Though so much attention is focused on the cleanliness of tools, tables and processing equipment, airborne pathogens can't be ignored. Fortunately, the negative pressures created by large exhaust fans in these areas remove most of the bioaerosols.
Small manufacturers believe they can not afford ERP solutions nor spend the time to iron out the complexities. Forget everything you’ve heard about business software. Today, solutions exist to provide similar functionalities found in ERP, but without the hefty price.
Whether you’re Hormel Foods buying Muscle Milk or simply have made the decision to sell the business you spent a lifetime building, there are plenty of buyers. However, finding the right buyer and structuring the transaction can be daunting.
The manufacturing sector's economic activity has expanded for the 13th consecutive month in June. According to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business, the PMI registered 55.3 percent, a small decrease compared to May's reading of 55.4 percent.
The costs and inefficiencies of paper forms are no longer lost on manufacturing businesses that are ramping up efforts to shift paper forms and manual processes to mobile apps — and to integrate mobility with key business processes.
Manufacturers from the food, drug and automotive industries have discovered that industrial ultrasonic cleaning systems provide them with premium results over traditional cleaning methods. Here are five benefits industrial ultrasonic cleaners provide manufacturers.
In line with consumers’ pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, protein bars have exploded onto the mainstream nutrition scene. Manufacturers are now honing in on the potential that this offers, looking closely at the requirements of the mass market.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eliminates 15 unnecessary programs and includes five skills-training provisions from Coons’ Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign to help prepare the workforce for the high-technology manufacturing jobs of today.
To clarify allergen-related policy and practices, industry experts from the FDA, Johns Hopkins University, ConAgra and the Coca-Cola Co. presented in a Food Safety Summit workshop, “Food Allergen Control Update,” at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Most facilities are testing for quality when they perform lab tests, according to respondents. Nearly 86 percent said quality is their first priority, followed by 65.7 percent that said they test for the pathogens, biological contaminants and other food safety dangers.
In the old days, a product was created by a manufacturer, sent to national and regional distribution centers, then to a store and finally to the customer. In today's multi-channel world, a retailer may demand the manufacturer ship an item directly to the customer.
FLIR Systems announced two new products designed to put thermal imaging into the hands of consumers. According to Fluke, maintenance technicians make better, faster decisions when they have field access to records and when they can review measurements in real time.
As a society, we waste food along every step of the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, the USDA estimates that in the U.S., 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply in 2010 went uneaten.
The customer relationship suffers when manufacturers can’t deliver on time. When companies promise a delivery and that promise is broken, customers start to doubt future orders. Now that customers have more options with whom to work, it's become a harsh reality.
It is important to have a proper program for reporting and tracking both productive and non-productive aspects of operations. Looking for ways to remove idle time and eliminate bottlenecks requires diligence over time and a focus on continuous improvement.
Haunting every food manufacturer is the possible recall of one of its products contaminated with a foreign material — an event that would be costly not only in direct costs of recalling the product, but also in lost retailer and consumer confidence and damaged brand image.
Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Patent Attorney Michael Sherban says the most common reasons companies do not pursue patent protection is that they are either too busy or too intimidated by the process.
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.
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.
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.