Materials handling & storage and supply chain

'Traffic light' system for grading avocados

07 May, 2020

A laser and vibration technique that determines the perfect ripeness of avocados without damaging the fruit has been developed to help reduce waste in the supply chain.


Food-contact surface coating to help prevent contamination

05 May, 2020

Researchers are developing a water-repellent coating that can be applied to food-contact surfaces such as conveyor belts to help prevent cross-contamination of produce.


Pallet racking solution protects against forklift impacts  

01 May, 2020 | Supplied by: Rack Armour Australia Pty Ltd

This pallet racking protection solution features a shock deflector that is made from a tough polymer designed to withstand significant impact from forklifts.


Solving supply chain disruptions for food exports

28 April, 2020

DHL Global Forwarding Australia is helping to meet food retail demand for Australia's high-value perishables exports.


Enmin controller range for vibratory equipment

20 April, 2020 | Supplied by: Enmin Pty Ltd

Enmin's range of controllers is suitable for all types and brands of vibratory equipment.


Sidel converts packaging facility to produce sanitiser bottles

08 April, 2020 | Supplied by: Sidel Oceania Pty Ltd

Packaging manufacturer Sidel has converted its packaging production centre in Normandy into a production centre for hydro-alcoholic gel bottles, to combat COVID-19.


Nestlé using blockchain to enhance coffee traceability

08 April, 2020

Nestlé will expand the use of IBM Food Trust blockchain technology, to enable consumers to trace the origins of the beans in its Zoégas coffee brand.


Lactalis automates the handling of its milk pallets

06 April, 2020 | Supplied by: Dematic Pty Ltd

Lactalis Australia has boosted productivity using automated guided vehicles for its milk pallets at its Lidcombe site.


Smart tech helping manufacturers safeguard supply chains

02 April, 2020 by Danielle Dadello, Country Manager AU at Unleashed Software | Supplied by: Unleashed Software

It's time for an upheaval in the way food manufacturers use technology and supply chain processes, in order to keep food on the shelves and remain resilient.


Esko Australia NERAK vertical conveyors and lifts range

01 April, 2020 | Supplied by: Esko Australia Pty Ltd

Featuring a heavy-duty rubber block chain, the NERAK vertical conveyors from Esko Australia provide space-saving solutions for vertical transport requirements.


Qld closes border but bananas allowed through

27 March, 2020

Freight trucks are exempt from the latest border control measures introduced by the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.


Cobots improve productivity on packaging line

26 March, 2020 | Supplied by: Universal Robots

Global healthcare company Sanofi has installed seven UR10 collaborative robots at its site in France, to meet new productivity requirements.


Mitsubishi EDR Pantograph Reach Truck

24 March, 2020 | Supplied by: MLA Holdings Pty Ltd

The Mitsubishi double-deep reach truck is designed to allow operators to perform tasks efficiently in double-deep applications.


Tubular drag conveyors: cable vs chain systems

18 March, 2020 by Karl Seidel, Cablevey Conveyors | Supplied by: Cablevey Conveyors

The distinct differences between tubular chain and cable drag conveyors are discussed in relation to dry food manufacturers' requirements.


Economics of the pandemic: are your supply chains resilient?

18 March, 2020 by Carolyn Jackson

Food manufacturers may be one of the few industries that could actually see some economic opportunities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, if supply chains remain resilient.


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