Reduce waste & rework, find solutions for business sustainabilityPosted on March 18th, 2019 in News
There are many ways to approach “sustainability” in business. Just four are:
- Automated product inspection systems
Automating your QA processes is the best way to ensure the highest quality products leave your premises. Product inspection systems such as vision inspection, checkweighers, metal detectors and x-ray systems, can also substantially decrease your operating expenses and optimise your plant’s efficiency. Because they inspect in real-time, Matthews’ range of inspection solutions help make your packaging process leaner and more reliable, allowing you to drive a sustainable competitive advantage. This ultimate guide to automated product inspection talks you through what inspection technology is and how to get the best ROI
- Be part of a circular economy
Post the Chinese ban on 24 types of foreign solid waste and recyclable material, Australia’s waste industry called for a “circular economy and action plan” to fix recycling uncertainty. However, a circular economy is more than recycling, and it could transform Australian manufacturing. A circular economy is the opposite of a traditional linear economy, or “throw-away society”. It means keeping resources in circulation for as long as possible, extracting maximum value from them while in use, then recovering and regenerating products and materials at the end of their service life, which means designing products for longevity and reparability, while also designing waste out of the system. Waste from factories, for example, becomes a valuable input for another process. For manufacturers, a circular economy is about capturing value that would otherwise be lost.
Collaboration, data collection and sharing through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, and
extended producer responsibility (ERP) are ways to transition. Here’s some basic information for Australian manufacturers about a circular economy.
- Go for plastic-free packaging
As sustainable manufacturing gains momentum, consumers are asking manufacturers lots of questions now, including: Are you using plastic-free packaging? What happens to packaging once it’s in consumers’ hands? How can you help reduce food waste? While Nestlé and Unilever have policies in place to make 100% of their packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025, Australian companies are also well on the way. Find out more about sustainable manufacturing here, along with some examples.
- Packaging that can move through the supply chain
Choosing the right product packaging is crucial to product success, ensuring it arrives safely onto store shelves and into customers’ shopping bags. The four essential aspects to consider when designing product packaging are manufacturing (key points being flexibility, stacking and transportation, capability and processes); business (top things to consider being cost effectiveness, sustainability, recyclability, flexibility and legality); supply chain (key points to consider being resiliency, compliance, shelf life, labelling & coding, retailer/customer needs, transportation requirements); and brand and marketing (key points being shelf readiness, design consistency, informative labelling/coding, user friendliness, brand representation and customer needs).
Talk to Matthews about solutions to transform your processes and contribute to your business’s sustainability in the long term.
If you’d like to learn more before AUSPACK, you can find information on real-time inspection using machine vision inspection systems, what you need to know about a circular economy and Australian manufacturing, what sustainable manufacturing is (including examples from Australian companies), four essential factors to consider when packaging your product and the National Food Waste Strategy and what it means for food labelling.
If you’re looking get some good background information on coding, labelling and inspection equipment before heading to AUSPACK, then check out Matthews’ resource library of information. Even better, it’s all free to download!
So see you from 26-29 March on Stand D140 at AUSPACK!