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?!

“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 competition to celebrate the first month of spring in style: by giving you the chance to win a barbeque!  But it’s not just any old barbeque, this is a Weber […]

FY19 reporting
Global Manufacturing

What we can learn from Australian manufacturers after FY19 reporting season

Now that the August reporting season is coming to a close, it’s time to take stock and look at what we can learn from the past financial year.  We took a snapshot of the reports from 8 Australian manufacturers:   Gage Roads Brewing Treasury Wine Estates Bega Cheese Group  Bellamy’s Organic A2 Milk Freedom Foods BlueScope […]

hemp oil hemp seeds hemp milk
Global Manufacturing

6 reasons Australia’s hemp industry is more than hemp oil + hemp seeds…

…plus Aussie hemp start-ups to watch Australia’s hemp industry is booming, with farmers, retailers and consumers all chasing its potential. Hemp is a sub-species of the Cannabis sativaplant, but without the psychoactive properties of its sibling marijuana. (Among the latter’s many cannabinoids giving the drug its “high”, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is probably the best-known. Hemp is THC […]

edit labels without coding
Product Identification Technologies

Do you speak ZPL? How to edit labels without coding

If you’re not a coding whizz, working with Zebra Programming Language (ZPL) for labels can be more than frustrating, it could also be costing you valuable time and money.  How do you set up your labels? Can you be confident you’re getting the right label format? How do you make changes to labels? Here, we look at what […]

preventative maintenance saves money
Innovation and Best Practices, Product Identification Technologies

How preventative maintenance saves money for Australian manufacturers

The new financial year isn’t just a time to get things sorted for the Australian Tax Office. It’s a prime opportunity to review your business and look for ways to work more cost efficiently in the coming year. The good news is that Australian manufacturers don’t need to look far for the answer.  Consider this […]

Woolies is trialling GS1 2D data-embedded barcodes
Innovation and Best Practices, Trends in Identification

GS1 2D data-embedded barcodes are coming in 2019 – what Australian food & beverage suppliers need to know

Two-dimensional codes have been around for a while without attracting much attention outside of using a fixed QR-code for consumer engagement. Now, a recent announcement from Woolworths has put the spotlight on GS1 2D codes for retail point of sale (POS) to cut product recall food waste and improve traceability.   See how track-and-trace can help you become […]

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 […]