More than two years since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law, the FDA has issued the requisite regulations to implement its proactive mandate. While these regulations are still in the proposed stage, it would be wise for food manufacturers to learn them in advance of their finalization and begin these preventative measures.
Not only are retrofits expensive, but if new equipment is not sized and sequenced effectively, it can significantly affect your energy costs. To avoid these issues, here are four budget considerations to address when designing your plant’s mechanical system.
Having worked in the industrial automation space over the course of my career, I can only imagine the impact that real-time, social intelligence can have on the roles of plant managers, supervisors and operators, if data from their machines and processes is fed to their mobile devices and smartphones.
According to a survey by Monster.com, workers in U.S. manufacturing generally are unhappy with their current positions, for a variety of reasons, and are more likely to be actively searching for different work, be it at another plant, or another industry.
While enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is near-ubiquitous in manufacturing these days, with many companies large and small having invested heavily into solutions years or decades ago, there is always room for change and innovation within the offering.
For the first time ever, many small manufacturers are able to realize productivity gains through cloud-based, mobile-enabled software solutions that large manufacturers for years have used to manage their operations with greater precision.
Virtually all analysts agree that many American manufacturers have been successful in bringing some business back home. But it’s happening at a slower pace than the industry had hoped. According to Henry Moser, founder of the national Reshoring Initiative, the actual rate of reshoring is somewhere between a trickle and a torrent.
Original Juan is a good example of what a small U.S. company — 42 employees at a 60,000 square-foot facility in Kansas City — can achieve with big thinking and no borders in their marketing and sales strategy. Management at the 33-year-old company is always exploring new markets, as recent activity attests.
To really make an impression on current and potential customers, most manufacturers recognize the importance of differentiating themselves from the competition. There are plenty of companies out there who can get the job done, and so quality becomes a question of how: how well, how quickly, how … safely?
Tomato sauce is now poised for a shift — a profound category shakeup called a “Blue Ocean." Blue Oceans happen when a company manages to shift the shopper paradigm, grow a category and capture much of that growth for itself. The counterpoint is a “Red Ocean,” where multiple companies, like sharks, fight a bloody battle in a highly competitive space.
As some products are made to be easier to detect in food- or beverage-processing batches, other products are used to minimize the risk of contamination occurring. There are products that make it easier to handle and install the cable ties, eliminating the likelihood of cable ties being dropped or spare pieces falling into processing batches.
Several factors have led manufacturers and processors to take a more cautious approach to improving their automation systems. But the need to employ more advanced plant floor networking technologies is becoming clear as manufacturers look to increase operational efficiencies and bottom line profits.
Ensuring the safety of food and beverage products during processing involves the selection of supplies that may prevent contamination. A simple item, the cable tie, can be selected and used in a way that significantly minimizes the chance that it will contaminate a food or beverage batch.
Like other innovations spurred by a combination of technology development and government mandates, solid state lighting (SSL) presents a real triple bottom line scenario — it's good for the planet, good for profit and good for end users.
While food trends and the popularity of various weight-loss diets fluctuate, consumers’ demand for healthier food products remains a constant. The baking industry responds to these demands by continually developing new products, ingredients and processing methods.
Ranga Bodla, director of vertical marketing, and Roman Bukary, vice president and general manager of Manufacturing and Wholesale/Distribution Industries at NetSuite, took a moment with our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology (MBT) to discuss how manufacturers can leverage supply chain management to be successful.
The ability to adapt and leverage technology to drive business imperatives and value throughout the entire value chain is critical. A sound BYOD strategy built around open IP based standards and technology is a key component to achieving this objective.
Let’s face it, there are so many ways that food products can be contaminated. If a food product is contaminated, the impact to your company’s bottom line can be substantial. Thus, risk mitigation is paramount in food processing — period.
Where employees once played a critical role at every step of the process, today many of those processes are automated. Manufacturers face new challenges in finding ways to encourage greater efficiency, productivity and employee satisfaction from employees and partners throughout the enterprise.
Most food and beverage manufacturers are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but they may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software.