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Smart System Supervises Champagne Fermentation

February 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Stéphane Fournier, Manager, SF2I

Veuve Clicquot is a French champagne house known the world over. The house does not compromise on quality and its motto is 'Only one quality — the finest.' In order to ensure it always makes the finest champagne, it also needs to be able to closely supervise its production systems.

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Protecting Manufacturing from Hackers' Favorite Tool: Social Engineering

February 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Multz, Director of Midmarket North America, Dell SecureWorks

As James Cagney would say, “You dirty, double-crossing rat.” That’s the sentiment businesses feel after falling for “social engineering” tactics. Social engineers pretend to be someone they’re not in hopes that you fall for one of their ploys.

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Bottled Water Trends for 2014

February 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Chris Hogan, Vice President of Communications, the International Bottled Water Association

When compared to other packaged beverage categories, it becomes clear that bottled water’s growth can be attributed to a ‘shift-in-consumption’ trend, with the soft drink category experiencing its eighth consecutive year of volume loss.

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Recruit and Retain: Strategies to Close the Manufacturing Talent Gap

February 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Turner, president and founder, Turner Machine Company

It’s now more important than ever that manufacturing leaders focus on employee recruitment and retention if they aim for future growth. To properly recruit the talent you need to grow your business, you must first identify what that talent looks like.

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Brainstorm: Disaster Prevention (Part II)

February 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Matt Brady, Vice President of Business Development, Federal Signal Corporation

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 solutions can food manufacturers put in place to prevent potential disasters and increase employee safety?

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Brainstorm: Disaster Prevention (Part I)

February 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Terry Franklin, Technical Sales Director, GreCon, Inc.

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 solutions can food manufacturers put in place to prevent potential disasters and increase employee safety?

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Q&A: How Manufacturers Can SAVE FOOD

February 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Food waste drains food manufacturers’ resources and profits. Data on the issue is shocking. For example, 40 percent of all food produced in less-developed countries spoils every day before it reaches consumers. Data like this are alerting the food industry to the necessity of preventing food waste.

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Q&A: How Amazon Could Change 'B2B'

February 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Amazon Supply aims to take on the role that industrial distributors have been doing for decades — supplying much-needed parts or MRO products to manufacturers in a timely, regular fashion. Linda Taddonio, co-founder and eCommerce strategy officer at Insite, provides insight on this development.

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Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout the Supply Chain

February 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

An impact to one segment of the supply chain can have a domino-like effect that can be immediately felt throughout the entire supply chain. Keri Dawson of MetricStream discusses the importance of establishing and enforcing a compliance program that ensures the quality and safety of food and beverage products.

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Federal Watchdog’s New Teeth: How to Prepare for FDA’s Mandatory Food Recalls

February 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Heather Angus-Lee

The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expected to leave their mark on more food companies, forcing the halt of distribution of suspect products — and that could affect your own supply chain. Fortunately, software technology can help ensure your business never makes it onto the FSMA mandatory food recall list.

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Going Global: Navigating Import and Export Safety Regulations

February 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Thomas F. Segalla, Andrew J. Scholz and Leah A. Brndjar, Goldberg Segalla

As food manufacturers capitalize on expanding opportunities to source locally and globally, they are required take a proactive approach to navigate through different governments’ complex laws in order to minimize potential risks like confiscation, regulatory enforcement, outbreak and liability.

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ISM: Extreme Weather Cools Down Manufacturing

February 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Food Safety Update: Juice Processing

February 7, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer our readers insight into the state of food safety issues and concerns across the industry. We received hundreds of responses to this month’s survey on juice processing.

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Manufacturing Economic Environment Is a ‘Concern’

February 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor

The Manufacturing Institute recently honored Denise Stanislawczyk, Operations Manager of ABB’s Measurement Products, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award. In this interview, Denise discusses women's place in the field, current challenges in the industry and how those challenges might be overcome.

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Nestlé Waters LEEDs the Way with Sustainable Packaging

February 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Nestlé Waters North America is the largest bottled water company by volume in the United States. The company prides itself on its sustainability efforts, including its many LEED-certified facilities and eco-friendly packaging. Today, Nestlé Waters has 10 LEED certified plants, encompassing 3.7 million square feet.

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How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong

February 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

There is much debate over the effectiveness of outsourcing, the effect it has had on “American” brand quality and the effect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession. In some cases, it has proven to be a good move. In some cases, it has proven disastrous.

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Where Will ERP Go in 2014?

February 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Ruth Raistrick, Head of Client Services, K3 Syspro

With 2014 having just begun, it seems timely to take a look at what we can expect from enterprise resource planning (ERP) during the next 12 months. There are plenty of well-known predictions — like in all sorts of industries, adoption of cloud is likely to increase and mobilization will come into its own.

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Solving the Production Puzzle to Improve Your Bottom Line

February 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Every day, plant planners are expected to solve extremely complex puzzles — which operation will run on which line, how many of each part needs to be produced, how will each step happen at the right time — and they often lack the proper tools to do the job.

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The Basics of Internal Auditing

January 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Karen Spencer, Quality Manager, Clinkenbeard, Inc.

Internal auditing is performed for a variety of reasons. Some of the benefits of internal auditing include to catch issues before they become issues, to prevent customers from receiving nonconforming material and to ensure that the business practices are being followed.

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Manufacturers Are Leaving China, But Where Are They Headed?

January 31, 2014 8:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, but it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around a U.S. unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring than reshoring, as many of these businesses — along with their jobs — head to Mexico.

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