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Food Safety Update: Equipment Acquisition

October 15, 2013 12:00 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

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

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Turning Around the Grain Train

October 15, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

By installing a new top-of-the-line milling system and maintaining a zero-waste food and ethanol processing method, LifeLine Foods in St. Joseph, Mo., is on its way to becoming one of the premier corn milling facilities in the United States.

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Five Quick Questions: Preventing Waste Along The Food Chain

October 14, 2013 12:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

As the statistics on food waste continue to rise and awareness of those statistics becomes more pronounced, Dr. Ron Cotterman, Vice President of Sustainability at Sealed Air, weighs in with food waste awareness and prevention strategies for the manufacturer.

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Pet Treat Company Optimizes Quality and Efficiency with Wireless Temperature Sensors

October 11, 2013 12:00 pm | by Evan Lubofsky, Onset

Mountain Country Foods is a family-run business that has evolved from a small beef jerky manufacturer to one of the largest pet treat manufacturers in the U.S. The company recently has added a network of wireless environmental monitoring sensors to its operation to streamline and optimize the QA function.

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Pot Pies and Auto Supplies

October 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Jeff Mengel, Audit Partner & Craig Zampa, Consulting Manager of Information Technology Consulting, Plante Moran

Manufacturers and distributors in the food and beverage industry have their own unique set of challenges that need to be successfully addressed before investing large amounts of capital into a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suite.

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The IT Mission: Proving IT Works for a Company’s Bottom Line

October 10, 2013 12:00 pm | by Dr. Chris Bart, Professor of Strategy and Governance, McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business

Often, the biggest challenge IT departments face during budget reviews is proving their value to the bottom line of their company. One novel and underused technique for doing this is for IT to prove that it is vital to the success of the organization’s mission.

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How Much Do Your Groceries Cost?

October 10, 2013 8:00 am | by Doug Wallace, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering

Just like the cost of our groceries doesn’t stop at the checkout line, the cost of your inventory doesn’t stop at the receiving dock. So as we head downstairs to rummage through our stockpiles, now might be a good time for you to head to your raw material and MRO storerooms and ask yourself, “How much do our groceries really cost?”

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U.S. Manufacturing in Position to Regain Millions of Jobs by 2020

October 9, 2013 12:00 pm | by Kristopher Settle, Energy Curtailment Specialists

U.S. manufacturing underwent a very successful July, based on the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly factory index. The ISM index sprung to 55.4 in July — up from an average of 50.2 from April to June this year, and far exceeding industry expectations.

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The Days Of Squeezing Suppliers Are Over

October 9, 2013 8:00 am | by Diane Palmquist, Vice President of Manufacturing Industry Solutions, GT Nexus

Squeezing suppliers can be counterproductive to manufacturers, but a fast-moving evolution is occurring in the way suppliers are managed. As a result, an internal shift is happening that is breaking down barriers between the treasury, procurement and supply chain departments.

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Robots Are Not the Enemy

October 8, 2013 12:00 pm | by Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” The notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity.

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"Made in America": The Competitiveness Imperative

October 8, 2013 8:00 am | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Politicians love promoting "made in America" during an election season but tend to forget about it once the dust settles. So, for all the praise of American manufacturing in the last campaign, very little has actually been done. So what happened to a real competitiveness and jobs agenda?

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There Are Now 31 Flavors Of Manufacturing Cloud ERP

October 7, 2013 12:00 pm | by Pat Garrehy, Rootstock President & CEO

Collaboration through the supply chain, performed with a variety of mobile devices, is now the norm.  While manufacturers limped along with their legacy ERP system through the global business changes, they are now choking because their legacy On-Premise solutions have not been — and cannot be — changed to meet this rapidly changing environment.

Q&A: A Little Ozone Can Be a Good Thing

October 7, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Proper sanitization is always a concern in the food industry, as foodborne pathogens often lurk and grow in hidden, hard-to-reach areas in processing environments. Food Manufacturing spoke with Tony Reed of Dow Microbial Control about how ozone sanitation can help prevent microbial contamination.

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5 Quick Questions: Software Investment Priorities

October 4, 2013 11:33 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Tom Comstock and his company, Apriso, have visibility throughout the manufacturing sector, and with a company name that is derived from the Spanish term for quickly, he would seem to be the perfect candidate for our latest “5 Quick Questions” segment.

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ISM: Manufacturing Momentum Continues

October 4, 2013 8:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing expanded in September as the PMI registered 56.2 percent, which was an increase of 0.5 percentage point when compared to August’s reading of 55.7 percent. September’s reading reflects the highest overall PMI reading in 2013.

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Shop Floor Work Instructions Made Easier with PLM

October 3, 2013 12:00 pm | by Margaret Furleigh, Siemens PLM Software

How do you create the work instructions for your shop floor workers? If you’re using paper-based methods to create and communicate work instructions, or finding your electronic methods cumbersome, you may want to consider switching to interactive, PLM-based electronic work instruction.

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Spare Parts Inventory: An Exercise In Risk Management, Part 2

October 3, 2013 8:00 am | by Joel Levitt, Phillip Slater

In all cases of risk management, there are four options available for the management of the risk. As you evaluate each risk, you need to then adopt a management strategy based on the chosen option adopted for that risk or class of risks.

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5 Quick Questions: BRIC Deceleration

October 2, 2013 12:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

 A closer look at the factors contributing to slowing growth rates in Brazil, Russia, India and China offers insight on the next collection of emerging markets. For quite some time, the subset of countries known as the BRICs have been the primary targets of U.S. manufacturers looking for either less expensive production settings or a new market in which to grow.  

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Spare Parts Inventory: An Exercise in Risk Management, Part 1

October 2, 2013 8:00 am | by Joel Levitt, Phillip Slater

Just like your car insurance is a way to minimize the financial consequence of a car crash and backing up your files is a way to minimize the consequence of a computer crash, spare parts inventory is a way to minimize the consequence of an equipment crash.

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The Top Three Trends to Consider for Your Next ERP Upgrade

October 1, 2013 12:00 pm | by Kim MacIntosh, attune Consulting

As manufacturers look to the future, their next enterprise resource planning (ERP) upgrade presents an ideal forcing function for change, bringing together key stakeholders to make decisions about incorporating new technology innovations.

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