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  1. Your ultimate guide to coding and labelling acronymsThursday, 19 April 2018
    coding and labelling acronyms

    Ever found yourself confused with coding and labelling acronyms? Here, we decode the acronyms every manufacturer needs to know.   LABELLING TECHNOLOGIES LPA = Label Printer Applicator Label Printer Applicators (LPAs) print information onto pressure-sensitive labels, then automatically apply those labels onto cartons, pallets and products. You might also know them as “print and apply” […]

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    Matt Nichol

    Matt Nichol

    Key Account Manager at Matthews Australasia

    Matt is a laser marking expert and has in-depth knowledge of product ID technologies. He is a regular at international trade shows like Pack Expo and is constantly looking at emerging trends and technologies.

    The post Your ultimate guide to coding and labelling acronyms appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  2. Does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability?Monday, 9 April 2018
    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 […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 20+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
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    The post Does blockchain fit into the future of food traceability? appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  3. How blockchain can improve food traceabilitySaturday, 31 March 2018
    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 […]

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    Trent Munro

    Trent Munro

    Manager – Strategy & Business Development at Matthews Australasia

    Trent Munro is an accomplished business strategist, marketing innovator and speaker specialising in business development and optimisation. Over the past 15 years, he has worked across a range of blue-chip and medium enterprises including Goodyear Automotive, Clariant, Corona Manufacturing and Matthews Australasia.

    Trent holds a range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications in Commerce, Psychology, Project Management and Science.

    At Matthews Australasia, he has overseen market development locally and abroad, launching class leading traceability and automation technologies across manufacturing, healthcare and logistics.

    The post How blockchain can improve food traceability appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  4. 3 technologies to help SME manufacturers improve product qualityMonday, 19 March 2018
    improve product quality

    Quality is the biggest differentiator for small and medium-sized manufacturers. Get it right, and it could be what takes your business to the next level. Let your product quality slip, and you could lose your customers and your reputation. If you’re looking for ways to improve product quality, then automation could be the key. Automation […]

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    Matt Nichol

    Matt Nichol

    Key Account Manager at Matthews Australasia

    Matt is a laser marking expert and has in-depth knowledge of product ID technologies. He is a regular at international trade shows like Pack Expo and is constantly looking at emerging trends and technologies.

    The post 3 technologies to help SME manufacturers improve product quality appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  5. Lean manufacturing + Industry 4.0: the next level of operational excellence?Thursday, 8 March 2018
    Lean Industry 4.0

    Remember when Lean principles were the one and only way for manufacturers to do business? Fast forward a decade and Industry 4.0 is the new buzzword. But does this mean Lean management is down and out, or can the two be intertwined to create a whole new level of operational excellence? The Lean approach is […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 20+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

    The post Lean manufacturing + Industry 4.0: the next level of operational excellence? appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  6. Moving into the industry cloud — manufacturing’s ‘new phenomenon’Monday, 26 February 2018
    industry cloud

    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 […]

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    Trent Munro

    Trent Munro

    Manager – Strategy & Business Development at Matthews Australasia

    Trent Munro is an accomplished business strategist, marketing innovator and speaker specialising in business development and optimisation. Over the past 15 years, he has worked across a range of blue-chip and medium enterprises including Goodyear Automotive, Clariant, Corona Manufacturing and Matthews Australasia.

    Trent holds a range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications in Commerce, Psychology, Project Management and Science.

    At Matthews Australasia, he has overseen market development locally and abroad, launching class leading traceability and automation technologies across manufacturing, healthcare and logistics.

    The post Moving into the industry cloud — manufacturing’s ‘new phenomenon’ appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  7. National Food Waste Strategy: what it means for food labellingFriday, 16 February 2018
    National Food Waste Strategy

    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 […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 20+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

    The post National Food Waste Strategy: what it means for food labelling appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  8. The real issue of rising energy costs and what manufacturers can doThursday, 8 February 2018
    rising energy costs

    Rising energy costs are a massive problem for Australian food & beverage manufacturers. Are they fighting a losing battle? Or will emerging technologies give new hope in 2018? Food & beverage manufacturers are big users of electricity. According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the food-manufacturing industry pays a staggering $706 […]

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    Matt Nichol

    Matt Nichol

    Key Account Manager at Matthews Australasia

    Matt is a laser marking expert and has in-depth knowledge of product ID technologies. He is a regular at international trade shows like Pack Expo and is constantly looking at emerging trends and technologies.

    The post The real issue of rising energy costs and what manufacturers can do appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  9. Does your business have the right manufacturing workforce skills for the future?Wednesday, 31 January 2018
    right manufacturing workforce skills

    Automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, data, augmented reality, 3D printing … today’s manufacturing world looks a lot different to five or 10 years ago. But it’s not only the factory floor that’s changing; the shift towards Industry 4.0 demands a new set of skills in the workforce too. (You can find out the basics on Industry […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 20+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

    The post Does your business have the right manufacturing workforce skills for the future? appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  10. New Year’s resolutions every manufacturer should make for 2018Saturday, 20 January 2018
    New Year's resolutions every manufacturer should make

    There’s nothing like the New Year to make you review and evaluate your manufacturing business. So, how will you do things differently in 2018? We asked some industry experts what they believe to be the number-one New Year’s resolution every manufacturer should make. And while they had different ideas, there’s one thing upon which they […]

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    Andrew Key

    Andrew Key

    Product Manager, Inspection Technologies at Matthews Australasia

    Andrew Key has over 25 years’ experience with packaging machinery, inspection technologies and identification technologies. His career spans across organisations like Alfa Laval, TNA and others; helping manufacturers to effect process improvement using the latest technology from around the globe.

    In his current role as the Business Development Manager for Inspection technologies at Matthews Australasia, he is constantly looking at cutting edge technologies for our customers to improve quality control.

    Andrew grew up in the country and loves the outdoors. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, snow skiing, water skiing, bushwalking and camping.

    The post New Year’s resolutions every manufacturer should make for 2018 appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

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