OEE benefits for SMEs
Lean Manufacturing & OEE

Not Just For Big Business: OEE Benefits for SMEs

* This article originally appeared as a guest post on the OFS blog.  Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) isn’t just for the big guys. Small and medium businesses can get the edge by getting smart with OEE. Here’s how.  Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) has long been associated with larger businesses, mainly because it was created during the […]

serialisation code has the potential to unlock huge benefits around traceability & transparency in the supply chain
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

5 things every Australian manufacturer must know about serialisation code

Imagine if there was one thing you could do to battle counterfeiting, improve consumer safety, control inventory, optimise the supply chain processes and build brand trust.  Actually, there is – it’s called serialisation.  For most sectors, serialisation has flown under the radar for years. But the rise of counterfeiting and food fraud means the process of putting […]

laser or inkjet
Product Identification Technologies

Laser or inkjet? What Australian manufacturers need to consider

Laser or inkjet? When it comes to investing in coding technology, that’s the first and most important decision. But if you’re trying to choose between laser and inkjet, how do you know which one is better? That’s point number one though, it’s not really a question of “which one is better?”, rather “which one is better for […]

food fraud strategies
Global Manufacturing, Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Food fraud strategies: how Aussie manufacturers can protect their brands

Here’s a scary scenario: when a Chinese consumer buys a product labelled “Australian beef,” there’s only a 50-50 chance the meat inside is Australian beef. There is also a 50-50 chance it contains dog, rat, horse or camel meat, or all of them combined.  This is the reality of food fraud, which is estimated to cost the global food […]

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 […]

the future of food_Angeline Achariya Monash Food Innovation Centre
Global Manufacturing

The future of food & the inconvenient truths

Dr Angeline Achariya, CEO, Monash Food Innovation Centre *   Macrotrends and disruptions are shaping the food industry like never before. Indeed, no “Planet B”, 60 being the new 20, and “reductarians” are just three of the many influences on a global consumer who is at the intersection of health, wellness, nutrition and digitisation.  As a […]

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 […]

label version control
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Why you need label version control in 2019

How many label variations do you have for your products? Are you struggling to juggle seasonal labels for products?  You’re not alone.  As Australian suppliers face growing competition on store shelves, they are turning to creative, seasonal labels to catch shoppers’ eyes and win their wallets.  But is seasonal packaging a waste of time in […]

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 […]

brewery trends
Product Identification Technologies, Trends in Identification

Top 7 Australian microbrewery trends brewing for 2019

Gone are the days when Australia’s craft beer industry comprised beer lovers tinkering with home-brew kits and strange ingredients in their sheds.  Today, there are more than 400 small, independent brewery businesses across Australia – doubled from 200 just six years ago, according to the Independent Brewers Association (IBA). The industry directly employs more than 2,100 […]