The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: As the Food Safety Modernization Act begins to take effect, what should food manufacturers do to ensure that they are in compliance? Companies should assess their food safety programs and develop plans to ensure their compliance.
Nightmare scenario: The phone rings and you learn with dread that the problem you thought you had gotten rid of a month ago is back and bigger than ever. Your stomach sinks and your pulse quickens, as you scramble to find out exactly what is happening. AND you know it is only a matter of time before plant management will be showing up at your door to have a “serious” discussion.
Proper building operations and routine maintenance are critical to ensuring healthy indoor air quality (IAQ), says OSHA. While this may be the case, many manufacturers require a strong business case when it comes to investing in the best available technology to truly apply IAQ best practices.
The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What are some of the most overlooked energy management methods food manufacturers can employ to reduce their utility expenses? Most food plants aren’t controlling peak demand at all.
What are important issues food manufacturers must consider when making decisions about the implementation of instrumentation and weighing devices in their facilities? Water combined with high-pressure cleaning takes its toll on electronic equipment. Food production facilities are best suited for weight displays that carry an IP69K rating and are resistant to high-pressure water jets of up to 1,450 PSI and temperatures of up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit.
Jeff Owens is the President of Advanced Technology Services, a Peoria, Ill.-based company that provides outsourced production equipment maintenance, information technology assistance, and spare parts repair. The company utilizes extensive training programs to give engineers the knowledge necessary to troubleshoot and fix the high-tech manufacturing machinery of the 21st Century manufacturer, allowing these companies to focus on their production.
A recent report from AlixPartners posited a surprising finding in the field of continuous improvement (CI) programs for manufacturers: Most companies engaged in Lean, Sigma Six, or another toolkit are achieving a poor return on their investment, and appear to be only partially engaged in the process itself.
The first installment of "Ready For The Post-Incandescent Plant?" describes the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 and its implications for manufacturers. The Pay-Off Just how quickly can a new lighting system pay itself off? Well, it depends on a number of variables unique to a given manufacturing facility, such as the need for a backend retrofit as opposed to a simple re-lamp.
There have been a plethora of advice for job seekers on how to conduct a successful interview. However, there has not been much focus on the toughest interview of all, the one you face when you are over fifty. The over fifty-age group has the highest rate of unemployment today, and the highest level since the Great Depression.
The much-debated “phase-out” of incandescent light bulbs has struck a nerve with consumers and manufacturers alike recently, but the process began long ago, when the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 was passed into law. The bill, co-sponsored by 198 representatives, passed the House in January 2007, the Senate in June, and was signed into law on December 19 by President George W.
At Kepner-Tregoe, we do a fair amount of problem-solving facilitation. A client will call us up and say, “We’ve got this problem, and we’ve been working on it for months, and we still don’t have a consensus on the cause. It’s gotten so bad that you can’t even ask a question without getting into a political fight.
San Francisco’s TCHO chocolate company has made strategic decisions in sourcing, production and technology that have vaulted this young chocolatier into the stratosphere of high-quality U.S. chocolate-makers. TCHO was founded in 2007 by Timothy Childs, founder of Cabaret Chocolates and a former engineer of vision systems used in NASA space shuttles.
A report last month in Nature revealed new research suggesting that gut bacteria might play a much more prominent role in health and obesity than previously suspected. This study coincides with a proliferation of research on the benefits of probiotic bacteria. With bacteria-related illnesses like Clostridium difficile on the rise , consumers are becoming more aware of the role that gut bacteria play in their health.
Manufacturing is one of the most dangerous industries around, but safety can be greatly improved by taking basic measures — one of the simplest being providing workers with protective clothing. Food Manufacturing spoke with Gary Zumstein of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics and Roger McKee of G&K Services about how clothing and other safety apparel can help protect food manufacturers on the job.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) recently launched its Food Safety program, which is designed to help food processors address industry issues, such as increasing regulation and consumer awareness of food safety issues. Food Manufacturing spoke with Hank Lambert of UL about the new program and how food manufacturers can improve product safety.
Information technology (IT) departments are challenged to provide solutions that enable productivity and agility to face the market and consumer demands. Manual processes, inefficiencies and a lack of accountability add to the mix. Improved IT infrastructure becomes a key component in facilitating better decision-making, profitability, customer satisfaction and efficiency of operations.
Three keys to effective print advertising . The financial lifeblood of most magazines, consumer or trade, is advertising. Magazines need them to help pay the bills, and advertisers need them to communicate to their target audiences. But not all ads are made the same. The goal of an effective ad is to relay a single message.
Next time you stop for a cup of coffee, you can help support American jobs. For the price of a gingerbread latte, you can do your part “to help get this country back up on its feet,” complete with symbolic wristband, available with a $5 donation and emblazoned with the word “indivisible.
Every fall, I try to get in a horrible zombie movie. During the movie, the characters are never prepared, and are always without a shotgun, a chainsaw, and an Oldsmobile Delta-88 with which to escape. How could they possibly survive a zombie apocalypse? My first stop in just such an event would be Westlake Ace Hardware, complete with their Zombie Preparedness Center .
Allergies can be one of the most dangerous food-related illnesses, especially in children, with as many as one in 13 U.S. kids affected. While many allergic reactions like dizziness or rashes may be mild, it is estimated that nearly 40 percent of allergic reactions can be severe — or even fatal.