

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 […]

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 […]

Australian National Outlook
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices

The Australian national outlook: top takeaways for manufacturers

Will Australia thrive in the next 40 years? Or is its future prosperity at risk?  That’s what the Australian National Outlook 2019 (ANO 2019) is all about.   The report, published by CSIRO in June, spells out the challenges, choices and likely consequences we face between now and 2060 that could disrupt Australia’s current conditions and influence our […]

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 […]

spring bbq
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

Are you IN to WIN a Weber Q bbq this spring?!

*** Thank you; this competition is now closed. Make sure you connect with us here for insights and tailored information for Australian makers & movers, domestically and on the global stage. *** “Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the barbeque is?” If this is you, we can help.  Matthews Australasia is running a […]

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 […]