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Fork Authority

June 15, 2012 9:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

There’s more to the forklift story these days, as functionality improves and dealers and aftermarket parts providers help guide users towards better safety and maintenance practices.

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Heineken Brewery Looks To Beamex For Calibration Management

June 15, 2012 8:00 am | by Beamex

In Sevilla, 2 years after its start and with an investment of over 300 million Euros, the new brewery of Heineken España S.A., is nearly completed. It is called “jumbo” because of the magnitude of the project, which has been built at record speed.

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Private Labels Go Mainstream — And Upscale

June 14, 2012 10:46 am | by Peter Chalmers, Product Manager, Primera Technology, Inc.

Driven partly by the economic downturn and by retailers’ savvy marketing and customer loyalty strategies, private label products are claiming a greater share of store shelves and consumer cupboards.

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The Role Of Sustainable Product And Factory Design

June 14, 2012 9:50 am | by Sarah Krasley and Emma Stewart, Ph.D., Autodesk Inc.

By examining the entire lifecycle of the manufactured product — from the conceptual design of the product through to its end-of-life — rather than simply the manufacturing process itself, enterprises will find ways to compete successfully in this new operating environment.

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Q&A: Simplifying The CPG-Retailer Connection

June 13, 2012 11:41 am | by Rob Byrne, Founder and CEO, Terra Technology

Manufacturers of consumer packaged goods (CPG) need to work closely with retailers of all sizes in order to get their products into the right hands, but that relationship is oftentimes complex and difficult to anticipate.

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ISM: Manufacturing Is 'Resilient'

June 13, 2012 9:32 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Resilient and strong are two of the best words to describe the current state of manufacturing in the United States, at least according to the May Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Redirecting Resources To Growth And Innovation

June 12, 2012 12:13 pm | by HP Managed Print Services

HP Managed Print Services (MPS) was initiated by General Mills to streamline and support its key corporate initiatives. By simplifying print management using HP Managed Print Services, General Mills is saving more than $1 million per year — more than a 50% reduction compared to its pre-MPS cost per printed page.

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False Advertising Claims On The Rise

June 12, 2012 9:48 am | by Robert D. Towey, Litigation Practice, Lowenstein Sandler and Aurora F. Parrilla, Associate, Lowenstein Sandler

Food companies often find themselves besieged by complaints from consumers and competitors for false or misleading advertising. The risks are especially high when products feature hard-to-define claims such as “fresh” or “natural.”

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Intelligent Design

June 11, 2012 9:49 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As equipment requirements in manufacturing facilities and distribution centers have advanced past the basics, even the conveyor has gone from simply a belt, some rollers, and some rails to a high tech piece of equipment that can talk to the user by way of integrated automation systems.

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Ditch The Paper (Part II)

June 11, 2012 9:24 am | by Nick Sprau, Metafile Information Systems

In many cases, paper is the natural enemy of efficiency and a major “blind spot” for management and executives. When information and data is stored on voluminous quantities of paper, it cannot be shared, tracked, or acted upon efficiently.

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The Right Business System for Going Global

June 8, 2012 1:09 pm | by Jennifer Schulze, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing, SAP

This article provides a three step framework for executives to think through their key enterprise system requirements as they prepare to build global operations for their company.

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Making 'Mobility' More Than A Buzzword

June 8, 2012 9:39 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

A new kind of business mobility has emerged in today’s high-tech business environment, and it differs greatly from the traditional definition of the concept. It’s more complex, it’s more fluid, and it has yet to be totally defined.

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Five Key Elements Of A Successful Manufacturing Website

June 7, 2012 12:46 pm | by Derek Singleton, ERP Analyst, Software Advice

These days, just having a website isn’t enough to generate online business. To truly capitalize on the online opportunity — and generate more leads — manufacturers need to create a website that meets buyer expectations.

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Talent Management Solution Yields Fruitful Results

June 7, 2012 9:40 am | by JP Guay, Regional Manager, Halogen Software

Passionate about engaging people and implementing creative solutions that support best practices, a human resources manager at a fruit snack company looked forward to tapping into the organization’s nearly 400 employees to help increase productivity.

Business Change Is A Personal Thing

June 6, 2012 12:59 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Successful performance improvement, business change, and process change does not occur simply because we re-organize and provide some training. Performance changes only when behavior changes. Behavior change occurs through interpersonal influence.

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Leading Inefficiency Indicators

June 6, 2012 9:19 am | by Bruce Hamilton, Founder, OldLeanDude.org

The founder of LeanOldDude.org presents a few leading indicators of plant inefficiency. They jump right out at you if look for them.

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Ditch The Paper

June 5, 2012 1:24 pm | by Nick Sprau, Metafile Information Systems

In many cases, paper is the natural enemy of efficiency and a major “blind spot” for management and executives. When information and data is stored on voluminous quantities of paper, it cannot be shared, tracked, or acted upon efficiently.

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Get The Most Intelligence Value From Existing ERP Data

June 5, 2012 8:30 am | by Matt Walker, EVP of Supply Chain, TAKE Solutions

As manufacturers pursue performance improvements in cost, quality and delivery, they often find that data collected from their ERP systems do not provide an effective level of manufacturing intelligence. 

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Q&A: Overcoming Private Label Challenges

June 4, 2012 11:57 am | by Jérôme Malavoy, CEO, TraceOne

Jérôme Malavoy of TraceOne discusses challenges facing private label manufacturers and how manufacturers most effectively can overcome these challenges and increase profitability.

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Q&A: The Complete Package

June 4, 2012 9:49 am | by Scott Pleune, VP, Marketing Research Consultant, Packaging, Priority Metrics Group

Food Manufacturing spoke with Scott Pleune of Priority Metrics Group about recent trends in food packaging and how manufacturers can utilize the latest packaging tools to improve their operations.

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