Foodmach announces the passing of Director Peter Marks.
CEO Earle Roberts: 'It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our friend and colleague, Peter Marks, who passed away on the 10th of February aged 66 from cancer. His absence will be deeply felt by the entire Foodmach team.'
Peter held the position of Director of Capability and Export for the company and has been a central figure in the Australian packaging industry for decades. He started with Foodmach in 1977 and, together with four coworkers, led a management buyout in 2002. Peter and his co-directors have worked full time within the business since then, nurturing the team through year-on-year growth. In his 44 years with the company, he worked in design, manufacturing, project management, installations, sales, estimating and R&D.
Earle Roberts: 'Peter was a visionary whose warmth and empathy touched everyone. He was loved by many in the wider packaging industry from customers to partners and competitors alike. Our thoughts are with his wife Maggie, his daughter, Steph and his son and daughter-in-law Cameron and Roberta.'
Finance Director, Ian Whiting: ‘Foodmach’s Echuca factory is like a family unit, and Peter was one of our most important members. We will miss his dry wit and can-do philosophy.'
Operations Director, Dallas Coote: 'Our personal heartbreak aside, we can never replace Peter’s special kind of leadership. He somehow managed to be actively connected to everyone in the business across all departments. He led with the kind of enthusiasm for a great idea that made us all want to dig in and help.'
Peter was the driving force behind Foodmach’s recent Project Med-Con, which saw the company re-engineering Australia’s only medical mask machine in 60 days. His career highlight was the award-winning Robomatrix, which set the standard for high speed palletising and fast product changeovers in Australia.
Geoff Murdoch, Director: 'Peter’s true legacy is a thriving Australian business that will continue to provide a livelihood for hundreds of talented engineers, designers, manufacturing and tradespeople and their families.'
'It has been a privilege to work by his side.'
Foodmach has introduced a new way to finance its range of packaging line automation.
Foodmach FLEX allows manufacturers to pay only for the output of the equipment, not the equipment itself.
The Machinery-as-a-Service (MaaS) financing model has long been used by makers of office equipment, medical devices and jet engines. It is proven and trusted, and now it can help Australia’s FMCG manufacturers compete in our increasingly tough business environment.
Said Foodmach Director, Phil Biggs: 'Conventional machinery supply arrangements force end-users to buy equipment, when what they really want are results. FMCG manufacturers may not necessarily want, for example, a case packer. What they really need is a packed case, a filled bottle or a wrapped pallet. A machinery-as-a-service model allows FMCG manufacturers to buy what they want in the first place, which is output of in-spec products.'
'It’s important to recognise that this model is much more than just an equipment financing deal. The end-user is entering into a manufacturing service agreement, with both parties aligned in the sole objective of maximising machine reliability and product output. The OEM wins only when the manufacturer wins, so ongoing performance optimisation is built-in to the agreement.'
Foodmach has appointed Chris Yule as National Sales Manager, effective immediately.
Chris leads a team of six sales and technical support engineers around Australia focused on Foodmach’s core offerings. The team works alongside the Technology Products and International sales teams. The position was created after CEO Earle Roberts was promoted from Chief Customer Officer twelve months ago.
Chris previously held the title of National Sales Engineer at Foodmach. He has been with the company for 13 years in various roles in engineering and sales, with a break overseas.
'People are the reason I returned to Foodmach eight years ago, both the staff and our customers,' he said. 'Spending time overseas gave me an even greater appreciation of Foodmach’s positive work culture and the exciting partnerships we have with our FMCG and industrial customers.'
Earle Roberts: 'Chris’ experience across the entire spectrum of engineering roles within the business make him exceptionally well-qualified to lead the sales team.'
Chris says he's looking forward to further enhancing Foodmach’s range of products and services.
Foodmach has been asked to build another four mask machines for Med-Con—bringing the total to seven.
The extra seven machines will increase Med-Con's annual production from 2 million to 160 million masks a year, with delivery of the first 60 million to the Federal Government by November.
Project Med-Con, which sees a 40-year-old machine design recreated within 8 weeks is now nearing completion.
'With nearly 1,000 unique parts in each machine in terms of individual designs and all up nearly 6,000 parts across the three machines, it's been quite an undertaking.' said Foodmach CEO, Earle Roberts. 'We've had to design, manufacturer or procure all of them. The project has tested our internal capacity and our supply chains, which, I'm happy to report, all performed above and beyond expectation.'
Foodmach has been recruited to build equipment that will enable Australia’s only current manufacturer of surgical masks to increase production by 2,500%
The COVID-19 crisis is causing critical supply-chain shortages in Australia as overseas suppliers look to satisfy local demand first. Stocks of surgical masks need to be replenished urgently if COVID-19 cases continue to grow. In response, the Australian Government is developing innovative arrangements with agile companies who can respond to the urgent demand for supplies.
Med-Con, based near Shepparton, Victoria, is the only factory in Australia still making surgical masks, but only has three machines. With the help of the Australian Defence Force, a 40-year-old machine design will be recreated within 8 weeks, with two more machines delivered within 12 weeks.
Project updates can be followed on the project log.
Packaging automation manufacturer and integrator Foodmach has been appointed as the supplier for 4 Pines Brookvale’s new, state-of-the-art filling line.
Due to commence operation in September 2020, the line upgrade will enable the Brookvale facility to package bottles and cans.
Chris Willcock, Chief Brewer, 4 Pines Brewing Company: ‘Cans are an increasingly relevant section of the craft beer market and the beer market in general. They’re a vessel very well-suited to a variety of drinking occasions and something we really needed to provide to our customers alongside our diverse range of bottled beer products. The challenge at Brookvale has been our restricted space, which makes it impossible to build a second pack line exclusively for standard and sleek can filling. Off-site filling was an option, but it’s expensive and elevates our risk of problems with product quality.’
The Foodmach team’s thoughts are with all those impacted by the terrible bushfires across the nation.
Foodmach has announced it will be supporting the Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund through the FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) and staff donations will be matched dollar for dollar.
The FRRR is reminding the public that recovery takes time, and help will be needed for many years to come. Donations made now to the FRRR's Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund will be invested, and the returns used to ensure funds are available for community-led initiatives when disaster-affected communities are ready for support. FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton says that pooling and investing these funds also means that one donation can have an impact for years to come. Grants from FRRR's Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund will support the needs that typically emerge 12-18 months after a disaster event – such as support for fatigued volunteer leaders, repairing vital community infrastructure, supporting the capacity of local not-for-profit organisations, or ensuring psychological support is available.
'At a time like this, all Australians need to pull together. We take our responsibility to our regional communities seriously.' says Foodmach CEO, Earle Roberts. 'And we all need to pitch in to help solve the critical issues. Foodmach has invested heavily in solar power and has applied lean manufacturing principles to the entire organisation. Over the longer term, we will be taking actions to further reduce our carbon footprint.'
Foodbank's Annual Hamper Packing Program reaches $1 Million in donations.
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), in conjunction with the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), ran their 9th annual Foodbank Hamper Packing Day in Brisbane on the 6th December with 270 volunteers packing 1200 Family Hampers, 300 Ladies Packs, 200 Back to School Packs and writing personal messages on 1700 Christmas cards.
Food relief organisation Foodbank will hand out the hampers to Queenslanders in need at Christmas. Foodmach co-sponsored the event with industry partners and Foodmach team member Richard Jensen joined the volunteers on the day.
Burt Beaumont from the AIP organising committee said: 'The AIP and the SCLAA are very proud to officially hit the $1 Million mark in donations and funds this year and to have now packed 10,000 hampers for those in need. We thank Foodmach and all our sponsors so very much, not only for your continued donation towards the Hampers but also the time you took to come and spend the day with us and share the magic that is our Foodbank Day.'
Foodbank is the largest hunger-relief charity in Australia.
Foodmach’s 5400m2 factory in Echuca, Victoria was fitted with a 100K/W solar system in 2013.
To date, the system has yielded 1 gigawatt of energy, representing over 700 tonnes of CO2 emissions reduction—or the equivalent of a car travelling 3.5 million kilometres.
The electricity generated would be enough to power the 5,900 plus houses in Echuca for nearly a week.
Foodmach CEO Earle Roberts: ‘We installed the solar panels and LED lighting in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate ever-increasing power costs. Foodmach is committed to the sustainability and competitiveness of our products and we’re constantly looking for ways to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency.’
Foodmach has appointed Earle Roberts as Chief Executive Officer, effective as of July 01st, 2019.
Earle has performed the role of Chief Customer Officer for Foodmach since March 2017, managing sales, marketing and service.
The former CEO of Fibre King, Earle brings to Foodmach 25+ years of experience and leadership in advanced manufacturing, automation and machinery, engineering and robotics. He is excited about the prospects for the business and the opportunities they present for the 120-strong team of specialists at Foodmach:
'Truly great businesses value their employees as much as their customers. We’re equally focused on our team members’ job satisfaction and skill development as we are on the development of smart factories and increased profitability for customers. My philosophy is that you can’t have one without the other'.
PKN Packaging News reports: 'Roberts has boosted Foodmach’s fortunes since taking up the role of CCO, including a recent hat trick at the APPMA Awards of Excellence in March, where the company collected awards for Best New Product, Customer Collaboration, and Best Imported Product.'
Change everything… without changing anything!
Foodmach will partner with Systech to demonstrate UniSecure at Stand #810 at the Australian Wine Trade Exhibition, WineTech 2019—Adelaide Convention Centre July 22-24th.
UniSecure is the only proven product authentication solution that leverages existing product barcodes and packaging to create a unique e-Fingerprint® that cannot be duplicated.
Using unique micro-variations in printed barcodes, UniSecure provides authentication and traceability without the need for any additional unique covert or overt technologies on each individual product.
Foodmach has introduced UniSecure® for traceability in Australia and New Zealand.
The packaging and processing machinery industry’s top achievers were announced last night (Wednesday, 27 March 2019) in the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence.
Foodmach won the Customer Collaboration Award for Foodmach's turnkey project at Dulux Merrifield's Industry 4.0 factory of the future.
Foodmach also won Best New Product Award and Best Imported Equipment Award for the GEA Vipoll ALL IN ONE filler—which can accommodate both carbonated and still beverages, either hot or cold filling, and fills bottles and cans in multiple formats—and was first installed at Lion's Malt Shovel Craft Brewery.
Thank you to the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association and the judging panels, Dulux for a great partnership and Lion and GEA
Pictured here: Director Peter Marks, CCO Earle Roberts, Service & Product Manager Dr Rym Kachouri collecting awards for Foodmach.
The finalists in the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence have been announced. Foodmach is a finalist in three categories for the Dulux Merrifield Industry 4.0 project and the groundbreaking Vipoll ALL IN ONE filler.
Industry-leading OEMs are among the finalists in the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Awards of Excellence announced today. With a record number of entries for this year's awards programme – 50 submissions across five award categories – the judges had their task cut out for them.
APPMA chairman Mark Dingley said, “We had an overwhelming response... This was the highest number of entries we’ve had and shows the value the industry places on this award program.”
Foodmach's collaboration with Dulux for the Merrifield project has resulted in 'one of the top Industry 4.0 batch plants in the world'. The
Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony on 27 March as part of AUSPACK 2019 Packaging & Processing conference and exhibition.
Historically, the only way to combat counterfeit and diversion risks in the supply chain successfully is to uniquely identify and authenticate individual products. This was done by adding additional unique covert or overt technologies to each product. Foodmach is introducing game-changing technology to Australia and New Zealand.
Foodmach has signed a partnership agreement with Systech (USA) who have developed anti-counterfeit technology that doesn’t require any additional technology, code or symbology on the consumer packaging. They use inherent variances in the normal barcode printing process to uniquely identify each product produced.
Systech UniSecure® is the only proven, non-additive, product authentication solution that leverages existing product barcodes and packaging to create a unique signature that cannot be duplicated. It ensures product authenticity, protects brand equity and assures consumer safety.
Systech will be demonstrating the new technology alongside Foodmach at AUSPACK 2019. For more information, contact us.
Foodmach will present a preview of its fast and flexible packaging technology at Auspack, Stand E065:
We challenge ourselves to put you behind the wheel of the most powerful production line solution possible, so our comprehensive range of flexible automation accommodates every packaging need, from filling, labelling, inspecting through to conveying, case packing, palletising and pallet wrapping.
Even better—we integrate all our equipment with your existing line and give you a line management system that gives you useful live data and full operational control. We can get you closer to Industry 4.0 for less.
Come and see us in action at Auspack!
Foodmach is proud to announce the launch of its first export project to China.
Polished Robotics is a Foodmach venture that expands its automation offer to robotic surface finishing, laser applications and assembly—and opens up new international markets to its Australian-made innovation. The first project sees successful delivery and installation of a robot finishing cell to Foshan Superband, one of the world’s largest aluminium foundries. Polished Robotics harnesses Foodmach’s manufacturing skills and expertise in robotics automation systems. Foodmach’s strength in automation in the domestic Australian food and beverage market positions it well to entering this dynamic industrial automation space.
The Grand Opening will be held at Foshan Nanhai Superband Mould Co., Ltd on the 14th December with ribbon cutting by Paul Sanda, Australian Senior Trade Commissioner, and the Deputy Consul General, based in Guangzhou. Superband senior management and Foodmach directors Peter Marks and Geoff Murdoch will be in attendance.
They are typically robust and reliable, but—like all equipment—do need regular maintenance and consumables such as inks, solvents, labels, ribbons etc to keep running.
They also sometimes break down or perform out of specifications because of maintenance issues, setting issues, product changes etc.
Foodmach's new Code One package turns variable coding and labelling costs into one fixed, low monthly cost.
For one monthly fee, we supply the printer, spare parts, service and even printing consumables. We take care of the lot.
At the end of the 5-year period, you can choose whether to continue with the rental, upgrade the equipment, or buy the equipment for an attractive price.
Foodmach can even supply our product traceability software solutions as a part of a Code One package, for complete control of product traceability and finances.
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.
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
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
“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
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Foodmach has teamed up with Lion to bring a ‘new to world’ filler to the Australian market.
The filler is new technology released by
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
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%)
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.
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 email@example.com to see how we can help you meet increasingly strict legal and standard requirements.
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.
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.