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 […]

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 […]

does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

Does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability?

Is it possible to trace an individual turkey from farm to table? Last year, US agricultural conglomerate Cargill Inc. did exactly that using blockchain technology. So how does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability? In a campaign perfectly timed for Thanksgiving, the company allowed shoppers to type in the code from their store-bought […]

how blockchain can improve food traceability
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

How blockchain can improve food traceability

The technology behind bitcoin could improve food traceability. Unsure how that could be possible? Here’s how. If you’re a food manufacturer and you haven’t got to grips with blockchain technology, it’s time to start. Blockchain is the underlying enabling technology developed for the cryptocurrency, bitcoin. But beyond that, there’s a growing buzz around blockchain and […]

industry cloud
Innovation and Best Practices

Moving into the industry cloud — manufacturing’s ‘new phenomenon’

The industry cloud is the next step in connected manufacturing. What is it and how could it give you the advantage? Just as you were getting to grips with cloud computing, there’s a new phenomenon making waves in manufacturing: the industry cloud.  Having said that, an industry cloud isn’t new; supply chains have been migrating to […]

National Food Waste Strategy
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

National Food Waste Strategy: what it means for food labelling

Food waste reduction is now a national priority for the Australian Government. Does this mean change is imminent for food labelling? Food waste is estimated to cost the Australian economy $20 billion each year, with Australian consumers throwing away around 3.1 million tonnes of edible food a year. Research indicates Australians bin the equivalent of […]