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One Ingredient at a Time, Consumers are Changing the Food Industry

May 21, 2015 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

Consumers are learning to voice their concerns through social media, advocacy groups, consumer surveys and petitions — announcing to the food industry exactly what they want and do not want in their food supply. But are food companies listening?

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ISM: Hiring Signals More Good Things To Come

July 6, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 73rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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4 Steps To Increase Supplier Adoption In Your Supply Chain

July 6, 2015 9:45 am | by Brad Huff, Executive Vice President & General Manager, TAKE Supply Chain

Want better supplier adoption of your procurement portal? Start by asking your own sales staff. Here are four steps you can take to increase supplier adoption, utilization, and satisfaction with your procurement portal.

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking to Implement Big Data

July 2, 2015 2:20 pm | by Kevin Beasley, CIO, VAI

Typically when we think of big data, we think of large corporations that have the tools and resources to make sense of all their data. However, mid-market companies are beginning to explore how to leverage big data effectively, too.

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Is Your Food Processing Plant Safe From Listeria?

July 2, 2015 10:45 am | by Joe Bove, PE, Vice President, Design, Stellar

Listeria is a foodborne illness that can have dire consequences — sometimes, deadly. The bacteria is characteristically persistent, able to not only thrive for years, but within frozen storage and outside of the expected environments, such as meat processing plants.

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4 Forklifts and Lifting Equipment Safety Tips: A Workplace Safety Primer

July 1, 2015 12:40 pm | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Director, Cerasis

Unless you’re superman, you’re not going to be lifting heavy pallets anytime soon. Enter the forklift. Forklifts are great tools for businesses that need them. But, they can also be very dangerous.

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How Does Improving MRO Inventory Management Reduce Maintenance Cost?

July 1, 2015 7:25 am | by Wally Wilson

Controlling the cost for equipment repairs requires careful management of the Maintenance, Repair and Operational (MRO) spare parts inventory.

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Gap Analysis: Driving ROI

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Bilal Paracha

A gap analysis can move manufacturing facilities into the future of business intelligence. Forward-thinking owners should consider platforms that provide insight into their data warehouses and will connect various systems in order to gain data traceability.

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The New Manufacturing: How Businesses Today Can Best Use 3D Printing

June 30, 2015 10:20 am | by Chris Elsworthy

One of the key adopters that will fuel the mainstream 3D printing industry will be small businesses.

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5 Project Management Lessons For Manufacturing

June 29, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andreas Tremet

Unlike other industries, the manufacturing and production industry is no novice when it comes to project management. Nevertheless, staying focused on how best to execute project management tactics is often hard and overlooked.

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Don't Sleep Through a Chance at Maximum Efficiency

June 26, 2015 12:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

In manufacturing, “efficiency” is key. It is one of those buzzwords that grabs people’s attention and holds their interest. However, efficiency on the plant floor isn’t just a result of all the production lines and industrial equipment working as it should.

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Clear Flexible Food Packaging Showcases Freshness, Visual Appeal

June 26, 2015 9:35 am | by Kevin Young and Markus Hoedebeck, Mondi North America, Consumer Goods Packaging

See-through flexible packaging is one of the hottest trends in the food industry. Fueling the trend are both technical and social forces.

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3 Ways to Prevent Food Plant Electrical System Malfunctions

June 25, 2015 11:20 am | by Jud Walker, Stellar

Do you give enough care and consideration to your food processing facility’s electrical equipment? Jud Walker, a senior electrical engineer for Stellar, discusses electrical safety, systems maintenance and more in this article.

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Increasing Efficiency Through iQagent. Q&A With Bob Meads

June 25, 2015 10:00 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

In manufacturing, machine failure and unplanned downtime can be exceptionally costly. Efficiency becomes the name of the game, and that’s where iQagent comes in.

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Food Research at the Microscale

June 25, 2015 9:30 am | by Jeffrey McGinn, President and Director of Instrument Sales at McCrone Microscopes and Accessories, Westmont, Ill.

Recent advances in polarized thermal stage microscopy have served to enhance the research performed in laboratories within the food industry, and allow for the study of a wide range of substances.

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Business Intelligence Helps Manufacturers Keep Smart, Stay Sharp

June 25, 2015 9:05 am | by Daniel Erickson

In this age of Big Data, it is possible for manufacturers to warehouse and mine internal and external data, and use this data to their advantage.

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Milk Offers Health Benefits and Innovation Opportunities

June 24, 2015 2:20 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

When the milk industry moved away from the “Got Milk” tagline last year after 20 years of featuring smiling celebrities with milk mustaches, it wasn’t because consumers didn’t love the ads. It was because the campaign didn’t stop the steady downward slide in Americans’ milk consumption.

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Lessons Not Learned: The Tale of the Repeat Recall Offenders

June 24, 2015 8:15 am | by Kelly Kuchinski, Product Marketing Director, Sparta Systems

At the end of the day, preventing recalls is about working smarter, not harder. Automation allows food companies to keep track of their processes across the entire supply chain in the most efficient manner, proactively preventing them from shipping out contaminated products, avoiding recalls and keeping consumers happy.

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The Impact of the FDA Banning PHOs in the US

June 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Andrew Phillips, Jim Neale and Angela Spivey, McGuireWoods LLP

The FDA’s determination that PHOs are no longer GRAS has widespread implications for many manufacturers and producers. While the three-year implementation period appears reasonable, the plaintiffs’ bar likely will argue that the Order opens the door to civil litigation during the implementation period.

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7 Tips for a Successful Enterprise Software Implementation

June 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Sameer Bhatia

Purchasing a new enterprise application is an important step your company can take toward becoming a better business. But like all new workplace initiatives, just because you build it doesn't mean that they will come.

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Document Management: From Windows To Widgets — The Advantage Is Clear

June 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by Jeff Frankel

Increasing efficiency, productivity and gaining competitive advantage are only some of the reasons manufacturing companies large and small are turning to document management systems.

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