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Five Point Plan For Becoming A Digital Enterprise By 2020

November 16, 2015 4:30 pm | by Larry Korak

As manufacturers strive to be on the front line of innovation, they must stop, look, listen and plan their strategy for being the Digital Enterprise of the future.


Contract Lifecycle Management: Adding Immediate Value To A Business

November 16, 2015 10:05 am | by Judd J. Robins

Four steps that can be taken to lead companies down the path of contract management optimization.


How a Behavior-Based Approach Can Enhance Your Worker Safety Culture

November 13, 2015 9:00 am | by Christopher Bunch, Safety Director, Stellar

Worker safety is a critical element in every food plant, regardless of the type of products manufactured. And while creating a safe, ergonomic work environment is a must, sometimes it’s not enough to ensure the safety of your most important asset — your employees.


12 Best Practices Of Inventory Optimization

November 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Hill

Inventory managers are faced with the challenge of managing tens or hundreds of thousands of items, each with their own characteristics, requiring complex and time-consuming calculations. Without a structured methodology and powerful analytical tools, the proactive management of large inventories becomes an impossible task. 


When Does IoT Make Sense?

November 12, 2015 4:30 pm | by Mitch Maiman, President & Co-Founder, Intelligent Product Solutions

With all the purported benefits of making any object into a "connected" object, you might think there's no product in the world that shouldn't be IoT-enabled. Yet it's worth pausing to ask whether it truly makes sense to design and produce an IoT solution.


The Best for Cost-Effectiveness, Bar None

November 12, 2015 8:45 am | by Josua Schwab, Product Manager, Bosch Packaging Systems AG

Technology breakthroughs enable bar manufacturers to save costs.


10 Questions to Ask to Determine Whether Your Plant Needs a Color Coding Plan

November 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Bob Serfas, R.S. Quality Products

As a food manufacturer, you should always be looking for ways to improve your sanitation and safety standards. Many companies have already implemented color coding plans to help to do this. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself to see if you should consider implementing a color coding plan at your plant.


The Basics of Ammonia Refrigeration

November 11, 2015 8:55 am | by Brian McFadden, Graphic Products

Artificial cooling systems keep industry running, and many of these systems use anhydrous ammonia as a refrigerant. How do these systems work? What are the hazards of ammonia refrigeration, and what can be done to keep workers safe?


Three Ways That Smarter Mobility Is Transforming Efficiency On The Manufacturing Floor

November 10, 2015 3:45 pm | by Mark Kirstein

Mobility strategies have already begun making big differences in manufacturing.


3 Ideas Shaking up The World of Food Packaging

November 10, 2015 3:30 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

Packages that tell the whole truth, extending shelf life and the truth behind "biodegradable"


The True Costs Of ERP Customization

November 9, 2015 4:30 pm | by Jay Deakins

Should a manufacturer require a unique capability, custom changes to the code can be made to fulfill their needs. Given any issue, customization is indeed the fastest way to solve a problem the first time. It is also, however, the worst way to solve a problem long term.


R&D Tax Credit Could be a Boon for Food Manufacturing Industry Facing New FDA Regulations

November 9, 2015 4:00 pm | by Chai Hoang

The impending effective compliance date for new FDA regulations has put the food manufacturing industry on high alert. These regulations will require significant industry investment to meet the challenges put before them by the new rules. Now, more than ever, it appears that the R&D tax credit is not merely an important option for the manufacturing industry to utilize, but one which it would need to use to remain competitively viable.


The Dealer – Customer, Employee Or Partner?

November 9, 2015 8:15 am | by Lou Washington

How do you maximize results from your indirect sales channel?


5 Details to Give Your Design-Builder for a More Accurate Food Project Budget

November 6, 2015 3:30 pm | by Scott Mark and Wyatt Payne, Stellar

Construction budgets for food processing or manufacturing plants take a lot of time and careful planning. The earlier you get started on gathering the necessary information, the easier it will be to construct an accurate budget.


Converting Emissions from Animal Rendering Facilities to Clean Energy and Power

November 6, 2015 1:05 pm | by Natasha Solouki and Mark Owen

Energy is typically the single highest-cost element within the overall operating cost structure of most rendering facilities, and can represent as much as 50 percent of the overall operating costs. 


Pack Expo Q&A: Coding and Labeling with Videojet's David Freed

November 6, 2015 9:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

In the aftermath of PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Food Manufacturing had the opportunity to correspond with Videojet Regional Product Manager David Freed about topics and trends related to coding and labeling.


Ethernet Migration Reveals Knowledge Gaps

November 5, 2015 9:00 am | by Dino Busalachi

System integrators and OEMs need to know more than how to compose systems with a handful of Ethernet connections. They also need to be comfortable deploying systems with hundreds and thousands of connections, while applying proper segmentation, IP addressing schemes, security and performance factors for the logical and physical network design.


Sugar Industry: The Impact of Transpacific Trade, and Other Wild Cards

November 5, 2015 8:05 am | by Bahige ElRayes

Following five years of intense negotiation, the U.S. and ten Pacific Nations recently announced a deal to open agricultural markets, tighten intellectual property protection and establish a bloc to challenge China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region. This deal, subject to approval by the U.S. Congress, will likely transform how major food companies purchase their agro-commodities — specifically sugar.


Streamline Attendance Tracking

November 4, 2015 9:30 am | by Lindsey Brown

Do you find yourself wondering how to better improve productivity by reducing and more efficiently tracking employee absences? If not, you should be. 


What Is Total Productive Maintenance?

November 4, 2015 9:15 am | by Jordy Byrd

Preventative and routine maintenance models help alleviate downtime and boost overall production.



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