Inspection Blog

Tips on ROI for vision inspection systems
21 Jun 2017
Automated vision inspection systems are more accurate than manual inspection. But what about ROI? Here are some rock-solid ways to calculate it. Interestingly, the biggest impact is not in freeing up a worker. Check out our guide for more.
Metal detection vs X-ray inspection: which is better?
26 May 2017
Is metal detection or an X-ray system better to detect foreign contaminants in your products before they leave your processing plant? This blog talks you through how to choose the best way to protect your brand.
The top five problems vision inspection can solve
6 Apr 2017
Automated vision inspection is objective, automated and highly repeatable, meaning it can solve many problems much faster and more accurately than humans can detect. Here are the top five problems vision inspection can solve: flaw detection, positioning, identification, verification & measurement.
Cost-effective vision-enhanced industrial automation
3 Mar 2017
Vision-enhanced industrial automation is a showcase example of embedded vision. Embedded vision can add valuable capabilities to existing products and even open up new markets and it’s being used in a host of different manufacturing plants.
Which inspection technology should you use?
13 Jan 2017
Choosing which inspection technology to use depends very much upon your need, your product and your industry. To best explain what to use when, we’ve chosen some common problems, then shown the solution that matches them.
What to look for with implementing your vision inspection system
12 Dec 2016
Four main aspects to think about when implementing your machine vision inspection system are the resolution of your image sensor, selecting the sensor lens, a proper lighting source & predictable part presentation. We take you through those points here.
Tips for lighting vision inspection solutions
11 Oct 2016
Camera placement and lighting are two of the most important aspects in a vision inspection solution. Here we look at makes for good lighting, different types of machine inspection lighting, and other factors you need to consider in lighting your solution so it’s fast, reliable and repeatable.
Are all checkweighers accurate?
23 Sep 2016
By checking product weight, checkweighers ensure goods leaving your factory are within the specified limits. In removing any items outside the specs, checkweighers keep product quality and costs in check. But are all checkweighers accurate? Here we look at the factors affecting checkweigher accuracy ...
How does vision inspection work?
29 Aug 2016
Automated vision inspection systems are a bit like a superhero: they’re faster than the human eye. So how do they do what they do? There are 4 basic stages in machine vision: 2 about the images, then 2 around sorting. Here we take you through them.
Why a camera does not equal an inspection ‘system’
20 Jul 2016
Cameras are vital components in automated vision inspection systems, but just because one is there doesn’t mean it can capture “everything”. Vision solutions must be designed properly for each variable; there are some very good reasons why you can’t “piggyback” checks onto an existing system.
All Blog Articles
  1. How the world is tackling food wasteFriday, 14 July 2017

    Fact: Food waste is a huge global issue. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, 28% of the world’s agriculture area is used to produce food that ultimately goes to waste each year. In fact, The Guardian reports that nearly 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year — which is more […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley

    General Manager, Operations at Matthews Australasia

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and heads operations at Matthews Australasia.
    With 18+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
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  2. Matthews Australasia maps the future at foodpro 2017Monday, 3 July 2017

    It’s been three years since foodpro, Australasia’s leading food manufacturing and packaging exhibition, took Melbourne by storm (literally). Now, the wait is almost over. Coming to Sydney from 16 to 19 July, foodpro 2017 promises to once again showcase the future of all things food. But this is more than just an expo: foodpro 2017 […]

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    Devna Dayal

    Devna Dayal

    Marketing Specialist at Matthews Australasia

    With marketing experience across a variety of tactics and media in multiple global companies, my focus is on continuous improvement and experimentation to deliver better ROI for marketing investments in the B2B space.
    I currently work at Matthews Australasia in the marketing department working on brand development, lead generation and sales tools development.

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  3. 3 trends manufacturers need to watchSaturday, 24 June 2017

    Between the Internet of Things (IoT), information-driven manufacturing (iDM), social robots and Internet 5.0, you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s enough happening in your own world without worrying about other industries. But being aware of parallel industry developments as they’re happening can keep you ahead of the curve and help you anticipate new solutions to […]

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    Trent Munro

    Trent Munro

    Product Manager, Coding Technologies at Matthews Australasia

    Trent Munro is an accomplished business strategist, marketing innovator and speaker specialising in business development and optimisation. Over the past 15 years, he has worked across a range of blue-chip and medium enterprises including Goodyear Automotive, Clariant, Corona Manufacturing and Matthews Australasia.

    Trent holds a range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications in Commerce, Psychology, Project Management and Science.

    At Matthews Australasia, he has overseen market development locally and abroad, launching class leading traceability and automation technologies across manufacturing, healthcare and logistics.

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  4. A manufacturer’s practical guide to the technologies driving Industry 4.0Thursday, 15 June 2017

    You may have wondered what are the technologies driving Industry 4.0? We explain them here, and how manufacturers can get started. Industry 4.0 is catapulting the manufacturing industry into a new realm. Also known as the “fourth industrial revolution”, Industry 4.0 refers to a world in which machines interact and respond intelligently to their surrounding […]

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    Trent Munro

    Trent Munro

    Product Manager, Coding Technologies at Matthews Australasia

    Trent Munro is an accomplished business strategist, marketing innovator and speaker specialising in business development and optimisation. Over the past 15 years, he has worked across a range of blue-chip and medium enterprises including Goodyear Automotive, Clariant, Corona Manufacturing and Matthews Australasia.

    Trent holds a range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications in Commerce, Psychology, Project Management and Science.

    At Matthews Australasia, he has overseen market development locally and abroad, launching class leading traceability and automation technologies across manufacturing, healthcare and logistics.

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  5. Internet of Things: the essential ingredient for Australian food & beverage manufacturers?Sunday, 4 June 2017

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is the latest industry buzzword. But peel away the hype and what’s the real impact of IoT on Australian food & beverage manufacturers?   The Internet of Things (IoT) is about smart connectivity and data. It refers to the ability of physical devices to connect with the internet so that […]

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    Trent Munro

    Trent Munro

    Product Manager, Coding Technologies at Matthews Australasia

    Trent Munro is an accomplished business strategist, marketing innovator and speaker specialising in business development and optimisation. Over the past 15 years, he has worked across a range of blue-chip and medium enterprises including Goodyear Automotive, Clariant, Corona Manufacturing and Matthews Australasia.

    Trent holds a range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications in Commerce, Psychology, Project Management and Science.

    At Matthews Australasia, he has overseen market development locally and abroad, launching class leading traceability and automation technologies across manufacturing, healthcare and logistics.

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  6. The rise of ready meals (TV dinners step aside)Wednesday, 24 May 2017

    Ready-meals, previously a success story confined to the UK, are now hot property here. According to IBIS World, the ready-meal sector has experienced an annual growth of 3.6% in Australia over the past five years to reach reported revenue of around $900 million. So, what does this mean for the Australian food industry? And how […]

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    Matt Nichol

    Matt Nichol

    Key Account Manager at Matthews Australasia

    Matt is a laser marking expert and has in-depth knowledge of product ID technologies. He is a regular at international trade shows like Pack Expo and is constantly looking at emerging trends and technologies.

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  7. What is information-driven manufacturing? Here’s a good overview of iDMMonday, 15 May 2017

    Is information-driven manufacturing (iDM) the stepping-stone to Industry 4.0? Collecting, visualising and analysing machine, process and sensor data promises to open a whole new world of opportunities for manufacturers. Here, we look at exactly what iDM is and how it could help manufacturers realise the potential of Industry 4.0. (Here’s some good background information on […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley

    General Manager, Operations at Matthews Australasia

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and heads operations at Matthews Australasia.
    With 18+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

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  8. How can you automate barcoding?Thursday, 4 May 2017

    The challenge when you automate barcoding processes is often not in knowing whether or not you need to automate, but in choosing which technology solutions will bring the best results. Australian manufacturers’ appetite for automation is growing. You only need to look at the key trends to come out of AUSPACK 2017 to see that. […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley

    General Manager, Operations at Matthews Australasia

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and heads operations at Matthews Australasia.
    With 18+ years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

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  9. 3 lessons manufacturers can learn from award-winning health foodSunday, 23 April 2017

    If there are three things the 2016 Healthy Food Guide winners have in common, it’s innovation, creativity and an acute awareness of consumer trends. The Australian Healthy Food Guide Awards identify the healthiest foods on supermarket shelves that make it easy for people to shop, buy and eat good food. And 2016 was a big […]

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    Trent Munro

    Trent Munro

    Product Manager, Coding Technologies at Matthews Australasia

    Trent Munro is an accomplished business strategist, marketing innovator and speaker specialising in business development and optimisation. Over the past 15 years, he has worked across a range of blue-chip and medium enterprises including Goodyear Automotive, Clariant, Corona Manufacturing and Matthews Australasia.

    Trent holds a range of postgraduate and graduate qualifications in Commerce, Psychology, Project Management and Science.

    At Matthews Australasia, he has overseen market development locally and abroad, launching class leading traceability and automation technologies across manufacturing, healthcare and logistics.

    The post 3 lessons manufacturers can learn from award-winning health food appeared first on The Matthews Blog.

  10. Which inspection technologies can be used for ready meals? (no longer the old TV dinner)Friday, 14 April 2017

    Ready meals are a fast-growing category. But they’re not straightforward to inspect. Here, we reveal the technologies ready to meet the challenge of ready meal inspection. Ready meals have come a long way in the past few decades. In the words of CSIRO Professor Martin Cole: “Ready meals are not 1970s TV dinners, but highly […]

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    Andrew Key

    Andrew Key

    Product Manager, Inspection Technologies at Matthews Australasia

    Andrew Key has over 25 years’ experience with packaging machinery, inspection technologies and identification technologies. His career spans across organisations like Alfa Laval, TNA and others; helping manufacturers to effect process improvement using the latest technology from around the globe.

    In his current role as the Business Development Manager for Inspection technologies at Matthews Australasia, he is constantly looking at cutting edge technologies for our customers to improve quality control.

    Andrew grew up in the country and loves the outdoors. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, snow skiing, water skiing, bushwalking and camping.

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