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The Value Of Social Software In Manufacturing

January 19, 2011 3:02 am | by Abhay Prasad, Senior Manager, Cisco

Enterprise social software holds the promise of changing the way employees in enterprises interact with each other. Let’s take a look at how ESS can be applied to the core functional areas within a typical manufacturing value chain. For the uninitiated, Enterprise social software (ESS) applications provide some of the same features that social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube offer, but customized to the enterprise with real-time collaboration features.

Optimizing Solar Potential

January 19, 2011 3:01 am | by Dr. Gilad Almogy, CEO, Cogenra Solar

With an uncertain economic climate, food manufacturers are now more than ever looking to cut costs and foster long-term financial stability. It’s no surprise that the energy-intensive nature of food processing leaves many producers vulnerable to rising electricity and fuel prices. These financial motivators coupled with new environmental guidelines and strict industry regulations are prompting many food manufacturers to reassess how to most effectively meet their energy needs.

National Security At The Dinner Table

January 18, 2011 3:28 am | by Frank Pisciotta, CSC, President, Business Protection Specialists, Inc. Bill Ramsey, Corporate Security Director, McCormick & Company, Inc.

National security has always been an important issue in our country. It continues to become even more important in 2011 as we’re nearly a decade removed from the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks that followed. A shift in our mindset forced U.S. citizens into a new heightened awareness of our country’s security and what it means to be safe.

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How Can Electrical Load Shedding Benefit You?

January 17, 2011 3:34 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.

Don’t Worry, They’re Just Drunk

January 17, 2011 3:33 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

It wasn’t the answer I was expecting, but I’ll take it. The dozens of birds found dead in Romania on Saturday was the latest in a spate of mass bird deaths around the world. Whereas no concrete explanations have been found for the deaths reported throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, Romanian officials were able to trace the problem back to a substance known as “marc” — the residue left over from wine grape processing.

Keeping The Loading Dock Safe

January 14, 2011 3:59 am | by Walt Swietlik, Customer Relations Manager, Rite-Hite Corporation

How to tackle the most common hazards in and around the loading dock for a safer, more efficient food manufacturing operation Things move fast in food manufacturing, especially when it comes to the transfer of materials at the loading dock and throughout the plant or warehouse. But moving fast doesn’t diminish the importance of safety.

Q&A: Happy Can-niversary, The Evolution Of The Can

January 14, 2011 3:54 am | by Robert Budway, President, Can Manufacturing Institute

Cans first landed on the scene in 1810, and the food industry has never been the same. Food and beverage cans have come a long way—from the first handmade iron cans to the fully recyclable aluminum and steel cans of today. This year marks the 200th birthday of the food can and the 75th of the beverage can, so Food Manufacturing spoke with Robert Budway, President of the Can Manufacturing Institute, to celebrate the can-niversary.

Food Safety: For The Birds

January 12, 2011 3:37 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

This story first appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of Food Manufacturing . West Liberty Foods employees handle finished turkey product on one of the company's many slicing lines. West Liberty Foods emphasizes Good Manufacturing Practices and role-based separations of its workspace to keep its Iowa facilities and poultry products safe.

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Marrying ERP And Social Media

January 11, 2011 3:10 am

Ubiquitous and highly intuitive consumer technology, the increasingly distributed and geographically dispersed nature of the workforce and the spectacular rise of social media are all influencing the way business software is deployed and used. Company-wide enterprise applications including enterprise resource planning (ERP) and enterprise asset management are not immune from these trends.

Safety In A Bottle

January 10, 2011 3:33 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

This Editor's Note first appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of Food Manufacturing . Though reports on the safety of using BPA in plastic packaging conflict, the industry must ensure that the chemical is safe at all exposure levels. As someone who has begun to feel more comfortable inside a convention hall than inside my living room, I’m very happy to report that November’s PACK EXPO was definitely the busiest trade show I’ve been to this year.

Job-Friendly Economic Development

January 10, 2011 3:31 am | by Mike Collins, author of Saving American Manufacturing

This article first appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of IMPO . I have found that there is a big disconnect between what business owners want out of economic development, and what state agencies provide. Most businesses, particularly manufacturers, would like to have an economic development model that is extremely business-oriented and totally focused on just recruiting companies and creating jobs.

Food Industry Equipment Supply Chain: Evolution or Revolution?

January 7, 2011 3:17 am | by Bill Moore, Sr. VP, Channel Management, SKF USA Inc.

Under the traditional supply chain, if the ABC Food Manufacturing Co. needs a new roller bearing for a large mixer, for example, it has historically contacted its industrial distributor for the part. On-time delivery of the right quality component was virtually assured through the process, which has been refined over generations of interaction between buyer and seller.

Why Green Cleaning Makes 'Cents'

January 7, 2011 3:16 am | by Jill Kohls, Marketing Programs Manager, Nilfisk Advance, Inc.

Why clean green? Floor scrubbers should be flexible enough to allow the operator to choose where to apply extra water or detergent, such as in higher-traffic or spill areas. There are many reasons why distribution centers, warehouses, manufacturing plants, and processing facilities can benefit from a green floor-cleaning program.

Employee Engagement: More Than A Buzz Word

January 5, 2011 3:58 am | by Karin Lindner, Founder, Karico Performance Solutions

In today's hectic work environment, quick fixes are often favored over long-term solutions. Immediate improvements can be had when “band-aid” solutions are used to put out the fires, but these fixes rarely last. Short-term gain very often results in long-term pain. Management can no longer rely on old solutions because the problems we are facing in this fast-paced, competitive business environment are new.

Brainstorm: Food Grade Lubricants

January 5, 2011 3:57 am | by Ian Davidson, Global Industrial Marketing Manager, Mobil Industrial Lubricants

Lubricants are made up of approximately 90 percent base oil and 10 percent additive package. These percentages may vary but one constant is that the base oil makes up the largest percentage of the lubricant. The better the base stock, the more predictable the serviceability of the lubricant. Synthetics can be easily cost justified and offer the greatest versatility and performance.

Marketing Toward Success In 2011

January 4, 2011 3:18 am | by Steve Staedler, Senior Account Executive, LePoidevin Marketing

Marketing. Everyone has certainly heard the term before, and most probably have a good idea of what it is. But when it comes to fully understanding how marketing can help a food manufacturer in a business-to-business (B2B) environment, the term can become a bit more ambiguous. Marketing is about promoting your brand and communicating your story to your target audiences.

Q&A: The Link Between Goal Alignment And Staying Competitive

December 29, 2010 5:53 am | by Jayson Saba, Research Analyst, Human Capital Management, Aberdeen

Manufacturers are faced with a number of challenges, including driving revenue growth, improving compliance and streamlining operations. A recent study by the Aberdeen Group draws a link between talent management processes and the overall success of meeting these everyday challenges. Food Manufacturing spoke with Jayson Saba of the Aberdeen Group, about these findings and what they mean for manufacturers.

Using The Supply Chain To Promote Company Growth

December 29, 2010 5:53 am | by Taylor Jones, Sales Executive, BridgeNet Solutions, Inc.

Even companies that are adept at running their supply chains efficiently and cost-effectively tend not to see the supply chain as an area of the company which might enable them to achieve actual company growth. The supply chain is seen as a drain rather than as a tool that could be used to increase budgets.

Q&A: Near-Shoring: The Growth Of Manufacturing In Mexico

December 21, 2010 8:24 am | by Maria Elena Rigoli, President, Collectron International Management, Inc.

In a tough economy, many manufacturers are seeking ways to reduce costs. While offshoring jobs to locations like India and China has become popular, “near-shoring” to Mexico may be an appealing alternative for food processors. Food Manufacturing spoke with Maria Elena Rigoli, president of Collectron International Management, Inc.

Q&A: The Decline Of U.S. Manufacturing & The Reshoring Initiative

December 21, 2010 8:23 am | by Harry Moser, Founder, Reshoring Initiative

As more and more manufacturers hope to reduce costs by offshoring, U.S. manufacturing is on the decline. Food Manufacturing spoke with Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, about his take on the fall of American manufacturing and the fight to rebuild it. Q: Could you provide some background information as to how you have been involved in the effort to keep manufacturing jobs in America? A: For 20 years while I was President of Agie Charmilles, I also promoted skilled manufacturing careers .

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