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TRIBUTE TO CHRIS BISHOP

In 2004 an excited Chris Bishop bought a major shareholding in Foodmach. His enthusiasm for supporting an Australian manufacturer was infectious. He quickly built a rapport with the Foodmach team, from top to bottom.

Chris was a larger than life personality, with many stories to tell about his involvement in the packaging industry for many decades. One of Chris’s famous lines was 'I am a very fortunate 10-pound pom!'

Chris had many friends in our industry and was highly respected.

Chris was Chairman of Foodmach from 2004 to 2015, before divesting and moving on to semi-retirement. 

The whole Foodmach team is saddened by Chris’s passing on Monday, August 27, 2018.

We offer our condolences to Chris’s family and friends.

May he rest in peace.

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TRIBUTE TO CHRIS BISHOP

DULUX MERRIFIELD INDUSTRY 4.0 SUCCESS

DuluxGroup's new $165M greenfield site in North Melbourne has been in operation for three months, with outstanding results. Foodmach supplied all the depalletising, conveying systems, robotic orientation, AGV and laser coding/labelling systems, integrating our equipment with equipment purchased from international OEMs, and provided an over-arching line control system able to handle all the challenges of batch paint production, now and into the future.

The Dulux name is synonymous with quality and innovation. It is consistently voted one of the most trusted brands in Australia overall—across any product category. 

“We face the enormous challenge of wanting to offer both small and large quantities of paint economically, and in our customary high quality,” says Kevin Worrell, Project Director at Dulux Australia. “We wanted to make sure that our new factory would be future-proofed to allow us to respond quickly to the latest trends, create new business opportunities and remain at the leading edge of paint manufacturing well into the future.” 

"This (new) factory is really, really agile. We’ve got the ability to go down to as small as one pallet of paint in a batch, to 30 000 litres of paint in a single batch. That agility gives us an advantage over the opposition. We can now make batches in 1/50th of the size, in 1/8th of the time."

"We’re able to virtually eliminate manual interventions – reducing from approximately 75,000 per annum – giving us repeatability and pin-point accuracy with our recipes."

"Industry 4.0 is the future. Foodmach are right at the cutting edge... a great partner to take you in that journey."

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DULUX MERRIFIELD INDUSTRY 4.0 SUCCESS
DULUX MERRIFIELD INDUSTRY 4.0 SUCCESS

Foodmach made Australian agent for Robopac

Foodmach announced an agreement with Italy-based Robopac to take on the agency for Robopac pallet stretch wrappers. The agreement includes sales, service and support of all Robopac fully automatic stretch wrappers in Australia. This range of pallet wrapping solutions complements existing palletizing solutions in the portfolio and enables Foodmach to supply complete end-of-line packaging solutions to Australian manufacturers.

In addition to pallet wrappers, this agreement gives Foodmach access to the complete range of Robopac case packers, including Dimac and Prasmatic.

“Robopac fully automatic pallet wrappers come with revolutionary cube technology,” explains Tim Baron, Product Manager at Foodmach. “This intelligent technology automates the pallet wrapping process and provides exactly the right amount of film, at the right position on the load, with the right containment force to correctly wrap loads and ensure that they reach customers in as-made condition. They also reduce film usage by up to 55%.”

Smart packaging technologies like Robopac cube technology allow Foodmach to deliver on their vision to give packaging line managers more speed and control than ever before.

“This announcement follows on from our distribution agreement with Markem-Imaje for coding and labelling in December last year and endorses Foodmach’s position as a highly respected and capable partner for premium packaging automation suppliers from Europe,” said Foodmach Chief Customer Officer, Earle Roberts.

“All new solutions complement our ability to design and deliver a complete packaging line solution, from end-to-end, with local automation, engineering and manufacturing expertise supplied from our Echuca factory”, he continued.

Foodmach is partnering with cutting-edge technology suppliers, re-imagining traditional packaging lines into smart factories and building expertise in emerging automation technologies for Industry 4.0 to build world-class packaging lines in Australia.

For more information on the Robopac range, call Foodmach on 1800 FOODMACH.

Read this coverage on Packaging News.

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Foodmach made Australian agent for Robopac

WORLD-FIRST CAN/BOTTLE FILLER FOR LION

Foodmach has teamed up with Lion to bring a ‘new to world’ filler to the Australian market. The filler is new technology released by Vipoll at Drinktec in Munich late last year and is the first in the world to be able to run glass bottles, aluminium beverage cans and PET bottles through the one machine. The Vipoll Visitron will be installed by Foodmach as part of a major line upgrade at one of Lion’s iconic craft breweries.

The filler is a monoblock rinser/filler/capper/seamer and delivers Lion the flexibility to run both bottles and cans in less than half the footprint separate fillers would have required. The use of universal grippers allows for fast changeovers from cans to bottles (less than 30 minutes), and between bottle sizes as required. The filler will be one of the first of its type installed globally and will be in operation by the end of the year.

Read more at Food & Drink Business

WORLD-FIRST CAN/BOTTLE FILLER FOR LION

SMART FACTORIES ARE HERE

A global study has revealed that nearly half of Asia Pacific manufacturers will have smart factories by 2022.

PKN Packaging News reports that manufacturers will continue to adopt Industry 4.0 and the smart factory. Workers will use a combination of radio frequency identification (RFID), wearable technologies, automated systems and other emerging technologies to monitor the physical processes of the plant and enable companies to make decentralised decisions.

Manufacturers expect to expand the level of technology use between now and 2022, specifically mobile technology (27% vs 72%), wearable technology (33% vs 65%), location tracking (38% vs 51%), and voice technology (45% vs 51%)....

Read more at PKN Packaging News

SMART FACTORIES ARE HERE

Markem-Imaje appoints Foodmach as distributor

Global coding and marking specialist, Markem-Imaje, has appointed Foodmach as its new authorised Sales & Service distributor in regional Victoria, regional NSW and South Australia, effective from 1 Dec 2017.

“We are confident that Foodmach we will strengthen Markem-Imaje’s presence and ability to serve our customers in a more efficient and effective way. The newly formed partnership will see an expanded offering, which will support the growth of our business and an increase of our service level,” said Frank Giordano-Hauser, Channel & OEM sales manager, Oceania, Markem-Imaje.

Leading the business will be Tim Baron, who joins Foodmach from Sick Australia and will take up the role of Business Manager, Coding and Labelling.

Foodmach will also employ two Markem-Imaje team members based in South Australia: Rachel Harding, account manager and Jake Parry, service engineer.

Read the full story at PKN Packaging News

Markem-Imaje appoints Foodmach as distributor
Markem-Imaje appoints Foodmach as distributor

WAYNE PEARSE JOINS THE SAFETY TEAM

Foodmach has a dedicated team of electrical and safety accredited engineers and software programmers leading the way in safety compliance in Australia/New Zealand. We are happy to announce that Wayne Pearse has just joined our dedicated Safety Team.

Wayne is highly regarded in the industry. He is TÜV Rheinland certified as a Functional Safety Expert and Engineer for Machine Safety, and has 18 years of experience in the manufacturing industries, designing and implementing modern safety systems based on Rockwell Automation and Pilz safety automation solutions. He is an authorised TÜV Functional Safety trainer, delivering Functional Machine Safety training for customers in Australia/New Zealand and the Asia Pacific.

 Here’s why your business could benefit from a safety audit by Wayne and our dedicated team of experts. We can:

• Identify existing hazards

• Identify potential hazards before they have the chance to become dangerous

• Help develop risk-reduction plans that can be practically implemented

Call us on 1800 571 825 or email service@foodmach.com.au to see how we can help you meet increasingly strict legal and standard requirements.

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WAYNE PEARSE JOINS THE SAFETY TEAM

DR RYM KACHOURI APPOINTED TO APPMA BOARD

Four new directors have been appointed to the National Board of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA).

Foodmach is proud to announce that our very own Dr Rym Kachouri was unanimously voted in at the Annual Board Meeting in September. Dr Kachouri is the Service & Product Manager for Foodmach, driving our agency lines and 3rd party product development. She was previously the Technical Manager for Heuft System Technik GMBH in Shanghai, and Post Doctoral Researcher for Pharmazentrum-Biozentrum in Switzerland.

The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association is the only national organisation to represent the packaging and processing machinery industry. Members include manufacturers and importers who are major suppliers to the food, beverage, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, veterinary and household packaging industries.

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DR RYM KACHOURI APPOINTED TO APPMA BOARD

FOODMACH APPOINTS NEW CCO

Packaging automation integrator Foodmach has appointed Earle Roberts to its team in the newly created role of Chief Customer Officer.

The former CEO of Fibre King, Roberts will now be responsible for sales, marketing and service at Foodmach with a focus on customer expansion and extending the company’s range of offerings. Roberts brings over 20 years’ experience in the Australian packaging equipment industry.

Foodmach director Peter Marks said he was pleased Roberts could bring his extensive experience and skills to the table. Roberts was equally looking forward to working with the packaging automation integrator.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join Foodmach’s high-quality team,” he said.

Read more at PKN Packaging News

FOODMACH APPOINTS NEW CCO