Mike Wheeler

ifm’s smart factory solutions for small, medium- and large-sized factories

ifm shows that it can offer full solutions for all factory automation, 24 hours a day.

Whether a company is an OEM, a packaging or process factory, there are constant needs to produce high quality products at reduced costs, while effectively managing the high amount of workflow in a factory.

Smart factory solutions allows companies to locate bottlenecks, eliminate downtime and increase production.

ifm can help integrate current equipment, automate processes and have full transparency in the production process and remotely monitor the entire factory workflow to make informed decisions with business-critical knowledge.

How do you achieve proactive food safety?

Food safety management systems described in the ISO 22000 standard and such laws as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have helped drive a transformation in how the global food and beverage industry views and achieves food safety. The focus shifted from reacting to problems after they occur to proactively preventing incidents through a variety of mandates, recommendations, and controls.

Modernising Manufacturing in the Food & Beverage Industry

Australia’s food and beverage processing industries are worth approximately $26 billion to the economy and employ almost 235,000 people. It is a vital industry because it not only produces goods for the local market, it is also a net exporter of foodstuffs and beverages. When combined with the related industries of agriculture, forestry and fishing, then the figure balloons to almost $54 billion.
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Passion for diversity in food processing systems

As a pivotal partner of the Natec Network, Gold Peg provides diverse innovative cooking solutions to food manufacturing companies all over the world for production rates from 100 kg/h up to 10,000 kg/h. You too can be at the forefront of food technology with Gold Peg’s cutting-edge equipment, designed and made right here in Melbourne, Australia.

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What to consider when choosing lubrication systems for food and beverage equipment

When it comes to balancing between food and beverage productivity and compliance with safety regulations, selecting the right lubricant system for use with food and beverage processing equipment such as chain driven roller conveyors, is highly critical and can be challenging.

Key Technology introduces hyperspectral sorter

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, introduces the first VERYX BioPrint digital sorter. As the world’s only sorter that can combine near infrared (NIR) hyperspectral detection with color cameras, VERYX BioPrint analyzes a richer set of data about the materials it is sorting to improve detection performance and maximize process yield. Key’s VERYX BioPrint C140 sorter for nuts removes shells, foreign material (FM) and product defects as well as shape sorts and color grades to maximise product quality while virtually eliminating false rejects.

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F&B Sound Bites Ep 13 – Not all capital projects are created equal

How can large, complex, multi-site organisations manage project delivery successfully while managing costs, risks and ensuring a project goes to plan? In this episode of F&B Sound Bites we chat with Mike Duell, former mathematician turned engineer and inventor of capital portfolio management software, CAPEXinsights. He talks with Hamish about the common capital portfolio management pitfalls from around the globe, the role of sustainability in capital portfolio management and the smart tools available to help build consistency and confidence.

You can listen to listen to the podcast here.

Quenching Aussie thirsts with latest warehouse facility

As Australia’s largest manufacturing industry, food and beverage processing has needed to adapt to consumer needs and trends to remain cutting edge, especially in response to the global pandemic. There is now more demand than ever for local production and supporting Australian businesses.

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Buyer beware: EHS due diligence is more important than ever

By Paul Kau and Bridget Mainland, Golder

With every merger and acquisition (M&A) deal comes a range of potentially significant risks. You don’t want to unnecessarily pay more for an asset than it’s worth, and you certainly don’t want expensive surprises or obstacles once you’ve already signed on the bottom line. That’s why it’s essential to understand, as fully as possible, just what you’re getting into.
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Not just a gas: Why generating nitrogen onsite makes good business sense

Nitrogen gas has numerous applications in food and beverage industries. Primarily, it is used to preserve or prevent product from spoiling from oxidisation. It has applications that range from food packaging and storage, to wine, beer and fruit juice production. While widely used, many food and beverage businesses rely on the delivery of bottled nitrogen gas as their source. This white paper examines the applications of nitrogen gas in Australian food and beverage operations and the business case for generating nitrogen onsite.

Allen’s sour twist on an Aussie favourite

The team at lolly brand Allen’s is launching Sourz Frogs Alive bringing a new twist to a classic lolly.

Following on from the tongue twisting success of Allen’s Sourz Snakes and Sourz Tangy Randoms, the team at Allen’s have taken their iconic red frog and given it a sour twist. With no artificial colours, Allen’s Sourz Frogs Alive are designed to bring a bit of fun to any occasion and be a crowd pleaser with lolly fans.