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Daily news and top headlines for food manufacturing professionals

Your Motto: Be Prepared!

June 6, 2014 12:45 pm

The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many manufacturers, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people. How would you react to a serious safety incident?

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Q&A: Trapping Ethylene May Extend Shelf Life of Food

June 6, 2014 9:24 am

It’sFresh!, a company delivering solutions to enhance food freshness and reduce food waste, announced a new sustainability goal; the diversion of 10 million pounds of fruit from the waste-stream by 2015 as a result of its technology by trapping ethylene.

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Cyber Threats: Protecting Manufacturing Assets

June 5, 2014 2:30 pm

The threat that cyberattacks pose to manufacturers can be seen in the plethora of counterfeit products that flood the global marketplace every year. Manufacturing companies must accept that if their product has value, it’s a target for cyber criminals.

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American Manufacturing: Can it Be Revived?

June 5, 2014 8:45 am

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturers that need to be addressed with action.

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Jack Keough on Starting Your Own Business

June 4, 2014 2:11 pm

More people are taking the plunge to start their own business despite the slow economy, according to a report.  More than eight in 10 U.S. small-business owners say they would still become a small-business owner if they had to do it over again. 

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ISM: Manufacturing on Target With Predictions

June 4, 2014 8:30 am

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 60th consecutive month, says the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

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Software Integration With Hardware Crucial for Product Development

June 3, 2014 2:27 pm

Manufacturers have difficulty integrating software with hardware in product development. Why does this integration matter? In a word, money. Research and development investments for high-tech companies can represent 20 percent of annual revenues.

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Wearable Technology in the Manufacturing Workplace

June 3, 2014 8:30 am

Many think that wearable technology may soon become a valuable tool in the manufacturing workplace. Wearable technology has the potential to transform manufacturing processes, improve productivity, increase efficiency, and even enhance employee engagement.

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10 Tips for Safe Use of Aerial Lifts

June 2, 2014 2:33 pm

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for workers. These operating tips are critical steps that a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) operator can take to reduce the likelihood of a potential fall.   

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Food, the FTC and the Risks of Social Media Promotions

June 2, 2014 11:12 am

Pinterest has become a popular social media outlet for companies to promote their brands among the sites users who “pin” images to show ideas for different projects. Many companies have made contests and sweepstakes an important part of their Pinterest strategy.

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Coffee Production: How Too Many SKUs Can Drag Down Profits

May 30, 2014 8:45 am

Strategic planning is especially critical for coffee producers to avoid this proliferation of SKUs. While you may not be able to anticipate all of your customers’ unique needs, your strategic plan can establish guidelines and processes to help manage requests. 

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Manufacturers Weigh In on the Idea of 'Big Data'

May 29, 2014 1:47 pm

The term "Big Data" can be misleading if you don't know the context. This concept is still both nascent and broad enough that nobody is entirely sure how it will play out in manufacturing, although the possibilities are overarching and potentially transformative. 

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Manufacturers Need to Change the Way They Think About Their IT

May 29, 2014 11:00 am

The question to ponder is: what is the value in making a paradigm shift in a manufacturing firms approach to IT? Although many organizations have begun to change their approach to IT, manufacturing firms in particular, have been slow to latch on to this trend regarding IT.  

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Manufacturing and the Decline of the Middle Class, Part One

May 28, 2014 12:37 pm

It does not appear that the jobs being created in the post-industrial economy are going to halt the decline of the middle class or improve living standards. But more importantly, manufacturing is the key to innovation, new products, exports, and economic growth.

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NNMI — A Boon For Smaller Manufacturers?

May 27, 2014 12:32 pm

Even if a manufacturer isn’t near one of the NNMI hubs, it doesn’t mean that they can’t collaborate or take away some of the innovative spirit. Simply paying attention to what’s happening at the hubs is a good start. The network is there, if you look for it.  

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Digesting the Rise of Food Labeling Regulations

May 27, 2014 8:15 am

If you create, sell, distribute or supply food products, you will be required to revisit your label designs due to three key labeling initiatives. A Barcode Labeling Software can help suppliers comply with track and trace procedures, increasing visibility of allergens and emphasizing nutrition facts.  

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Brainstorm: Labeling Pt. 3

May 23, 2014 11:59 am

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations  in food labeling should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer and how are they best implemented?

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The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 23, 2014 10:15 am

In such a fast-paced industry, it can be difficult to maintain accuracy. Automation can be very helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also be helpful in preventing costly mistakes, which can lead to product waste and recalls. 

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Brainstorm: Labeling Pt. 2

May 22, 2014 1:04 pm

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations in food labeling should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer and how are they best implemented?

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Why the Cloud?

May 22, 2014 8:30 am

Manufacturers recognize that better data management can make them more competitive. The next wave in manufacturing does not change the fact that making a quality product at a low cost is the key to manufacturing success.    

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