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 […]

track-and-trace
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

How track-and-trace can help you become a manufacturer of the future

Track-and-trace has long been recognised for its ability to protect against counterfeiters and facilitate more effective recalls. But today’s manufacturers are using it as a strategy to better see and manage the entire ecosystem of their production facilities, and make smarter manufacturing a reality. Before we delve into the benefits of track-and-trace, here’s a quick […]

expert predictions for manufacturing in 2018
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

6 expert predictions for manufacturing in 2018

It’s been a big year for manufacturing in Australia. Activity surged to its highest level in 15 years during 2017. Then began to slow down again. We met robots such as Sophia and AMY. We said goodbye to 457 visas, and hello to Amazon. As the new year rapidly approaches, we can’t help but wonder… […]

manufacturing stories that shaped 2017
Product Identification Technologies

Year in review: manufacturing stories that shaped 2017

Augmented reality on the rise. Goodbye 457 visas. Sophie the robot granted citizenship. Look at the headlines from the past 12 months and one thing’s for sure: it’s been a year filled with surprises. (And we thought 2016 was shocking!) Just before we rewind and look at some of the year’s biggest stories for manufacturers, here’s how […]

identification and inspection
Machine Vision & Quality, Product Identification Technologies

Identification and inspection: why integrate?

Used separately, identification and inspection are powerful technologies with the ability to improve efficiencies and product quality. So, just imagine what they can achieve when they work together. Identification and inspection systems are becoming two very powerful components at the end of the line. Labelling, marking and coding systems provide compliance to the exacting retailer […]

food waste
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

How the world is tackling food waste

Fact: Food waste is a huge global issue. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, 28% of the world’s agriculture area is used to produce food that ultimately goes to waste each year. In fact, The Guardian reports that nearly 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year — which is more […]

foodpro 2017
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Matthews Australasia maps the future at foodpro 2017

It’s been three years since foodpro, Australasia’s leading food manufacturing and packaging exhibition, took Melbourne by storm (literally). Now, the wait is almost over. Coming to Sydney from 16 to 19 July, foodpro 2017 promises to once again showcase the future of all things food. But this is more than just an expo: foodpro 2017 […]

automate barcoding
Automation & Process Control, Product Identification Technologies

How can you automate barcoding?

The challenge when you automate barcoding processes is often not in knowing whether or not you need to automate, but in choosing which technology solutions will bring the best results. Australian manufacturers’ appetite for automation is growing. You only need to look at the key trends to come out of AUSPACK 2017 to see that. […]

labelling technologies
Product Identification Technologies

Your one-stop guide to labelling technologies

How do different labelling technologies stack up? Which should you choose for your products and packaging line? To help you navigate through the options, read our one-stop guide to labelling technologies. Labelling technologies have come leaps and bounds in the past few years, especially as automation has ramped up. While the end goal of labelling […]