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Q&A: Making Food Safe Around The World

February 22, 2011 7:30 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has created a guidance featuring common criteria for food standards to make food safety compliance easier for the food industry. Food Manufacturing spoke with Zia Siddiqi of Orkin about GFSI and its pest control standards. Q: How does the Global Food Safety Initiative work? A: Following numerous food safety scares around the world, GFSI was created in May 2000 as a non-profit foundation focused on tackling international food safety issues.

What's Watson's End Game?

February 22, 2011 7:26 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

February 23, 2011 While I’m cautiously optimistic that we humans will not have to engage in a decades-long, post-apocalyptic war against power-hungry machines looking to wipe us off the face of the earth, I cannot help but wonder what the future holds for Watson and artificially intelligent computers like it.

Are You A Saw-Muri Warrior?

February 22, 2011 3:46 am | by Bruce Hamilton, OldLeanDude.org

I was joining a manager on a walk through his plant some time back, when we came upon an automatic cut-off saw that was cutting twelve-foot brass bars into four-foot lengths. The bed of the saw was about four feet high — just below chest height for me — but just above chest height for the employee who was tending and unloading the saw.

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Manufacturing Technology Up 85 Percent In 2010

February 22, 2011 3:24 am | by Douglas K. Woods, President, Association For Manufacturing Technology

At $66.17 million, December manufacturing technology consumption in the Northeast Region was 5.9 percent more than November’s $62.50 million and up 52.6 percent when compared with December 2009. The $589.79 million 2010 total was 74.4 percent more than the 2009 total. Manufacturing technology consumption in the Southern Region in December stood at $45.

America's Skilled Worker Shortage

February 17, 2011 12:43 pm | by Mike Collins, author of “Saving American Manufacturing”

According to a recent New York Times article: Despite the fact that there have been 2 million manufacturing employees laid off since 2007, manufacturers are still facing skilled worker shortages. According to the article, “Plenty of people are applying for jobs. The problem, the companies say, is a mismatch between the kind of skilled workers needed and the ranks of the unemployed.

You're One In An Undecillion

February 17, 2011 12:36 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO CNN Tech taught me a new word: Undecillion. That’s right … we’re making stuff up now. Numbers, in fact. If forced to guess what exists an undecillion times in our world — in order to require this made-up sounding number — I might start with plankton or fleas, grains of sand or former child actor felonies.

Cost-Based Purchasing Threatens Supply Chain Integrity

February 17, 2011 12:00 pm | by Bill Moore, Senior Vice President of Channel Management, SKF USA, Inc.

Distribution Process Faces Evolution Vs. Revolution   Business sectors throughout the industrial supply chain are encountering dramatic change: End users of equipment components and technology are enjoying unprecedented influence when interacting with industrial distributors.

Starch Producer Transforms Waste To Green Energy

February 17, 2011 11:57 am

Processing 1,200 tons of cassava roots a day, Chockyuenyong Industrial, headed by Tawatchai Yuenyong, uses GWE anaerobic technology supplied by local GWE agent Retech Energy with a capacity of 3,200 m3 effluent  a day. The installation provides wastewater cleanliness while generating green power and carbon credit profits as well, says GWE CEO Jean Pierre Ombregt, whose company has completed more than 300 water and waste water projects in more than 60 countries.

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Top Five Packaging Trends In 2011

February 16, 2011 3:08 am

At the start of each New Year, along with the usual all-too-soon forgotten resolutions, many industry experts make predictions about where their industry is headed during the upcoming year, usually in the format of trends to watch.

Q&A: Food Safety Modernization Act And Whistleblowing Protection

February 16, 2011 3:06 am | by Allen B. Roberts, a Member of the Labor and Employment Practice at EpsteinBeckerGreen

Most food manufacturers already know about the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) new guidelines requiring more FDA inspections and more oversight to prevent foodborne illness, but a little known aspect of the legislation could have just as big of an impact on the industry. Food Manufacturing spoke with Allen B.

Reaping The Green

February 14, 2011 7:26 am | by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Manufacturers have a lot to worry about these days. From the competitiveness of the global marketplace to the seemingly never-ending attempts at heightening efficiency, it’s easy to get bogged down in the minutiae without a clear idea as to where to begin.  But becoming bigger and better often requires some sort of expenditure.

The Forecast Is 'Cloudy' For Manufacturers

February 14, 2011 3:51 am | by Craig Hodges, general manager, U.S. Manufacturing and Resources Group, Microsoft

hile new processes, materials, and software tools are helping manufacturers rebound from the economic downturn, few technologies hold more promise for supporting a prosperous manufacturing future than the emergence of cloud computing. While perhaps vague in its meaning to some, most Americans actually have been relying on the cloud for many years.

Writing A Press Release For Success

February 14, 2011 3:49 am | by Steve Staedler, LePoidevin Marketing

After months of planning and preparation, it’s time to launch your new product. A critical element of any product launch is designing a marketing campaign to communicate its features and benefits to your target audiences and key influencers. One tactic that must be part of a marketing campaign launch is a press release.

Quality And Safety Systems: Dissecting The Food Safety Modernization Act

February 9, 2011 10:21 am

With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA is expected to roll out a number of new regulations and guidances for the food industry. Many sections of the FSMA identify areas that food companies should reflect on now and prepare for by looking at technology.

Let Them Eat Bugs

February 9, 2011 10:21 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Food prices are on the rise again, the polar icecaps are melting and the rainforest is burning. These problems have plagued the earth for years, but now one scientist claims he has one simple solution for all of them: eat bugs. Dutch Professor Arnold van Huis has dedicated himself to convincing the world to eat insects.

Staying On Schedule

February 9, 2011 3:17 am

Oberto Sausage Company is a family owned business that offers a complete portfolio of meat snacks, refrigerated sausage, and deli products for 89 years. Headquarted in Kent Washington, the more recognized Oberto brand names are Oh Boy! Oberto, Lowrey’s, Pacific Gold, and Smokecraft.

From Hand-Knit Sweaters To Hand-Farmed Food: Give Consumers A Choice

February 9, 2011 3:12 am | by Jeff Simmons, President of Elanco Animal Health

I recently saw an ad for a hand-knit sweater priced at $498 (discounted from $712). Figuring there had to be a better deal, I did an online search and found a sweater for $59. Both were blue. Both were available in my size…so why the price difference? One was knitted by hand requiring careful gauging, thousands of individual stitches and the laborious process of matching up the various pieces and sewing them together.

Q&A: Pasta Quality & Extrusion Technology Seminar

February 8, 2011 3:13 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Sharon Nowak, Global Business Development Manager, Food and Pharmaceutical, K-Tron The Basic Pasta Quality & Extrusion Technology Seminar will be held Feb. 9-11 , in San Antonio, Texas. Food Manufacturing spoke with Sharon Nowak of K-Tron about the seminar and some of the up and coming developments in the pasta industry.

Q&A: Using Automated Scheduling As A Strategic Advantage

February 7, 2011 3:12 am | by Greg Flessas, CEO, ScheduleSoft

Maintaining an efficient workforce scheduling system can be difficult and time consuming, but automated scheduling systems have been developed to ease the process. Food Manufacturing spoke with Greg Flessas of ScheduleSoft about automated scheduling and what it means for the food industry.

Take The Risk Out Of Load Shedding

February 7, 2011 3:11 am | by Bob Zak, President and General Manager, Powerit Solutions North America

Energy costs are a major operational expense for most food manufacturers — but you’re not at the mercy of your utility bills. With an advanced energy management system, you can control your energy use so that your facility runs at optimal efficiency, you pay the lowest possible rates, and you can participate in incentive programs that pay you for unused kilowatts.

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