Manufacturing Today

Foodmach was recruited five weeks ago to build three surgical mask machines for Med-Con, Australia's only current manufacturer of the critical PPE. PKN brings you an update on progress.

When it comes to ‘futureproofing’ our local economy to bridge the gap between Australia and China, adoption of automation and intelligent manufacturing technology will change Australia’s economic trajectory.

Food and beverage manufacturing is the leading industry in this year’s Australia's Top 100 Manufacturers, with 35 companies making the list. Fonterra Co-op Group made the top 10, ranked #2, JBS Australia was next at #13.

Industry 4.0, talent development, cyber security, and the environment challenge are the top issues facing the manufacturing sector in 2020. Tim Keech, sales and marketing director for APPMA member SMC Corporation, shares his insight.

As Australia’s craft beer industry goes from strength to strength, craft brewers are finding new ways to increase production rates with help from integration specialists. Experience with high speed beverage lines is a strategic advantage, writes Foodmach’s CEO Earle Roberts.

APPMA member Foodmach’s Echuca factory has yielded one gigawatt of energy since fitting its Norlec Solar system in 2013, saving over 700 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

A study from Forrester Research found that while 74 per cent of firms say they want to be data-driven, only 29 per cent say they are good at connecting analytics to action. Here Darcy Simonis, industry network leader for ABB’s food and beverage segment, explains how to avoid being overwhelmed by big data.

What started as a company trading fine hair for brushes eight decades ago, has evolved into a reputable Australian manufacturer of caps and closure systems. Lindy Hughson visited Cormack Packaging’s Condell Park, NSW facility in the latest issue of PKN.

iQ Safety has launched a new website to assist its spill-solutions customers, and has aligned its branding with its parent company Matthews Australasia.

Today, 19 September, is National Family Business Day, which celebrates 70 per cent of all Australian businesses – many of which are in the food and packaging industries. Bundaberg Drinks and Matthews Australasia are among those honoured in the FBA awards.

OEMs can benefit from a process called “virtual commissioning” to spot errors before equipment is produced, according to technology giant Siemens.

The Australian Made Campaign has launched a new short-form video series to promote the benefits of local manufacturing.

Robotics and AI are being pushed as part of a new $2m funding scheme to drive innovation in energy resources.

When the negative messaging around packaging becomes too heavy, taking a lighthearted look at the positive things that packaging has brought to bear can provide welcome relief.

Digitising manufacturing processes can deliver significant financial savings of up to 80 per cent in capital expenditure and 85 per cent in operational expenditure.

Heat and Control has brought in Rhoardi Borbajo as its new sales executive for NSW.