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Manufacturers Use Asset Optimization to Extract Value

December 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Clive Ross, Aurecon Group

Hardwired in the psyche of manufacturers is the constant vigilance on total production cost. Sometimes, deferring or minimizing maintenance results in cost savings. However, these incremental savings are typically false economy. A strategic asset management approach can create far greater value for the business.

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Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 2

December 5, 2014 2:10 pm | by Kurt Warzynski, Vice President of Process Engineering, Stellar

In the second part of this three-part series of Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?        

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Recycling Opens the Door to a Circular Economy

December 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

Recycling is no longer a consumer fad focused solely on the end of the life cycle, but a market force that is shaping corporate America’s manufacturing processes. Brian Kennell, Tetra Pak’s president and CEO, examines this next generation of recycling.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Compressed Air

December 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Wayne Perry, Technical Director, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

When putting together a compressed air system, temptation is all around you. You want the best system, but having the best doesn’t mean grabbing whatever looks good. Build a system that meets your needs not your wants.         

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Want to Boost Profits? Invite Employees to Be 100 Percent Honest

December 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Brad Oberwager, CEO, Bare Foods

At Bare Foods, I wanted to collect employee feedback in a systematic way, but I knew I’d never have time to respond to individual emails, nor could I require employees to stare at a blank email each week and expect them to come up with insightful feedback.

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Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 1

December 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by David Beal, Senior Management Consultant, TBM Consulting Group

In this three-part series of the Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?             

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Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (And Rewards) of Onshoring

December 3, 2014 12:35 pm | by Noreen King

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.             

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Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 3

December 3, 2014 12:10 pm | by Arlan Purdy, Product Manager, The Raymond Corporation

The Brainstrorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry. In the final installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

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Q&A: How the 5-Step Process Can Benefit Food Companies

December 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing sat down with Director of Marketing for Food & Beverage Bob Klimko to get the scoop on how ORBIS is partnering with food industry customers and helping evolve their growing needs since the start of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Bowled Over: Soup Category Trends Spur Reinvention

December 2, 2014 2:09 pm | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc.

Thankfully, increased taste for international flavors and hunger for novel packaging formats are fueling the emergence of new soup category trends, and consumers are showing signs of warming up to this age-old dish once again.   

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4 Ways Businesses Can Learn From US Army Safety Practices

December 1, 2014 3:41 pm | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader

Most business leaders would be startled to know that the US Army accident rate is nearly 9X lower than the accident rate for US industries. Just like any business, the Army on a daily basis repairs heavy machinery, operates logistics depots and conducts refueling operations.

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Improving State Consumer Protection Acts

December 1, 2014 10:29 am | by Tiger Joyce

In recent years, there have been hundreds of often preposterous consumer class action lawsuits that frequently target both food producers and sellers across the country. Recognizing the potential for litigious mischief, Congress purposely limited enforcement of the law to its newly created FTC.

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Q&A: Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing?

November 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

When starting a company, one of the most important decisions to make is whether to manufacture your product domestically or abroad. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Allen Klevens, the CEO and founder of Tooshlights, to discuss his choice to select a domestic manufacturer.

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9 Ways to a Food Waste-Free Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 8:45 am | by FoodTank

Unfortunately, while we are giving thanks for the harvest, we are also wasting massive amounts of food. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the United States will waste about five million tons of food. In one year, Americans alone waste about 34 million tons. 

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Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 2

November 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor

The Brainstrorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry. In the second installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

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Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving to the Left

November 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tobin McGregor

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right.                  

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Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 25, 2014 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more companies are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices. The report defines sustainable manufacturing as “Using less energy and fewer resources to produce a product that is just as effective."

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Protecting Workers and Your Business This Holiday Season

November 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Don DeSimone

Food manufacturers are gearing up for what is expected to be a robust holiday buying season in 2014. During this peak season, safety is sometimes relegated to the back of the pallet in the haste to fulfill orders. But it’s more important than ever to have safety strategies in place.

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Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 1

November 24, 2014 2:30 pm | by Luke Facemyer, Director of Design, Stellar

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In the first installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

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What Can A Viewing Gallery Do For You?

November 24, 2014 9:26 am | by Joe Bove, Vice President, Design, Stellar

Whether its specialty is baked goods, meats or sodas, your facility deserves to be showcased. A viewing gallery helps shine that spotlight, serving as an isolated structure that gives guests a glimpse into your plant’s processes. It’s a moderate added cost for your facility, outweighed by a great deal of benefits.

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