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 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 […]

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 […]

3 ways Australian manufacturers can avoid product recalls
Machine Vision & Quality

3 ways Australian manufacturers can avoid product recalls

Have you ever had to press the dreaded recall button?  In December, anurgent recall was issued for Nanna’s Family Apple Pie, which is sold at major supermarkets across Australia, for fears it could be contaminated with glass.  Earlier the same week, Charlesworth Nuts recalled nine products after pieces of metal were found inside a product in South […]

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 […]

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 […]

what problems can vision inspection solve
Machine Vision & Quality

What problems can vision inspection solve?

The just-released Packaging Technology Survey 2017 reported that one of the biggest pressures facing today’s business managers, engineers and operations managers is the constant demand for increased operational efficiency and throughput without compromising quality. No surprises there. However, what may come as more of a surprise is the fact that only 16% of companies surveyed […]

ready meal inspection
Machine Vision & Quality

Which inspection technologies can be used for ready meals? (no longer the old TV dinner)

Ready meals are a fast-growing category. But they’re not straightforward to inspect. Here, we reveal the technologies ready to meet the challenge of ready meal inspection. Ready meals have come a long way in the past few decades. In the words of CSIRO Professor Martin Cole: “Ready meals are not 1970s TV dinners, but highly […]

inspection systems
Lean Manufacturing & OEE, Machine Vision & Quality

Best practice guide to inspection systems

Quality is everything in manufacturing today. But the demand for more products and faster turnaround times means it’s no longer enough to rely on human inspection to achieve the high level of standards customers and consumers expect. That’s where automated inspection systems come in. Metal detectors, checkweighers, scanners, X-ray and vision inspection … there’s a […]