Chocolatier Australia automated manual traceability process with insignia

In 1985, David Grisold opened a small chocolate-making operation in an old suburban post office in Melbourne, Australia. He had a humble wish and a bold vision – to manufacture premium chocolates using the world’s finest ingredients.

Almost 35 years later and the business has grown exponentially, relocating twice to increasingly larger facilities – now based in Heidelberg West, in a state-of-the-art manufacturing and warehousing facility. Throughout this impressive growth, Chocolatier Australia has remained true to its commitment to quality, a down-to-earth family culture and a love for what they do – making the best Australian-made chocolates.

Faced with rapid business growth in a highly competitive market, Chocolatier Australia realised that productivity and traceability improvements to their production line were essential for the continued success of their family-owned company. These improvements started with their date and batch coding process.

Previously, employees would use date and batch sticker guns to manually put codes onto hundreds of products, which was both inefficient and time consuming. The date and batch code stickers also presented a potential counterfeiting risk and lack of traceability given they had the potential to fall off or be removed.

Chocolatier Australia recognised they could improve efficiency and counteract these risks by automating this process. It would also give their products a more professional appearance and support further business growth.

The solution
Chocolatier Australia had considered solutions from different suppliers but decided to pursue the opportunity with insignia after seeing a demonstration of our technology at AUSPACK, a major trade show in the Australian manufacturing industry.

The solution presented comprised of two Domino A120 continuous inkjet coders for coding the best before date and batch codes onto their chocolate boxes. These coders are compact and easy to integrate into existing production environments, provide consistent and high-quality print, plus they are ideally suited for coding onto primary packaging and uneven surfaces.

An industry leader in continuous inkjet technology, Domino’s range of coders offer greater efficiency in consumable usage, and also feature an automatic cleaning process to completely flush out the machine of residual ink when the machine is switched off, improving usability for the next shift and preventing costly ink build up in the machine.

Chocolatier Australia later purchased four Domino G20i thermal inkjet carton coders to code the best before date and batch information onto their outer cartons, as well as integrating the solution into their bagging line. The G20i thermal inkjet carton coder is designed to be self-installed by the user, with no technical skills or tools required for installation.

Most recently, insignia has provided Chocolatier Australia with a new generation of continuous inkjet coder (the Domino Ax150i, which has upgraded technology when compared to the A120) to code onto their chocolate boxes. As they add more production lines, Chocolatier Australia will look to acquire more equipment from insignia.

“insignia’s equipment easily integrated into our production line and was simple to install. insignia provided us with excellent training to operate the equipment after installation and the team were extremely helpful through the sales and post-sales process.” – Factory Manager, Chocolatier Australia

In adopting insignia’s solution, Chocolatier Australia immediately saw an improvement in productivity and were able to generate a much higher output. Their product presented a more professional appearance, and they were safe in the knowledge that the traceability code on their products couldn’t be removed.

Long term, Chocolatier Australia will see cost savings due to a more efficient process that enables them to move greater numbers of product out the door – giving them room to grow their business.

Click here to learn more about insignia’s traceability solutions

Highlights from AUSPACK 2019

AUSPACK 2019 is off to a vibrant start. Highlights included far-reaching discussions about sustainability in the sold-out conference, to the latest technologies in Industry 4.0 displayed across the largest AUSPACK floor space ever.

The first of more than 7,000 expected visitors and 300 delegates came through the doors of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, on day one. They partook in the two events kicking off Packaging and Processing Week: the AUSPACK exhibition, now in its 34th year, and the inaugural AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference.

Dr Michael Okoroafor, vice-president for global sustainability and packaging innovation at McCormick, laid out what he saw as key insights driving the future of packaging for the FMCG industry in his keynote address at AUSPACK 2019.

The circular economy is one area of focus for McCormick, said Okoroafor, who told guests at the packed keynote session that it is creating a new age for packaging.

“The era of make-use-dispose is over. We’re in the era of make-use-reuse,” he said.

Packaging also needs to shift its focus if it is to be successful in e-commerce, he said, arguing that the current approach taken by packagers is wrong for online sales.

“There is no packaging designed for e-commerce – we take the packaging for brick-and-mortar, insulate it as if it’s a nuclear weapon in a corrugated box, and call it e-commerce.

“The time of first moment of truth is over. You have to design for zero moment of truth – if it doesn’t show well in the digital world it’s over. If it shows well, they can buy it right there or go to the store for it,” he said.

With the conference’s theme of ‘Smart. Connected. Sustainable.’, this morning’s sessions revolved around sustainability.

There are plenty of opportunities for packagers trying to meet the Australian Government’s 2025 National Packaging Waste Target, according to an expert panel at AUSPACK 2019.

Craig Reucassel of The Chaser and War on Waste guided a discussion with Steve Lapidge, CEO of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative; Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO); Paul Klymenko, CEO Planet Ark; and Caitlyn Richards, responsible sourcing manager for sustainable products and packaging at Coles, on how and why packagers should embrace sustainability.

According to Donnelly, consumer pressure on businesses, coupled with external pressure from the global supply chain, has created a “perfect storm” of conditions that have generated momentum for sustainable packaging.

“The conversation is live and active and has great momentum. The issue is corralling everyone with the best of intentions to have a structured and considered approach – you need to plan for how you’ll transition, to avoid perverse outcomes.

“Our conversation is no longer about should we do it – it’s about how we do it,” she said.

Richards noted that companies such as Coles need to look closely at their packaging to determine what’s necessary and what isn’t, and that solutions such as Planet Ark’s PREP tool and the Australian Recycling Label can help make this easier.

“We need to make sure all our packaging serves a purpose,” she said.

According to Klymenko, recycled material can be used for different purposes than it was originally – glass bottles, for example, can be used to make silicon chips, and other materials such as plastics can be mixed with asphalt for roads.

“It’s not always like for like,” he said.

Lapidge drew attention to best-before and use-by dates on packaging, saying they needed to be more conservatively applied.

“We need some regulation in this area – often it is just a marketing tool to get more stock rotation. It results in a lot of perfectly good food being thrown out,” he said.

Lastly, Reucassel himself noted that more investment is needed in waste management here in Australia, particularly in the wake of China’s foreign waste ban.

“I kind of expected the China crisis in recycling to lead to more investment in recycling in Australia, and I’m surprised how little there’s been,” he said.

Out on the AUSPACK show floor, Industry 4.0 user group Open IIoT (stand B237) drew lots of interest. The group combines some of Australia’s most prominent automation brands – SMC Corporation, Beckhoff Automation, ZI-Argus, NORD Drivesystems and Balluff – and demonstrated different technologies working together, giving visitors a solid idea of the benefits and values arising from adopting IIoT technologies.

Another key event today was long-standing APPMA member Matthews Intelligent Identification (stand D140) revealing new branding during an eye-catching announcement. Matthews’ new logo distinctly refreshes its well-known, 19-year-old chameleon, “adapting the adapter” to highlight that technology is an integral part of its business, demonstrate how they seamlessly integrate with suppliers and brand partners, and interact with customers.

Anne-Marie Mina, marketing director of show organiser Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF), said, “Day one of AUSPACK has been a fantastic success. Of course, later today from 5-7pm, I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the networking drinks on the exhibition floor, which offers the perfect opportunity to continue conversations with colleagues and peers.

“Tomorrow we are looking forward to day two of four of AUSPACK and the final day of the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference, which will zero in on economics, factories of the future, blockchain and workplace diversity. Don’t forget to check out the free 30-minute workshops in the Insights by insignia area, which will be running again for the next three days.

“Then tomorrow night, the Gala Awards Ceremony for the APPMA Awards of Excellence will be held to announce the winners and APPMA Annual Scholarship recipient. It will be very exciting for the finalists and fantastic for the industry as a whole.”

Global product manager for SIAT Italy heads to Australia for AUSPACK

Carol Pignatelli, global product manager, stretch wrapping machines and tools, SIAT, Italy will be heading to Australia for the first time in March to assist exclusive agent CPS launch the new SIAT ProWrap at AUSPACK 2019.

According to Rosa Stroszynski, Managing Director of CPS, “having Carol Pignatelli on the CPS stand at AUSPACK is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Australia and New Zealand manufactures to be introduced to the new SIAT ProWrap by the leading global expert in stretch wrapping solutions.

“No one better understands the new SIAT ProWrap stretch wrapping solution like Carol and having her here with us in March will enable visitors to the stand to ask all the detailed questions they may have about features, benefits, return-on-investment and even about the inner-workings of the system.” Strosynski said.

Carol Pigantelli added that she is excited about coming to Australia for the first time and welcomes the opportunity to show visitors the SIAT ProWrap.

“As I personally worked on the design and development of the SIAT ProWrap I have the ability to be able to speak to all of its unique and innovative features. The SIAT ProWrap is a PLC programmable stretch wrapping solution with fully-automatic wrapping cycle,  Industry 4.0 capabilities, fast pallet processing, the unique capabilities to optimise and track accurate film consumption and increased stability of wrapped loads,” Pigantelli said.

“The SIAT ProWrap has the ability to track film consumption and increase film cost-savings. The ProWrap offers a variable pre-stretch up to 400%, increase the stability of the wrapped load, the option of having different amounts of film in different areas of the pallet, higher savings in films and the assurance of protecting the load during transportation and avoid wasting film. The Industry 4.0 concept of the new ProWrap makes it extremely easy to find the best transit packaging solution suitable for each kind of product and to add value to your business.”

Pignatelli added that the ProWrap is a safety-driven solution for businesses.

“With production space optimisation an important issue in all manufacturing plants the exclusive new detection area scanner of SIAT ProWrap has been designed to guarantee higher safety standards and the smallest machine footprint. Thanks to its 3 alarm zones and leading-edge software, the machine calculates a correct safety distance and stops immediately in case of the nearest point of operation hazard.”

“I welcome the opportunity to explain the journey that SIAT went on to design this innovative solution for the global market and I will happily let visitors experiment with the machine, work with it and have the ability to see the safety features and design details first-hand,” Pignatelli said.

Carol Pignatelli will be available for appointments to see the new SIAT ProWrap on the CPS stand during AUSPACK. CPS are the exclusive agent for SIAT carton sealers and wrappers in Australia and New Zealand.

New stretch-wrapping arrives in Australia

If you are looking for a PLC programmable stretch wrapping solution with fully-automatic wrapping cycle, Industry 4.0 capabilities, fast pallet processing, the unique capabilities to optimise and track accurate film consumption and increased stability of wrapped loads then look no further than the new SIAT ProWrap. Only the SIAT ProWrap can offer all of these features in one machine.

Soon to arrive in Australia the new SIAT ProWrap will be officially launched and available to see on exclusive agent CPS’ stand in March at AUSPACK 2019.

The SIAT ProWrap is the new versatile and scalable turntable semi-automatic wrapping machine for intensive and demanding stretch film applications, capable of optimising film consumption and the ability to guarantee full control of all wrapping parameters throughout the cycle.

With the inclusion of Industry 4.0 technology the SIAT ProWrap ensures customer optimisation of the transit packaging solution for their specific industry while saving resources and time, the ability to remotely supervise machine productivity (up to 30 plts/hour), working time and most importantly film consumption. Thanks to the advanced setting options, which consist of 12 programs and 5 operating modes, you will be able to optimise your packaging process while increasing the stability of the wrapped load.

The SIAT ProWrap has the ability to offer a variable pre-stretch up to 400 per cent (with double motor), increase the stability of the wrapped load, the option of having different amounts of film in different areas of the pallet, higher savings in films and the assurance of protecting the load during transportation and avoid wasting film.

The Industry 4.0 capabilities of the ProWrap makes it extremely easy to find the best transit packaging solution suitable for each kind of product and to add value to your business.

The new ProWrap intuitive control panel will surprise you with its seven-inch colour touch screen with latest generation technology and high-performance features. You won’t have any problems customising the machine parameters and set ‘load zones’ with different levels of holding forces, resulting in benefits in productivity: saving film, faster cycle time and optimal protection of the load.

With production space optimisation an important issue in all manufacturing plants the new detection area scanner of SIAT ProWrap has been designed to guarantee higher safety standards and the smallest machine footprint. Thanks to its 3 alarm zones and leading-edge software, the machine calculates a correct safety distance and stops immediately in case of the nearest point of operation hazard.

The modern and user-friendly design of the SIAT ProWrap is durable, resistant to heavy-duty environments (-20c) and provides high-level performance with limited maintenance requirements.

 

Robotic automation solutions for compact spaces

Robotic automation is helping factories big and small grow in sectors such as food and packaging as demand for quality and affordable products increases. Fibre King, an automation industry specialist, is leading the technology charge by designing their own robotic arm.

The company creates turnkey solutions to meet its clients’ packaging requirements, budgets, available space and time frames with the help of the latest technology, which includes the company’s newly developed robotic arm. The three-axis articulating robotic arm suits multiple applications around product collation, sorting and loading.

Fibre King CEO, James Windsor, said it gives the user the ability to pack and load items that are difficult to work with, such as soft packaging. “We developed the three-axis robotic arm to fill a gap we had seen in the market. It works into our existing product range and it gives more flexibility in how products are handled.

“In the past we would use multiple machines. Now we can do it all in one.” The robotic arm picks up delicate items, but it also has the muscle to carry heavy products. “We wanted more payload to move heavier items. We are able to carry up to 15-20 per cent more weight. We are always looking at ways to improve productivity within tight spaces and robots provide the flexibility needed to multi task within a small footprint,” said Windsor.

By having Fibre King’s research and development team creating products such as the robotic arm, the company is able to rely less on suppliers and therefore ensures that it products remain available for clients well into the future, said Windsor. “We found over time, that designs have to change because a particular supplier doesn’t make a component anymore. Now we have more control.

“Our relationships with other industry leading OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] enables Fibre King to provide complete turnkey production lines for our customers. Our relationships are not binding, which means we can provide a tailored solution to our clients built from the best equipment available for their needs, or from their preferred brands,” he said.

Experience in improving facilities
Fibre King’s core business is focused on providing end-of-line packaging equipment and servicing solutions that exceed production expectations. The company’s solutions provide reduced direct labour costs, improved productivity, increased product quality and capacity, and reduced risk of injury.

With more than 90 years’ experience, the company’s value on service remains a strong focus. “From a market perspective we are known in the industry for packaging automation solutions, but our value to the market is broader than that. It starts earlier than a case packer,” said Windsor.

The company offers site audits and helps customers plan for the best equipment they can install to utilise the space they have and the products they’re manufacturing. “It’s all about giving the customer that overview and a recommendation. At the end of the day they have a plan for the next three-to-five years that they can implement.”

Supplying a thorough solution
Fibre King put a plan into action for Nestlé in Smithtown, NSW, as the global food manufacturer wanted a fully automated end of line packaging solution that would integrate into the existing production line. The company designed, manufactured, installed and integrated the packaging solution into the facility.

Fibre King has worked with Nestlé and its associated entities for more than 20 years, providing end of line packaging solutions for a number of its facilities around the globe.
For this project, Fibre King delivered dual palletising robots and conveying system. The products exit the case packer – in a tray and hood – at low level and are conveyed on a spiral elevator up to a high-level case conveyor. A custom inline flipper inverts the product, so the hood is on the top. After the flipper, the products are conveyed to the pick-off conveyor of the robot palletising cell and oriented as required.

The ABB IRB460 robots will pick up the products using a vacuum gripper in groups of one-to-seven products at a time, depending on the pattern required. The gripper head has 32 cups – split into 20 segments and connected to a vacuum pump – that are controlled to operate on and off, depending on the product formation. The products are picked and placed on to the pallet in the correct pattern formation. A pallet conveying system also allows stacks of 10 pallets to be loaded into the pallet dispenser.

Available from start to finish
Fibre King’s equipment and services can also help customers beyond the sale and set-up. The company is there to offer support throughout the manufacturer’s journey. Windsor explains that Fibre King staff can support customers remotely and on-site if issues occur.

“If the customer is happy to give us access to an internet connection, we can have the machine remotely monitored.” Typically, in the past, staff would go to the customer’s site to check any discrepancies, but now a lot of that can be done remotely, he said. Staff also help with troubleshooting. For example, Fibre King can advise a customer if a fault is small enough to be fixed in-house rather than waiting for a technician.

“If the machine is slowing down through wear and tear, or it’s starting to use more power because the machine is working harder, providing feedback to the user gives them the opportunity to fix it and save money and time in the long run. If you start seeing these issues you are not too far away from a failure. We offer services to all of our customers to fix that,” said Windsor.

Taking centre stage
In order to show new and existing customers what Fibre King has to offer, the company is exhibiting at AUSPACK in March, continuing its 20-year participation in the event. “It is another way to show support for the industry and it enables us to educate potential buyers and develop alliances and integrated solutions that will shape the future of packaging.

“Our team is passionate about helping our clients achieve the best solution for their production lines, so we will be providing the opportunity to speak with our team about our facility design services and automation audits.

“Our stand will incorporate a robotic palletising and depalletising display. We may also have a few extra surprises, which we will keep to ourselves for the time being,” he said.

Sustainability experts to reveal industry-transforming innovations at AUSPACK

With the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target presenting one of the largest challenges today, the packaging and processing industry is poised to be a leader in sustainability.

Sustainability will be a key focus on day one of the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference, which is presenting the two-day inaugural conference as part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019.

Dr Michael Okoroafor, Vice President of Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation at McCormick (USA), will give the conference’s opening keynote presentation – an industry outlook on key insights driving the future of packaging for FMCG.

Dr Okoroafor, who was inducted into the Packaging and Processing Hall of Fame at last year’s PACK EXPO International, is an innovation leader with more than 40 patents to his name. He’ll share his insights on using transformational packaging innovation and a re-aligned supply chain to drive FMCG industry growth. He’ll look at how sustainability needs will push the circular economy and shape innovations in the future for FMCG companies, giving some examples of successful innovations that are transforming not only the industry, but society as a whole.

Okoroafor will be followed by a panel of CEOs from leading Australian sustainability organisations talking about what’s good for the planet being good for business, and working through the opportunities surfacing from the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target.

The panel’s facilitator is Craig Reucassel, who many will know as the writer and presenter of ABC’s “War on Waste”, while his fellow panellists include Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO); Steve Lapidge, CEO of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre; and Paul Klymenko, CEO of Planet Ark.

It’s been said that the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target is giving industry one of the biggest challenges we’ve seen in modern times. However, it’s important to recognise that in every challenge there really is an opportunity, so this expert panel session will focus on the potential now in front of the packaging and processing industry to be a leader in sustainability. They’ll look at the role packaging has in minimising food waste, innovations as we both move away from single-use packaging and reduce food waste, plus the potential of the circular food economy. The implications for industry and for consumers of the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target will be an interesting discussion point for many too.

Collaborating with others gives businesses an economy of scale and broadens their available skill sets to find solutions that they most likely just would not find by working on their own.

The panel will talk about this, but because there are so many benefits around industry collaboration in achieving sustainability, it will be the sole focus of the keynote presentation following the panel discussion. This keynote after morning tea, kicks off stream one in the conference, processing and packaging. It will concentrate on the value of industry collaboration in finding sustainable solutions, looking at how industry can work together to initially create sustainable solutions, then overarchingly to create a sustainable industry.

Sustainability was so important to the packaging and processing industry, sustainability and innovation will be part of the discussion in the first session in stream two, business growth, a panel discussion about how e-commerce is shaking up the supply chain.

 

Sell-out exhibitor hall a good sign for AUSPACK

AUSPACK, a biannual event that brings manufacturers from across the globe together, sold out its exhibitor hall four months before the doors are due to open on March 26. The four-day event, which runs during Packaging and Processing Week, is one that companies in the food, beverage and packaging industry won’t miss.

AUSPACK provides visitors and exhibitors with a face-to-face environment to experience the latest in fast and flexible machinery, track and trace, smart packaging, digital printing, Industry 4.0 and robots. The expo covers accessibility and convenience, e-commerce, safe food and sustainable solutions.

There will also be a conference that will concentrate on packaging and processing and business growth. More than 25 speakers and panellists will present new data and ideas at the event. Speakers will include Andrew Manly from the Dutch-based Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association; John Broadbent, adjunct professor of engineering at UTS in Sydney; and John Baird, whose roles among other things include being chairman of the Cyber Security Advisory Council of NSW.

Exhibitions and Trade Fairs marketing manager, Anne-Marie Mina, said the 34th AUSPACK event will be packed with exhibitors and additional programs that complement Australia’s leading processing and packaging trade event. “There will be 350 stalls and 1,200 brands. The experience for visitors has been designed with the industry’s mega trends in mind,” she said.

The trends include global automation, Industry 4.0 and sustainable packaging. “All of these different exhibitors have products and services that align with these global trends.”
One of the themes being promoted at AUSPACK is smart connectivity and sustainability. “Smart covers Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 and connected equipment. We are providing visitors the chance to hear first-hand and learn about new trends from international and domestic exhibitors,” said Mina.

Safety and inspection
One of the companies promoting smart manufacturing and sustainability is Heat and Control. The company provides food manufacturers with equipment that will help them minimise waste and save money.

Heat and Control business manager for packaging and inspection systems, Robert Marguccio, said that while companies often inspect products at the end of line, inspection during the manufacturing process also helps companies to save. This is where Heat and Control’s inspection systems come in handy, he said. “Generally, everybody wants to carry out inspection when it’s in the bag, from a due diligence perspective, because that’s when theoretically nothing can contaminate the product. However, that’s not always the best place to do it.”

For sectors including fruit and vegetables, particularly for products such as packaged salad leaves, it is important to inspect them for bugs, sticks and dirt early in the process, said Marguccio. “A good inspection system can also look at the quality of the product.” Be it wilted leaves, green potatoes or burnt fries, the system removes unwanted items before the products are cut, cooked or bagged. “This all relates to not putting money into products that will eventually need to be removed for customer satisfaction, safety and regulations. Certain inspection systems can also detect items such as bones in meat, relative to cut thickness,” he said. Heat and Control has provided services to a major fast-food chain to allow them to detect fish bones before the final product is made, said Marguccio.

“We have inline metal detection for potato chips and French fries before they are bagged. We have also supplied up stream detection on these lines to remove discoloured product and/or not-to-size products. We can inspect on a large range of products, including metal detection in flour or frozen meats for example.

“The earlier you can remove unwanted product or contaminants in a line, the greater your productive efficiency. The other side to this equation is that by minimising the amount of unacceptable product and/or contaminants, one improves the probability of taking out nearly all your unwanted issues. The higher the amount of unwanted product, the higher the risk of missing the removal of an issue. It all comes down to pure statics and probability theory,” said Marguccio.

“Early removal of any contaminants and unwanted product means that you are not wasting energy or resources in adding value to a product that needs to be removed. The overall effect of complete and progressive inspection at appropriate points of your production line, as well as at the end of line, ensures a higher quality product and customer satisfaction, while at the same time achieving a higher productive, efficient and profitable way of manufacturing,” he said.

Heat and Control, which has participated in AUSPACK in the past, will showcase its complete processing, packaging and inspection systems at the 2019 event.
One company that is new to the AUSPACK scene is Nord Drivesystems – a specialist in manufacturing helical geared motors.

Nord Drivesystems managing director, Martin Broglia, said the company’s product range has been well received by the Australian market over the 10 years it has been here. “We have worked alongside some of the biggest end-users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the country and AUSPACK is another great opportunity for us to showcase our latest drive technologies.”

Putting the latest technology to use
With robotic automation and factory of the future highlighted as key topics at AUSPACK, Broglia said Nord Drivesystems has solutions that fit into these categories. “As a German-born company, Nord Drivesystems is no stranger to the world of Industry 4.0. Its intelligent drive units have created quite the stir – both locally and abroad. Today, there is a call from more and more customers for IoT technologies to keep them informed, remain flexible and provide efficiencies.

“More than ever it’s about increased outputs, reduced inputs, more accuracy, more profits and more communication. Most recently, Nord Drivesystems joined the likes of SMC Pneumatics, Balluff and Beckhoff to form Open IIoT, a forum dedicated to addressing the complexities of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies, and breaking down the jargon,” said Broglia.

Nord Drivesystems will be focusing on three products at AUSPACK that use the latest technology to give people efficient and cost-effective products – the Super Premium Efficiency synchronous IE4 motor, the Sealed Surface Conversion System and the Variable Speed Drive.

The company makes the equipment with longevity in mind by using materials that are rustproof and won’t deteriorate. The Sealed Surface Conversion System for example, is made of aluminium, which is coated with a special process that makes it up to seven times harder than a basic aluminium and up to 1000 times harder than paints and lacquers, the company indicates. “Instead of using a stainless-steel option, we can provide an option that is much lighter and cheaper,” said Broglia. “There’s not going to be paint flaking or any paint chipping away. The material won’t deteriorate.”

Efficiency and cost savings can also be made with the Super Premium Efficiency synchronous IE4 motor. “This technology is different to the normal motors that are out there. Customers can save up to 50 per cent energy by using it.” The motors operate more efficiently than induction motors, specifically in the partial load range, said Broglia. The motors feature a high power density and a long product life and can help keep a factory clean. The efficient smooth-surface motors are suitable for use in dry areas, as well as in applications requiring frequent cleaning. As they generate very little excess heat, they don’t need fans, and therefore do not contribute to the spreading of germs.

While these products will be on display at AUSPACK, Broglia said, Nord offers plenty more to help new and existing customers meet cost efficiency and hygiene needs. The products are made in Germany, but the Australian counterpart is not dependant on waiting for products from overseas, he said. “At the moment we hold a fair amount of stock in Australia, so we can deliver this pretty quickly. We also assemble it locally. We can build any type of combination at a fast rate.”

Nord Drivesystems is not the only company that has more to offer. AUSPACK will also feature new and re-established events during the 2019 packaging and processing week. Adding to the action-packed week is the launch of the AUSPACK business and industry conference. It will focus on industry key challenges and opportunities around sustainability, innovations in technology and design, and systems thinking.

More in store
The business and industry conference is all about exploring new ideas and business potential through case studies, interactive Q&A sessions and keynote plenary sessions – of which there will be seven – along with 18 breakouts across 2 streams, which are packaging and processing, and business growth.

Mina said four key note speakers had been announced and more would be announced in the lead up to AUSPACK. Among the speakers are McCormick US vice-president for global sustainability and packaging Michael Okoroafor, economist Stephen Koukoulas and Diversity Partners CEO Katie Spearritt. The conference MC is Absurd Entertainment and Game of Inches founder, Nigel Collin.

The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence have also been reinstated. “The overarching theme for the awards is sustainability, and materials used on the night are recycled and repurposed,” said Mina. The awards recognise industry innovation and outstanding performers in the packaging and processing sectors.

The award categories include Best New Product, Customer Collaboration Award, Design Innovation Award, Export Success Award and Imported Equipment Award.

Keeping in theme with the week, the awards evening will use sustainable materials such as recycled copper – for the table centrepiece decorations – and low-energy LED lighting. The menu is designed in partnership with Yume – a wholesale market place for surplus food. “It will be designed using surplus stock from local manufacturers in an attempt to reduce food wastage. This year we are really focusing on pushing those exhibition and industry trends,” said Mina.

The exhibition is free to attend, and registrations are open. “We encourage the industry to take part in this opportunity to get the latest industry insight,” said Mina.

NextGen Breakfast Forum unlocks keys to future Gen Z workforce

In just six years, Generation Z will comprise more than a quarter of the Australian workforce.

Born between 1995-2009, making them between the ages of 8 and 22 now, Gen Z are not “mini Millennials”, and have some quite different characteristics to their older counterparts.

How to attract and retain this next generation in the workforce will be at the core of the NextGen Breakfast Forum on Friday 29 March. Speakers at the NextGen Breakfast Forum are business-leadership experts drawn from different industries. All are from organisations leading the way on best practice around utilising the next generation in the workplace.

Part of the forum is a discussion panel, so with the speaker diversity and expertise, this session will bring some great insight into what makes Gen Z ‘tick’. The panel will bring deep awareness about this next generation’s employment expectations, motivations and goals, counteracting the comments we often hear in the media that the younger generations are more interested in smashed-avocado toast than in developing a solid job and career.”

Confirmed speakers for NextGen Breakfast Forum include:

  • Host David Willey, who has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands and is the founder of Growth Tank, an organisation that specialises in understanding Gen Z and Millennials.
  • Peter Hammer, MD of Marketing Scientist Group, who works with some of Asia Pacific’s largest media and marketing businesses, helping them make evidence-based decisions to drive growth. He conducts regular research on younger generations around advertising, media consumption, lifestyle insights and spending habits.
  • Nick Randall, chief revenue officer of TRIBE, a self-serve app that connects micro-influencers with leading brands, creating powerful one-to-one campaigns. Nick is an experienced business leader with more than 20 years in senior marketing and media roles, including podcast start-up Whooshkaa, Macquarie Media, Fairfax Radio Network and Southern Cross Austereo.
  • Chau Tran, digital manager of Step Change, a strategic marketing agency deliver step changes in buinsess and people. Chau specialises in automation, developing multichannel journeys and optimising the client experience. With a wealth of experience in leading global work streams, Chau has worked with a range of clients across industries of varying sizes.Prior to joining Step Change, Chau worked for Deloitte working major clients across Australia and also the United Kingdom.
  • Julie Duncan, talent acquisition leader for PwC Australia specialises in strategic workforce planning, talent acquisition strategy, innovative sourcing, early ID programs and employer branding. Julie has re engineered the recruiting and global mobility functions for PwC and designed a contingent workforce solution in response to changing workforce needs.

The NextGen Breakfast Forum will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Friday 29 March alongside AUSPACK and as part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019

Nord Drivesystems’ products on show at AUSPACK 2019

Among the exhibitors at AUSPACK 2019 is drive technology specialist Nord Drivesystems. Servicing the market for more than half a century, Nord is a supplier to the manufacturing industry and will be promoting some its latest ground-breaking technologies.

The proof is in the pudding and Nord has seen success at prominent manufacturers around the country thanks to its comprehensive, trusted range. According to Martin Broglia, managing director for Nord Drivesystems, Nord prides itself on customising its comprehensive, quality range to match exact customer requirements. “We strive for 100 per cent customer focus and satisfaction. Our product offering is backed by superior expertise and as a global brand, we have access to the latest technologies and trends occurring across the globe.”

What’s on show?

The show-stopping NSD tupH geared motor
Nord will be showcasing its industry heroes at AUSPACK 2019 and will once again use this as a platform to help solve the automation problems for both potential and current customers. “No stranger to the industry is the NSD tupH range of products which has been making a name for itself since its launch,” said Martin.

“The NSD Tuphs anti corrosive poperties prevents flaking and chipping making it the optimum product for caustic washdowns as well as boasting a long service life in such harsh environments. This drive is  available in a smooth non pourous finish.”

Drive technology for Industry 4.0
Flexible and intelligent: The NORDAC Lins series was specially developed for applications in modern, networked intralogistics systems and provides a convenient drive solution for flexible, decentralised installation.

“The efficient field distributors can be configured for the specific application and ensures efficient and safe commissioningThe integrated PLC is capable of executing complete process controls as well as regulating processes autonomously” Martin explains.

The Premium Efficiency IE4 Range to Optimise Costs
Nord will also be showcasing its IE4 range of synchronous motors to help optimise energy costs and increase efficiencies in drive systems. When looking at the “life cycle costs” of drive solutions, it is important to take a holistic stance on this. Here we factor in every aspect startingfrom the point of purchase, commissioning, use and maintenance through to disposal.

To optimise the TCO, Nord supplies efficient drive solutions which considerably reduce operating costs. “Here, the focus is on an integrated approach. This principle revolves around the reduction of product variants with the aid of Nord’s modular design systems, reduction of energy consumption applying efficient IE4 synchronous motors that are robustly designed to provide long service life and low maintenance,” Martin explained.

SK series of two-stage helical bevel gear units
In addition, NORD recently launched a high performance, washdown-optimised aluminium drive for hygienic applications and this will also be on show at AUSPACK. Martin said that this successful series now offers smaller gear units for torques up to 50 Nm as an efficient alternative to worm gear units. “The new SK 9×0072.1 series has a power range from 0.12 to 1.1 kW and covers speed ratios from 3.03 to 47.67 : 1,” he said.

“The two-stage helical bevel gear units are characterised by high efficiencies, compact design, top reliability and long working life. The high-strength aluminium housing guarantees high rigidity and maximum durability with the added bonus of being light weight.”

Profisafe compatible dencentralised inverter
“Flexible to install, easy to service, Nord’s flexible inverters can be tailored to any customer application by means of scalable functions. Installing and servicing the Nordac Flex inverter range can be carried out quickly and reliably because of its extensive plug-in capability and easy parameter transfer via EEPROM memory,” Martin concluded.

Communication models include: PROFIBUS DP, EtherCAT, POWERLINK, InterBus, DeviceNet, CANopen, PROFINET IO.

SMC to showcase energy saving products at AUSPACK 2019

SMC Corporation will  use AUSPACK as a platform to solidify its promise of cost-effective customer centric solutions to the market.

Energy saving has long been a focus for SMC whose Japanese roots has ensured lean manufacturing and Kaizen philosophy at the core of its business. Through its Energy Saving Customer Journey, SMC has helped customers around the country to realise tangible savings which benefit your bottom line.

Tony Randall, Head of OEM & key accounts for SMC Corporation ANZ’s Global Account Group says that energy savings combines quick wins with a long-term vision. “Your approach to energy savings should be holistic. Real savings don’t come from replacing one component and based on this, you need a qualified team to walk this journey with you – from start to finish”.

The process starts at the very beginning with the customer objectives. The customer may have a key objective when it comes to energy saving – what will make a difference to their bottom line? There are also energy saving targets to work to, and these are increasingly becoming more and more important and top of mind for businesses which SMC are dealing with.

SMC guides the customer through the various points on their machines which could benefit from energy saving components. Sometimes it is as easy as retrofitting a new more efficient product and this could mean ultimate energy and cost saving for the client. SMC assists customers to calculate the potential savings at each point. An energy efficiency calculator is available online to make this an easy process and products and then recommended.

From food and beverage to pharmaceutical and cosmetics, SMC’s team of experienced sales engineers walk the Energy Saving Customer journey with you and thanks to advanced R&D, our range ensures a customised energy saving solution for every requirement.

On Show at AUSPACK:

Some of the energy saving heroes on show at Auspack will include the following:

ALDS:
The Automatic Leak Detection System (ALDS) will ensure reduced maintenance and increased savings. The Automatic Leakage Detection System is installed on an OEM machine’s main airline, and integrated with the machine’s control software (PLC). When the machine is newly installed, the ALDS system will run the machine through a complete sequence, measuring the air consumption of each actuator, and confirming that there are no leaks or identifying any leaks present.

During an idle moment in the machine’s daily operation, the ALDS system can perform a “Leakage Detection Cycle”, operating each component in sequence again, recording the air consumption and using the data to identify each leak. Today, creating a competitive advantage by employing lean manufacturing principles is made simple by a supplier such as SMC. By partnering with a supplier who offers superior offerings and expertise, it is possible to realise significant benefits.

AR Regulator series:
Save up to 20 per cent in energy by reducing system pressure. The modular design of the AR series connects with other SMC air preparation equipment and it is suitable across a range of applications.

SY Valve Manifold series:
Known as one of SMC’s hero products, the new-generation SY series of valve manifolds offers a high flow rate with low power consumption in a compact design. With the food and beverage industry in mind and adhering to its stringent standards, the SY5000 series also includes a new IP69K manifold which is suitable for wet areas and can withstand wash down and cleaning.

AS-R Pressure Valve and A-SQ Valve Flow Valve:
Enjoy a cut in internal air consumption by up to 25 per cent when using the AS-R pressure valve and an AS-Q flow valve on their cylinders. Shorten the response time of the return stroke and harmonises stroke movements to prevent a harsh jerky start.

VMG Blow Gun series:
70 per cent of the compressed air generated goes into air blow applications. Improve your competitiveness and boost your bottom line with the VMG series to enjoy a 20% reduction in power consumption (when combined with an S coupler and Coil tube).

ZK2 Vacuum Ejector series:
Up to a 90 per cent reduction in energy with a dual-stage ejector for increased vacuum flow.

“We are excited to meet with visitors to the show and to discuss the potential that exists. Thanks to our comprehensive product range, we have no doubt that we can match any requirement,” Randall said.

AUSPACK conference speakers announced

The AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference 2019 is about being smart, connected and sustainable.

Learn key insights driving FMCG packaging. Understand where smart packaging fits into sustainability for a business and the planet, while discovering how ‘mindful’ consumers are driving change in packaging and processing. Find out how to tune into the future consumer (hint, it’s not just about Millennials, get the latest on innovating for the growing older population). Understand how to use design trends whether you’re exporting or selling domestically.

Discover just how e-commerce is shaking up the supply chain and how Industry 4.0 and Blockchain are transforming supply chains and traceability. See how the factory of the future is already here, and how your business can benefit.

Get the facts on the economic ‘state of the nation’; what it means now and its future impact on Australia’s manufacturing sector and individual businesses.

Delve into how you can innovatively and sustainably meet the challenges around energy for your operation.

Be fully prepared for the future by uncovering how you can capitalise on broad industry collaboration, while gaining strength through your own workplace’s diversity.

Take advantage of the AUSPACK 2019 Business and Industry Conference to network with your peers, celebrate with colleagues and collaborate with others in the industry.

Key Insights Driving the Future of Packaging for the FMCG Industry
International leader and packaging innovator, Dr Michael Okoroafor, vice-president, global sustainability and packaging Innovation, McCormick (USA) will share his insights on leveraging transformational packaging innovation and re-aligned supply chain to drive groawth for the FMCG industry. His session will cover how the power of e-commerce is shaping the future of retail and consumer behaviour.

Panel: What’s Good for the Planet is Good for Business – Exploring the Opportunities Arising from the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target
Be part of a lively discussion and thought-provoking debate which will explore the 2025 National Packaging Waste Target, how this will affect companies and how the industry has the potential to lead on this issue, plus, the implications and the importance of collaboration. Writer and comedian Craig Reucassel from ABC’s “War on Waste” and “The Chaser”, will charge this industry panel which features Steve Lapidge, CEO, Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre and Brooke Donnelly, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO).

The Future Consumer – It’s Not Just About Millennials
It’s important to look at what the future consumer looks like for you and your business in order to impact business growth. In recent times most conversations on the consumer of the future has focused on millennials and Generation Z. Shelley McMillan, associate director, Consulting ANZ at Mintel will discuss current research, trends and predictions but most importantly look at what we as an industry needs to consider to optimise business growth.

Blockchain – What is Blockchain and how is it Revolutionising the Supply Chain?
Dr Darcy Allen, postdoctoral research fellow, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, will explain what blockchain technology is and how it looks to impact the economy and society. He will deep dive in to how blockchain is much more than a technology for creating cryptocurrencies and how it can create enormous opportunities for any business.

The Current Export Landscape
Bryan Clark, director, Trade & International Affairs Australian Chamber of Commerce will use this session to consider the ever- evolving global trade landscape. There will be a particular focus on free trade agreements and the situation with Brexit, plus antidumping and other trade restrictive measures being applied by Governments around the world. Learn how you as a business should respond to this and what free trade agreements can offer to your business.  You will come away with an increased awareness of trends in trade restrictions, as well as compliance requirements for international trade.

Strength Through Diversity
Embrace diversity in your workplace and be part of an interactive session ‘Strength Through Diversity’ at the end of day two, led by leading diversity expert Dr Katie Spearritt.. Dr Katie will share research underlining the importance of diversity of background and thinking to stimulate innovation, improve decision-making and create a more engaged workforce.

Friday 25 January is the last date for you to save the maximum discount on the AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference – register today to secure your seat.

APPMA Awards of Excellence entries closing soon

Entries for the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence are closing soon.

The Awards are open to APPMA members and exhibitors at AUSPACK 2019. Entries must be submitted via the official online portal before January 26th, 2019.

Judging begins on January 28th, with the finalists announced on February 20th. Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony on March 27th.

There are only 450 tickets available for the Gala Awards Ceremony and these are already over half sold. It’s fantastic to see people so keen to share in this night of networking, and celebrating innovation and our industry in general.

Entertainment on the gala night will be provided by multi-skilled performer Peter Rowsthorn as MC, with music from the elegant, soulful group Lil Miss Jazz playing original compositions, jazz and acoustic versions of popular tunes. The three-course menu is designed to reduce food waste, with food sourced from online marketplace Yume, which rescues surplus top-quality-label food from being thrown away.

AUSPACK shows how connectivity unlocks value

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial internet ofThings (IIoT) are changing the game – fast – not only for manufacturers but the entire supply chain. Connecting IT and OT systems across all operations in a business is enabling data accumulation at an unprecedented scale. At AUSPACK 2019 the industry can learn about how to make this data unlock value on the production line and beyond.

As plants and production processes modernise current and legacy systems, and plant networks converge with enterprise business systems, manufacturers are gaining access to a tremendous amount of data. However, most need assistance to maximise the benefits of their data and transform it into actionable information. Now, help is at hand in the form of a new collaborative initiative between SMC, Beckhoff Automation, NORD Drivesystems, Balluff, ZI-Argus dubbed Open IIoT (stand B237). AUSPACK 2019 will be the launch platform for this open-source knowledge group set up to provide the industry with valuable information about Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, including the ‘how to’ of implementation.

Across the showfloor, numerous exhibitors will provide access to the latest ideas and technology on Industry 4.0, from information and automation solutions, to robotics and integrated coding and vision systems.  For example, HMPS (stand G140) will showcase its newly launched its new Industry 4.0 solution, HMPSConnect, which links HMPS equipment into the IIoT, providing a dashboard for users to easily access data across all of their machines.

Heat and Control (stand D150) will demonstrate how engaging with a single source supplier like the HCI Alliance (a partnership between Heat and Control and Ishida)  can add value through increased connectivity levels and digital data exchange, along all stages of the processing and packaging production line. Foodmach (stand E065) will spruik its expertise in Industry4.0 line integration and the implementation of programming standards into production systems.

The Industry 4.0 theme will also be explored beyond the showfloor, at the AUSPACK 2019 Business & Industry Conference taking place on 26 and 27 March at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre.

John Broadbent, founder of Realise Potential, will lead a panel discussion on taking the ‘leap of faith’ towards Industry 4.0. To pull off a successful Industry 4.0 transition, it’s important to understand what this technology is and how to implement it, says Broadbent. “If you go down the path of understanding what the Industrial Internet of Things can do for you, it will help you keep the doors open – make your business more sustainable and here for the long term, and keep people in employment,” he said.

 

Another highlight at the conference will be the presentation by Foodmach CCO Earle Roberts about the $165m Dulux paint production and packaging plant, recognised as one of the top 5 Industry 4.0 plants in the world.

AUSPACK will showcase megatrends for food industry

AUSPACK will be showcasing megatrends for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors, AUSPACK offers face-to-face involvement with the latest in fast and flexible machinery, track and trace, smart packaging, digital printing, Industry 4.0 and robots.

It also covers accessibility and convenience, e-commerce, saving food from waste and sustainable solutions. The 2019 edition of AUSPACK’s Packaging and Processing week will also see a range of new initiatives that offer enhanced opportunities to learn, engage and network with industry and peers. These initiatives will be announced throughout the lead up to AUSPACK, which takes place from March 26-29 next year.

Going digital is one of the focuses AUSPACK has highlighted as being of significance to industries including food and beverage. Digital allows converters to meet the demand for short-run and multiple-version packaging, and sectors such as digital labelling are seeing a rise worldwide.

Compared to the labelling industry as a whole, which experiences roughly four-to-five per cent growth each year, digital labels are expanding by about nine-to-ten per cent annually, AUSPACK indicates.

A new conference focussed on industry key challenges and opportunities around sustainability, innovations in technology and design, systems thinking and factories of the future, will also be a part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019.

With the theme smart, connected, sustainable, the conference is for decision makers, owners and key staff from the packaging and processing, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, along with associated industries such as design and print, marketing and advertising industry associations.

The business and industry conference are all about exploring new ideas and business potential through case studies, interactive Q&A sessions and keynote plenary sessions – of which there will be seven, along with 18 breakouts across two streams, which are packaging and processing, and business growth. Sub-themes include innovation and technology, sustainable solutions, smart packaging, e-commerce, future consumer, export and distribution, blockchain, design trends and strength through diversity.

Several prominent speakers for the event include Michael Okoroafor, vice president global sustainability and packaging at McCormick USA. Responsible for the strategic direction, policies, development and execution of agricultural, ingredient, product and packaging sustainability, plus packaging innovation capabilities globally, Okoroafor was inducted into the Packaging and Processing Hall of Fame at PACK EXPO International. In addition, he has over 40 patents to his name. Okoroafor will be the opening keynote on day one.

Economist Stephen Koukoulas will kick off day two of the event. He was the senior economic advisor to the prime minister and the chief economist of Citibank. His presentation will break down complex economic analysis into easily understandable terms.

Katie Spearritt, CEO of Diversity Partners, will speak about “Innovation and Strength through Diversity”. Spearritt’s session aims to have participants talking about diversity and inclusion in ways they might not have previously considered.

Tickets for Awards of Excellence night, during AUSPACK, on sale

Sustainability will flow through every aspect of the reinstated gala awards ceremony for the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence.

The APPMA Awards of Excellence is returning to be part of AUSPACK 2019.

It recognises industry innovation and outstanding performers in the packaging and processing sectors.

The awards, which are part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019, include five award categories: Best New Product, Customer Collaboration Award, Design Innovation Award, Export Success Award and Imported Equipment Award.

READ: Packaging and processing Awards of Excellence return in 2019

Keeping in theme with the week, the awards evening will use sustainable materials such as recycled copper used for the table centrepiece decorations, and low-energy LED lighting.

The menu will be designed in partnership with Yume, rescuing top-quality, brand-name surplus food that may have otherwise been discarded.

AUSPACK will be held from 26-29 March, in Melbourne. The Awards of Excellence will be held on March 27.

AUSPACK business and industry conference announced for 2019

A new conference focused on industry key challenges and opportunities around sustainability, innovations in technology and design, systems thinking and factories of the future, will be launched as part of Packaging and Processing Week 2019.

With the theme smart, connected, sustainable, the new conference is for decision makers, owners and key staff from the packaging and processing, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, along with associated industries such as design and print, marketing and advertising industry associations.

Smart covers IIOT, Industry 4.0, automation, robotics and the like, while connected is equipment and work areas talking to each other to also support IIOT and Industry 4.0 initiatives.

Sustainable refers to business sustainability as a result of the impact of these new technologies in both being able to reduce waste and increased profit for both suppliers and end users in our industry.

READ: Registrations for biennial event AUSPACK open

The business and industry conference is all about exploring new ideas and business potential through case studies, interactive Q&A sessions and keynote plenary sessions – of which there will be seven, along with 18 breakouts across two streams, which are packaging and processing, and business growth.

Sub themes include innovation and technology, sustainable solutions, smart packaging, e-commerce, future consumer, export and distribution, blockchain, design trends and strength through diversity.

Among the 35-plus speakers are:

  • Opening keynote, day one: Dr Michael Okoroafor, vice president global sustainability and packaging at McCormick USA. Responsible for the strategic direction, policies, development and execution of agricultural, ingredient, product and packaging sustainability, plus packaging innovation capabilities globally, Okoroafor was inducted into the Packaging and Processing Hall of Fame at PACK EXPO International. An innovation leader, he has over 40 patents to his name.
  • Opening keynote, day two: economist Stephen Koukoulas. He was the senior economic advisor to the prime minister, chief economist of Citibank and head of global economic research in London for TD. His presentation will break down complex economic analysis into easily understandable terms.
  • Closing keynote, day two: Dr Katie Spearritt, CEO of Diversity Partners, will speak about “Innovation and Strength through Diversity”. Diversity Partners is specialist consultancy that helps companies achieve diversity progress and create more inclusive and high-performing work environments, including a range of firms in Australia’s manufacturing sector. Her interactive session aims to have participants talking about diversity and inclusion in ways they might not have previously considered.
  • Conference MC: Craig Reucassel is a speaker, writer and comedian best known for his work on ABC’s TV program War on Waste and with The Chaser, which he co-founded.

 

Registrations for biennial event AUSPACK open

Registrations for AUSPACK 2019 are now open.

The globally recognised long-running biennial event, which is part of Packaging and Processing Week, is heading back to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 26-29, 2019.

Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) chairman, Mark Dingley, said AUSPACK 2019 will showcase a host of global trends in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing and packaging industries.

“With a record Sydney show in 2017, our 2019 event returning to Melbourne is looking exciting, with the largest display of exhibitors yet.

READ: AUSPACK will showcase hundreds of exhibitors in Melbourne

“It will be the perfect place for those across the packaging and processing sectors to find solutions to increase efficiencies across their business,” said Dingley.

AUSPACK event director, Albert Kruger, said more than 350 suppliers representing 1,200 global brands will be part of the bigger and better display in 2019.

“The show floor has been designed to provide solutions that address a range of industry trends and themes,” said Kruger.

These trends and themes include:

  • digital printing for packaging
  • the explosion in e-commerce
  • Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things
  • production-line-flexible machinery to meet the growing variety of packaged-good SKUs
  • machinery to produce accessible and convenient packaging formats
  • track-and-trace solutions to deal with the rise in counterfeiting, and growing concerns over food security and safety globally
  • processing, packaging and labelling equipment designed for the proliferation of craft and artisan food and beverage brands
  • sustainable packaging solutions
  • smart packaging
  • robotics
  • smart factories of the future

With the APPMA Awards of Excellence returning to be part of AUSPACK 2019, even more new initiatives will be announced as part of Packaging and Processing Week in the next few weeks.

These will give attendees excellent opportunities to learn, engage and network with the wider industry and their peers.

“AUSPACK 2019 will allow attendees to see first hand, products that offer even greater safety, security, automation and cost-saving benefits. The depth and breadth of exhibitors and attendees to AUSPACK bring fantastic networking opportunities with key players across the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets,” said Kruger.

Registration to AUSPACK is free.

Packaging and processing Awards of Excellence return in 2019

The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) has reinstated its Awards of Excellence to seek out and recognise industry innovation and outstanding performers.

On October 23, APPMA announced that applications were open for the national program, which identifies excellence, leadership and best practice in Australia’s processing and packaging industry.

APPMA chairman Mark Dingley said there were many benefits to entering, both for individuals and the company.

“Finalists and winners will be recognised as industry leaders, which is a great way to raise your business’s profile within our industry and outside our industry to potential customers and investors,” said Dingley.

READ: AUSPACK will showcase hundreds of exhibitors in Melbourne

The Awards of Excellence are a packaging and processing week initiative as part of AUSPACK 2019.

Finalists and winners will have an opportunity to showcase their product on the AUSPACK show floor.

“Along with reinstating the APPMA Awards of Excellence, we’ll also transition to a formal gala awards ceremony dinner to announce the finalists and winners and celebrate their achievements as a whole industry,” said Dingley.

There are five award categories – Best New Product, Customer Collaboration Award, Design Innovation Award, Export Success Award and Imported Equipment Award.

“Going through the actual entry process offers businesses a fantastic benchmarking opportunity to review their processes and practices, which they’ll then receive feedback on from the judges, as well as industry peers and authorities.

“We know past finalists and winners have valued this expert, arm’s-length critique as a ‘set of fresh eyes’ to what’s working well along with improvements that can be made,” said Dingley.

“Compiling the submission is also a great way to motivate and energise people in the business, as everyone is focused on the innovations and successes to which they’ve all contributed,” he said.

Finalists and winners will all have excellent promotional opportunities in industry publications and on the APPMA website and can benefit from using the APPMA Awards of Excellence winner or finalist logo to promote themselves as an award-winning business, said Dingley.

“All in all, the APPMA knows that this awards program allows businesses to grow through better profiling, education and professional development and I encourage member and non-member businesses to enter as many categories as they wish,” he said.

AUSPACK is held from March 26-29, 2019, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Applications for the awards close on January 26, 2019 and judging will happen from January 28 to February 11.

The finalists will be announced on February 20, with a celebratory gala ceremony happening on March 27.

 

AUSPACK will showcase hundreds of exhibitors in Melbourne

The southern hemisphere’s leading processing and packaging trade event is back and bigger than ever.

Held in Melbourne from March 26-28, 2019, AUSPACK will span 19,500sqm.

New companies E030 Processing and Packaging, High Tech Italian Way, Orora Group, Lapp Australia and Key Technology are among more than 400 exhibitors showcasing their products and services.

Exhibitors come from as far as France to take part in the event.

READ: Get ready for the biggest AUSPACK ever

French company Legarde Autoclaves, which manufactures tailor-made products such as steam and air retorts, is among the exhibitors.

The company’s Autoclaves products are designed to reduce production costs and the environmental footprint.

Chinese exhibitors include Milliken Chemical Division, Guandong Highdream Intellectualized Machinery. There will also be hundreds of exhibitors with a presence in the Australian market.

AUSPACK showcases innovations and megatrends for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care sectors.

Exhibitions and Trade Fairs marketing manager, Anne-Marie Mina, said it was an exciting time to be able to host the 34th AUSPACK event. “It’s great that it’s returned to Melbourne,” she said.

“We’ve ensured the exhibitors offering is in line with global trends,” said Mina. Industry trends showcased at the 2019 event include fast and flexibly packaging, track and tracing, smart packaging and digital printing, Industry 4.0 and robotics, and product delivery via drones.

“There’s also a focus on saving food from waste and food safety.” There will also be discussions on sustainability and waste reduction, said Mina.

“Exhibitors recognise that it’s a premium event for packaging and processing in Australia.” So far, 75 per cent of the exhibition space has sold.

Exhibitors have the opportunity to generate new sales leads and build new relationships.

A variety of new features are being launched at the event, which will be disclosed to the public at the end of 2018.

These features will enhance the learning experience and networking opportunities for exhibitors and visitors, said Mina.

Last chance to visit AUSPACK 2017

The doors are still open, but today is the final day of this innovative event for the processing and packaging industry, at Sydney Showgrounds.

Anne-Marie Mina,  organiser of AUSPACK, said, “This is the biggest Sydney show ever in terms of number of exhibitors. The quality of visitors is very high and exhibitors are extremely happy so far.

“We have more than 100 international exhibitors who are launching their products in the Australian market here. Such broad exhibitor offerings gives visitors a wide choice, enabling them to see the latest global technologies in their sector and find the perfect solution for their business. Anecdotal comments from visitors have shown that they are extremely impressed with the products and solutions on offer right across the show floor.”

International exhibitor Schur Star Systems, a packaging-systems company from Denmark, showed its flexible packaging solutions. The key to the globally unique Schur Star system is that a multitude of different flexible pouch sizes and styles, in different print and laminate structures, can be run through the packaging system with very quick changeover times; for example, changing from a 400-millimetre wide pouch to a 100mm wide pouch takes just five minutes. The system has application across a range of industries including fresh produce and meat.

UK-based Woolcool showcased its range of eco-friendly, insulated packaging products. The highly effective packaging, which is used for both food and pharmaceuticals, is made from coarse sheep’s belly wool, which is essentially “waste wool”, and has 25 per cent Australian content. Woolcool packaging sits in a carton, enveloping chilled or frozen product; the carton is chilled down and ice packs added on top. Woolcool is guaranteed to keep product at less than five degrees Celsius for 24 hours or more. One of its biggest applications is the online grocery trade.

ETF’s Anne-Marie Mina said, “These are just two examples of the thousands of technologies on display at AUSAPCK 2017. Their difference and cost benefits offer much value to the Australian market, and are among the reasons visitors find AUSPACK so informative.”

Mina urged visitors to make sure the most of the last day of the event, with doors closing at 5pm this afternoon.