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Averting Disaster: Ammonia Hazards

June 20, 2014 8:15 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Ammonia is a gas that’s valuable as a food manufacturing refrigerant. It’s also considered a high-risk health hazard as it’s corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs. Ammonia is flammable, and can explode if released in an enclosed space with a source of ignition.

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How to Keep Birds at Bay in Food Facilities

June 19, 2014 8:45 am | by Shannon Sked, Manager Specialty Services, Western Pest Services & No Fly Zone

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, birds cause tens of millions of dollars in damage every year to machinery, automobiles, roofs and ventilation systems. Their droppings can expose your product to more than 60 dangerous diseases.

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Patent Infringement: How to Avoid a Nightmare

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by William H. Honaker, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC

Nothing crushes your hopes more than receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a very upset patent owner after your great success of what you thought was a new product launch. Attorney Bill Honaker explains five ways to avoid the nightmare of patent infringement.

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Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 17, 2014 10:15 am

If your workforce storage areas are not safe and secure or if your product inventory is extremely unorganized, you're not alone. Learning new ways to keep productivity moving can help with the large amount of products being manufactured on the floor. 

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Four Manufacturing Software Applications to Support Operational Agility

June 17, 2014 8:40 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research

Chances are, an increased rate of production response to changes in supply and demand is high on your operational wish-list. When it comes to agility, there's no such thing as too fast. Here are four software applications that support operational agility.

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Four Reasons You Won’t Retire as Soon as You Think

June 16, 2014 2:13 pm | by Martin Smith, sustainable business professional

Lifestyle changes, new technologies and evolving industries mean that the younger you are now, the older your age of retirement. When are you likely to retire?  Here are a few of the influences leading to longer lasting employment for America’s workforce.

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Healthier Eating Requires a New IT Diet

June 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor

Consumers are moving to less processed products with cleaner labels, which means that manufacturers are dealing with products that have much shorter shelf lives. If it hasn't already, will your company be ready to make the switch to shorter shelf life products?

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Feet First: Best Practices to Ensure Safe Flooring

June 13, 2014 12:24 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. But just because flooring is constantly underfoot doesn't mean it’s also constantly top-of-mind. How can your company ensure safety through safe flooring?

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What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design?

June 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online

The layout of your warehouse should make sense, with items at an easy access. Customer needs will dictate much of how you design your warehouse — from layout to inventory. Keeping your customers happy should be your top priority, and design is a key part of that.

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Is 3DP Right for Your Company?

June 12, 2014 9:11 am | by PwC US

Additive manufacturing is showing signs of triggering transformations in U.S. industrial manufacturing, from product design and production to restructured supply chains. What should your company know before implementing a 3D printing strategy?

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Natural Foods, Paleo Diet Go Mainstream

June 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc.

After decades of escalating biological and technological intervention in how our food is grown, processed, packaged and sold, a significant group of shoppers yearns to take eating back to a simpler time with the trendy Paleolithic or “paleo” diet.

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How to Deal With a Fast-Breaking Crisis in Your Plant

June 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International

Explosions, gas leaks and terrorist attacks — Oh my! A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?          

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Q&A: Product Traceability and the Wolverine Packing Beef Recall

June 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Traceability plays a major role in protecting consumer loyalty, managing reputational risks and ensuring food safety. Food traceability programs allow companies to identify the source of a problem, and initiate the appropriate procedures to remedy it immediately.

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3 Fallacies That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 9, 2014 1:02 pm | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact

Many small manufacturers believe business technology is something for larger companies only, that it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. Here are three of the most common misconceptions with small manufacturers and wholesale distributors.

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Preventing Heat Stress on the Job

June 9, 2014 8:26 am | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.

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Your Motto: Be Prepared!

June 6, 2014 12:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

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 | by Nina Vajda

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 | by Mike Collins, Author

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 | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

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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