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  1. Recall or withdrawal? What Australian manufacturers need to know + examplesSunday, 16 September 2018
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    Have you noticed how recall notifications have soared recently? From listeria outbreaks to undeclared allergens and even faulty condoms, it seems barely a week goes by without Aussie news headlines warning about another major recall. Fact: Recalls are a risk for every manufacturer. Chances are the risk of a recall or withdrawal weighs on your mind […]

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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.

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  2. Benefits of implementing OEESunday, 26 August 2018
    OEE utilisation

    Why is OEE such a popular manufacturing-operation metric? The reason is simple: OEE can deliver accurate and actionable information to manufacturers for significant productivity improvement. First, a reminder of some OEE basics: OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a best-practice metric for measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of a manufacturing process.Calculated asthe product of three factors […]

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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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  3. Food trend to watch: organicsMonday, 13 August 2018
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    Just when it seems like the Australian organics market can’t grow anymore, it skyrockets. The market has grown 88% since 2012 and is now estimated to be worth $2.4 billion, according to 2018 Australian Organic Market Report. So, what does this mean for Australian food & beverage manufacturers? Where are the growth areas? What can […]

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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 Food trend to watch: organics appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  4. The most common OEE mistakes and how to avoid themSaturday, 28 July 2018
    OEE monitoring mistakes

    Optimising your equipment’s efficiency is an essential element of continuous improvement for manufacturers. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a powerful way to achieve this. Get the implementation right, and OEE can be used to pinpoint problem areas on your line and, ultimately, help you make the necessary changes to improve production. However, there are some […]

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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

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  5. Empowering people is key to Industry 4.0 strategyTuesday, 10 July 2018
    Industry 4.0 strategy

    By guest author Roland Thomas, CEO of OFS* There is significant chatter about Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution. All the analysis bodies – such as Capgemini, Fujitsu, Gartner and PWC – appear to have been researching and reporting on what Industry 4.0 is and what prize awaits us if we join the revolution. […]

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    Guest Author

    Guest Author

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  6. What is sustainable manufacturing? Examples from Australian companiesWednesday, 27 June 2018
    sustainable manufacturing

    Are you using plastic-free packaging? What happens to packaging once it’s in consumers’ hands? How can you help reduce food waste? As sustainable manufacturing gains momentum, these are just some of the questions facing manufacturers. What is sustainable manufacturing? There is no single common definition of sustainable manufacturing, but the OECD sums it up as […]

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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 What is sustainable manufacturing? Examples from Australian companies appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  7. How to calculate OEEThursday, 14 June 2018
    how to calculate OEE

    Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a powerful metric. Considered the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity, the OEE key performance indicator (KPI) brings together data on availability, performance and quality to tell you the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive. How to calculate OEE OEE is measured as the product of three factors […]

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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 How to calculate OEE appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  8. Circular economy + Australian manufacturing: what you need to knowWednesday, 6 June 2018
    circular economy

    The waste industry has called for $150 million “circular economy and action plan” to fix recycling uncertainty. So, what is a circular economy and why is it important for Australian manufacturers? Here’s what you need to know. If you haven’t heard by now, there are big changes afoot in the world of waste. China imposed […]

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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 Circular economy + Australian manufacturing: what you need to know appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  9. An introduction to OEEThursday, 24 May 2018
    introduction to OEE

    They say that if you can measure it, then you can improve it. In manufacturing today, measurement is critical to success. You need to have a strategy in place to measure and improve your performance (and your bottom line). OEE should be a part of that plan. So, what does OEE stand for? What 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 An introduction to OEE appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  10. 5 keys to unlock the value of global supply chains for Aussie manufacturersFriday, 18 May 2018
    global supply chain

    Specialisation makes a market small. Globalisation makes it big. Imagine the possibilities if you combine the two. That’s what’s on offer for manufacturers who find a niche in the global supply chain. We live in a global marketplace – as the arrival of Amazon has confirmed. And it’s quickly becoming apparent that the Australian market […]

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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 5 keys to unlock the value of global supply chains for Aussie manufacturers appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

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