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15 November, 2023

How Healthy Is your Barcode: Why Barcode Quality Is Non-Negotiable for Operations Success

Barcodes are an integral part of the world we live in today and with poor print quality, it can have significant impacts on businesses and supply chains. This is why understanding barcode's quality, their function and how to maintain barcode's health is crucial.

22 September, 2023

Power of Pixels: Transforming Product Identification and Traceability with 2D Codes

2D barcodes have seen a surge in popularity across numerous industries due to the need for improved traceability. These compact codes are reshaping product identification, improving supply chains, and enhancing customer engagement.

3 July, 2023

PEAL labelling: Sneaky little ingredients hiding in plain sight

Food businesses in Australia and New Zealand must comply with new Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) requirements by 25 February 2024. If you are printing ingredients on labels for food or beverages, you may need to take action to ensure your equipment and labels are PEAL compliant. 

24 April, 2023

Beyond the surface: How to choose a label that entices and endures

Your custom label has one of the biggest jobs in selling your product and providing consumers with the right information. Regardless of whether you need a custom printed prime label or a custom size or colour for your blank label, every facet of your label is customisable.

26 April, 2022

At the juncture of barcoding maturity: Decoding 2DBarcodes

What started as a means for retailers and supermarkets to look-up pricing over fifty years ago has become an accepted global standard. Fast forward to today, there is an increasing trend of brands moving towards additional barcode formats such as 2DBarcodes for improved traceability and anti-counterfeiting measures. 

4 April, 2022

Showcasing industry-leading coding, marking and labelling solutions at AUSPACK 2022 

In the first face-to-face food and beverage focused event in Australia since COVID-related lockdowns and restrictions, insignia will be showcasing its leading range of coding, marking and labelling solutions at AUSPACK 2022.
If you’re an Australian manufacturer in food and beverage, transport and logistics, or retail sectors, here’s five reasons to visit us there.

11 November, 2021

5 ways insignia are committed to sustainability and contributing to a circular economy

With the Australian Government’s commitment to nationally agreed 2025 recycled content targets, sustainability is no longer considered a ‘nice to have’ it’s a ‘must have’. As a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant (APCO), insignia are taking strides to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier planet. 

26 October, 2020

How 2D barcodes are transforming the supply chain

The traditional linear EAN-13 barcode has been used for decades and is seen on all retail products around the world, however they can only hold a limited amount of product information. With the push to improve traceability within supply chains, suppliers and retailers alike are seeing the potential in using modern, 'data-rich' 2D  barcodes at the Point of Sale (POS). 

8 June, 2020

Shelf ready packaging for retail 

With the rapidly changing demands of the retail space it’s more important than ever to stay abreast of changes in standards and technology. After success in the wider European market, Shelf Ready Packaging has been rapidly growing in the Australasian market, with increasing support from retailers including Aldi, Coles, and Woolworths.

9 June, 2020

Ready meals - coding and technology

The ready made meals industry have faced a spike in demand from time-poor consumers searching for convenience. When operating under time sensitive schedules it is essential your printer and printer supplier offer these four fundamental value points to ensure supply chains run efficiently and goods reach customers on time and with ease.

9 June, 2020

Advantages of mobility in the warehouse

In the age of e-commerce and the ‘I want it now’ consumer attitude, the definition of the warehouse has had to adapt to keep up with the increase in demand. Consumers are wanting orders delivered faster, with 70% of consumers expecting their goods within 4 days and with 100% accuracy.

9 June, 2020

What Makes the Ideal Thermal Label Printer for Transport and Logistics?

Within the Transport and Logistic industry, the slightest operational errors can heavily impact delivery schedules. When operating under time sensitive schedules it is essential your printer and printer supplier offer these four fundamental value points to ensure supply chains run efficiently and goods reach customers on time and with ease.

9 June, 2020

Thermal inkjet, a technology interrupter

Thermal ink jet technology uses disposable ink jet cartridges, which means very clean and simple consumable/fluid replacement, and minimal maintenance.

8 June, 2020

The difference between direct thermal and thermal transfer label printing

To ensure traceability and accuracy in the supply chain it is essential the right label is chosen for the application and environment, but what's the difference? Take a look at our guide to determine which application is the right fit for your business.

8 June, 2020

Supply chain traceability

When it comes to production, shipment and the bottom line, nothing is more critical than the ability to track and trace products through each stage of the supply chain. With millions of pallets dispatched each year, it's clear that high quality barcoding for logistics units trade units, and consumer units are of critical importance.

8 June, 2020

The advantages of automated labelling

Automation has a long history in manufacturing, allowing manufacturers to streamline their production, saving time and money. See how automating your logistics labelling can help increase output and accuracy in your operations.

8 June, 2020

The cost of poor labelling in logistics and the supply chain

Regardless of industry, labelling is a key component of any supply chain. It ensures the traceability and accountability of a product throughout the entire process from the manufacturer to the consumer. However, without the right processes in place, the cost of poor labelling can skyrocket.

8 June, 2020

When is the right time to upgrade your label printer?

Label printers have become an integral component of many businesses. Particularly in supply chains and logistics, printer failure can cause critical issues, such as unplanned downtime and failures in traceability. So, the question is when is the right time upgrade?

8 June, 2020

Increasing output and accuracy with automated labelling

Automation has a long history in manufacturing, allowing manufacturers to streamline their production, saving time and money. See how automating your logistics labelling can help increase output and accuracy in your operations.

2 June, 2020

Cutting the cost of double handling

In today's changing and competitive workplace it can be a struggle to keep up with everything that needs to be achieved in the day. Time seems to be against you. Continuous Improvement and Lean practices can help remove some elements from the day-to-day activities that your customers don't value – even some processes that could impact on them negatively.

2 June, 2020

How cloud-enabled injket technologies are helping manufacturers in a COVID-19 world

Prior to the global pandemic, Australian manufacturers were already adopting and investing in Industry 4.0 to remain maximise efficiency and reduce downtime. Remote workforce capabilities now offers efficiency of cyber connected systems allowing manufacturers to rapidly adapt.

2 June, 2020

The four commandments of coding

From its key role in supply chain traceability to providing use-by dates for consumers, the importance of consistent, high quality coding cannot be overstated.

2 June, 2020

Automating quality control

45% of manufacturers acknowledge that there is considerable room for improvement when it comes to proactively preventing problems with assets within their organisation. Despite the recognition of this clear need, the perceived and actual costs of investing in improvements in this area can often be a deterrent.

2 June, 2020

Shaping Industry 4.0 for maximum efficiency in coding and marking

Coding and marking is a small but integral part of production within many industry sectors such as food, beverage, and pharmaceutical plants across the globe.

2 June, 2020

Current and future state of field mobility

While enterprise mobility devices have empowered the field service industry for the over a decade, recent developments in digital trends have been transforming the industry to deliver even higher levels of efficiency and performance.

2 June, 2020

IIoT in the supply chain

With new technology revolutionising manufacturing and retailing processes at every point in the supply chain, we are now looking to take a dive into the world of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT is a central technology for Industry 4.0 and is linked to other core concepts, including system integration, big data, and cloud computing. 

2 June, 2020

Characteristics of a highly effective label

In the context of product labelling, the label can be the difference between someone buying your product or the competitors’ that’s next on the shelf. What are the 5 characteristics that can give you the competitive advantage? 

2 June, 2020

Looks matter when it comes to taste

Driven by impulse, consumers often make decisions based on a product's aesthetic appearance, making label design a key competitive advantage in food manufacturing.

2 June, 2020

Protect traceability by ensuring your barcodes are up to standard

When presented with the task of barcoding a new product, it can seem like a daunting concept. If not done correctly it can cause significant operational, financial and legal costs. Although in saying that, they’re not to be feared. By following our checklist, you can ensure the quality of your barcode is up to standard and will scan every time.

2 June, 2020

The intelligent, autonomous and fully-connected future for manufacturing

Industry 4.0 and smart factories are the future of manufacturing and a lot closer than we think. Technological advancements available today are helping gather vital manufacturing and machine performance data to make automated improvements and aid in making informed decisions in operational processes.

2 June, 2020

3 ways barcoding can help you improve and compete

Take a closer look at some key benefits of barcoding and uncover opportunities to improve and enhance your business processes and help you to become more competitive.

2 June, 2020

What is flexographic printing?

Combining high press speeds, excellent print quality and an efficient plate and colour change regimen, flexographic printing is recognized globally as the label industry’s leading printing technology.

2 June, 2020

Make the first repair call the right call with android

Upgrading to a modern OS offers great advantages for field service operators, by enabling technicians to access technical specifications, inventory information and communicate with customers remotely. This contributes to improving repair rates, ensures the right parts are on hand, and reduces repeat calls – improving customer satisfaction.

2 June, 2020

Benefits of perforated backing paper

Perforating your label backing paper is an economical and efficient solution that offers the flexibility to store and use labels in different ways. We've listed the top four ways perforated labels can increase efficiency and make processes easier.

2 June, 2020

Challenges faced in the beverage environment

Every industry presents its own set of obstacles when it comes to coding and marking, and beverage canning is no different. When investing into a coding solution for challenging canning environments, there are certain requirements that must be considered to ensure your technology can provide optimal uptime and reliability.

2 June, 2020

Thermal labelling myths... busted

There are many urban myths surrounding thermal labels, so we've consulted with our in-house experts to see if we could bust some of them wide open!

2 June, 2020

Taking a closer look at labels

A label is much more than a sticky piece of paper! Printed, colourful labels identify, distinguish and promote your brand – bringing it to life. Barcoded shipping labels help get your product to its destination. Even the simplest product would be quite lost without its label.

2 June, 2020

Sustainable packaging and labels

Sustainable packaging is making its mark as the way of the future. It’s no longer simply trendy to have sustainable packaging but an expectation of the consumer. Consumers have long had a degree of influence over decisions made by brands, however the sustainability movement extends far beyond this transactional relationship.

2 June, 2020

3 ways Domino FE Filters are better for the environment and your budget 

Fume and particle extraction is an essential part of the laser scribing process - we share 3 ways that Domino's FE filters are better for both the environment and your budget.

2 June, 2020

Introducing the Domino F720i Fibre Laser Coder

The industry-leading Domino F720i Fibre Laser continues to stretch the boundaries of innovation to deliver even greater operational efficiencies, highest uptime and lowest impact on OEE for the beverage canning sector.

2 June, 2020

3 quick tips to improve your warehouse barcode labels

Barcode labels play a critical role in most warehouses. Whether they are product labels, bin location labels, picking labels, or address labels for shipping and transport, the majority are printed in the warehouse using thermal label printers. These simple and easy-to-implement warehouse barcode label tips can have a big impact on your warehouse efficiency and provide immediate benefits.

2 June, 2020

How IoT is transforming the field service sector

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the connection of devices to the internet and each other, enabling the automatic transmission of data over wireless networks without human intervention. Research shows that over 80% of businesses within the Field Service sector said IoT will be the largest strategic technology initiative for their business in a decade.

2 June, 2020

Country of Origin labelling

Country of Origin Labelling tells us where a product was grown, manufactured or packaged. This law applies to all packaged and some unpackaged foods offered or suitable for retail sale in Australia.

2 June, 2020

Can you afford not to go mobile?

Medium to large warehouses relying on stationary desktop printers are suffering waste in floor space, productivity and labelling errors - we discuss how upgrading to mobile printers can resolve these areas of waste and introduce cost benefits.

2 June, 2020

Egg coding benefits

With the implementation of legal requirements for traceability throughout the egg supply chain, it is more imperative than ever that egg producers are using high quality coding equipment. Domino's Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) printers can produce high quality, durable codes that can be seamlessly integrated into production lines.

2 June, 2020

Alternative coding solutions for beverage canning

With beverage code sizes increasing and line speeds getting faster, new technology may hold the key to unlock the next level of performance. Taking this into consideration, fibre laser technology represents an alternative option to CIJ, with key benefits for customers that have to code large volumes of product, but also wish to avoid fluid usage.

2 June, 2020

GHS labelling standards

Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemical, or GHS are mandatory global standards developed by the United Nations and designed to standardise chemical classifications, labelling and data sheets.