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Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete

When operating a facility where heavy footfall and wheeled traffic are just part of the daily routine, maintaining clean and safe flooring can be an absolute nightmare. Here are five tips to help you prepare and protect your company’s floor while keeping costs down.

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Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Peter K. Bullen

Many manufacturers in recent years have put off acquiring new equipment and technology so they could conserve cash in preparation for the next economic curve ball. When it comes to the benefits of leasing equipment in the fourth quarter, there are still good reasons to acquire equipment before the year ends.

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If Milk Can be Made in a Petri Dish, Do We Need Cows?

November 19, 2014 10:00 am | by TakePart

Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process where we take raw ingredients from nature, throw them together however we see fit, add some heat and consume. But advances in technology and changing attitudes toward the food we eat are breaking down that process even further. 

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Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

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7 Ways to Pest Proof Your Business During Rodent Awareness Week

November 18, 2014 8:00 am | by McCloud Services

The National Pest Management Association has declared this week Rodent Awareness Week as rodent populations continue to rise during the winter months. Learning to pest proof your business, especially those in the food industry and food supply chain, is essential.

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Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 17, 2014 10:27 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Berner Food & Beverage is an Illinois-based contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods.                         

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5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones to Drive Profit

November 14, 2014 2:11 pm | by Kirill Storch

Some notable advancements have included the assembly line, telephone, fax machine and the Internet. Today, there is a ubiquitous technology poised to revolutionize how business is done: the smartphone… but NOT for the reason you may think.  

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This Thanksgiving: Bring on the Turkey, Not the Food Safety Incidents

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Keri Dawson

Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season. Faced with these statistics, food companies are under significant pressure to strengthen their quality and safety measures.

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Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 12, 2014 9:15 am | by Katie Hilyar

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?               

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Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 11, 2014 2:42 pm | by Mark Adair, Avid Solutions

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?  

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6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 11, 2014 10:28 am | by Danielle Iera, Marketing Coordinator, TPC Wire & Cable Corp

Nearly every type of manufacturer faces increasing regulations aimed at everything from ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. While many regulations may be beneficial to consumers, each regulation adds an additional burden to the company.

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How Current Plant Breeding Trends Are Affecting Changes in Food Processing

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Hughes Equipment Company

Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.             

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What is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 7, 2014 2:04 pm | by Tom Comstock

If you seek to improve innovation, then a good strategy is to maximize your quotient. The first step is to have good processes and systems in place to diligently watch your surrounding marketplace including customer behaviors and competitive actions. 

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ISM: Manufacturing Continues Strong Growth Trajectory

November 7, 2014 11:08 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Study Shows Media Opts For Drama Instead of Facts on Food, Beverage Items

November 7, 2014 10:26 am | by By Sara Martens, Vice President, The MSR Group

In recent years it seems consumer news outlets are taking “compelling” to a whole new level when it comes to reporting on the food and beverage industry. Opting for drama instead of balanced facts, many outlets are driving unnecessary and unfounded food ingredient fears. 

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Q&A: How Packaging Suppliers Support Canneries During Salmon Season

November 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Crown Holdings, Inc.

When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.

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What the New Tangible Asset and Repair Regulations Mean For Manufacturers

November 6, 2014 10:13 am | by Dean Sonderegger

While the simplified regulations allow for more manufacturing firms to qualify for tax benefits, they also introduce many compliance challenges. Firms will need to look at their tax practices with a new set of eyes to ensure they reap the full potential benefits.

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Girls Only: A Way to Close the STEM Gender Gap?

November 5, 2014 3:00 pm | by Kim MacGregor

Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.             

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How to Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

November 4, 2014 2:00 pm | by Chris Palmisano

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

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Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Ralf Suerken

Not having that single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful. 

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