Blog : And what kind of machines we make!
Machine manufacturing involves the transformation of raw materials from primary industry (such as mining, agriculture, or forestry) into finished goods.
In much the same way as cars are manufactured, you need a great design, a supply chain of raw materials and specialised parts, people who know what they're doing and the facilities to make it happen.
As one of Australia's larger machinery manufacturers, we use careful processes to maximise efficiency and minimise waste—otherwise known as 'lean' manufacturing.
We're what's known as an 'engineer to order' business (as opposed to a 'make to stock', 'make to order' or 'make to assemble').
Our systems and processes are specific to 'engineer to order' and are designed to deliver complex bespoke designs in tight lead times.
Once we get an order to build a machine, the flow of the project through our business typically looks like this:
It's usually a fairly linear order of events. For urgent projects—such as Project Med-Con—some stages are run in parallel, however, it's much harder to streamline the manufacturing process when working this way.
Packaging is necessary to protect the products we buy every day and is now done mainly through the use of packaging automation.
Machinery plays an increasingly important role to:
Packaging machinery can be purchased as standard off-the-shelf equipment or be custom-made for specific operations.
The packaging machinery selection process includes an assessment of technical capabilities, labour requirements, worker safety, maintainability, serviceability, reliability, ability to integrate into the packaging line, capital cost, floor space, flexibility (change-overs, materials, multiple products, etc.), energy requirements, quality of outgoing packages, qualifications (for food, pharmaceuticals, etc.), throughput, efficiency, productivity, ergonomics, return on investment, and more. It's complicated and no small undertaking.
Large, fully automatic packaging lines can involve several pieces of major equipment from different manufactures as well as conveyors and ancillary equipment. Integrating such systems—that is, connecting them all up to ensure the line works smoothly and efficiently—can be a challenge, which is Foodmach’s superpower.
Foodmach makes or supplies the full range of packaging machinery, including complete, turn-key packaging lines:
It's in our DNA, which you can read about here.
But more than that—packaging machines are challenging, and it's hard to do them well.
They satisfy the engineering nerdiness within—that same urge that made us pull apart machines to see how they worked as kids, developed into a fascination with making really big and complex, yet elegant automation.
But we don't just love playing with robots and servo motors. Anything exciting will do. Our R&D team is busy solving automation problems for all kinds of applications.
If you have a problem that needs a smart, automated solution...