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Coffee Production: How Too Many SKUs Can Drag Down Profits

May 30, 2014 8:45 am | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar

Strategic planning is especially critical for coffee producers to avoid this proliferation of SKUs. While you may not be able to anticipate all of your customers’ unique needs, your strategic plan can establish guidelines and processes to help manage requests. 

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Manufacturers Weigh In on the Idea of 'Big Data'

May 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

The term "Big Data" can be misleading if you don't know the context. This concept is still both nascent and broad enough that nobody is entirely sure how it will play out in manufacturing, although the possibilities are overarching and potentially transformative. 

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Manufacturers Need to Change the Way They Think About Their IT

May 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Robert Bates & John D'Souza, Wipro Technologies

The question to ponder is: what is the value in making a paradigm shift in a manufacturing firms approach to IT? Although many organizations have begun to change their approach to IT, manufacturing firms in particular, have been slow to latch on to this trend regarding IT.  

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Manufacturing and the Decline of the Middle Class, Part One

May 28, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

It does not appear that the jobs being created in the post-industrial economy are going to halt the decline of the middle class or improve living standards. But more importantly, manufacturing is the key to innovation, new products, exports, and economic growth.

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NNMI — A Boon For Smaller Manufacturers?

May 27, 2014 12:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Even if a manufacturer isn’t near one of the NNMI hubs, it doesn’t mean that they can’t collaborate or take away some of the innovative spirit. Simply paying attention to what’s happening at the hubs is a good start. The network is there, if you look for it.  

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Digesting the Rise of Food Labeling Regulations

May 27, 2014 8:15 am | by David Kane, TEKLYNX

If you create, sell, distribute or supply food products, you will be required to revisit your label designs due to three key labeling initiatives. A Barcode Labeling Software can help suppliers comply with track and trace procedures, increasing visibility of allergens and emphasizing nutrition facts.  

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Brainstorm: Labeling Pt. 3

May 23, 2014 11:59 am | by Ondrej Kruk, Business Unit Manager & Print and Apply Labeling (LPA) expert, Videojet Technologies

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations  in food labeling should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer and how are they best implemented?

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The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

In such a fast-paced industry, it can be difficult to maintain accuracy. Automation can be very helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also be helpful in preventing costly mistakes, which can lead to product waste and recalls. 

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Brainstorm: Labeling Pt. 2

May 22, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jack Rubinger, Public Relations Specialist, Graphic Products

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations in food labeling should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer and how are they best implemented?

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Why the Cloud?

May 22, 2014 8:30 am | by John Papageorge

Manufacturers recognize that better data management can make them more competitive. The next wave in manufacturing does not change the fact that making a quality product at a low cost is the key to manufacturing success.    

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New Models and Concepts Needed for Asia-Pacific Supply Chains

May 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Jonathan Wright

The very term "supply chain" implies a straight line and a singular operating mode, with tight linkages moving goods smoothly from mode to mode and location to location. In Asia-Pacific, however, this concept is unrealistic.        

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Food Packaging is Your Responsibility Too

May 20, 2014 9:00 am | by Chris Cornyn, President, DINE Marketing

Congratulations on your new job: catering to consumers' food packaging preferences. This article provides five components of the new food packaging landscape that manufacturers can use to make their products more attractive to purchasers.

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Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 12:01 pm | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions

Social researchers say we can suffer from “decision fatigue,” where repeated judgments deplete our mental resources to the point that it influences our next decisions. One result is our tendency to simplify decisions by accepting status quo or whatever is easy.

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Brainstorm: Labeling Pt. 1

May 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Bob Adamson, Vice President of Sales, B & H Labeling Systems

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations in food labeling should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer and how are they best implemented?

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Getting Smart with Energy Intelligence

May 15, 2014 11:44 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can't drive profitability. They're finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.      

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How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit from these latest technologies.

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Winter Wheat Crop Could Be Smallest Since 1996

May 12, 2014 2:59 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, AP

Nationwide, total wheat production is forecast at 1.4 billion bushels, down nine percent from a year ago. The agricultural service's average projected wheat yield for the nation is 43.1 bushels per acre, down slightly more than four bushels from a year ago.

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Why The Can Could Be The Right Choice For Your Products

May 12, 2014 11:55 am | by Hella Gourven, CROWN Food Packaging North America

Like many inventions, the can was created to solve a specific problem: feeding European armies in the early 19th century who needed to carry their own food supplies for long distances in harsh conditions without opportunities for re-supply. Now, the use of cans is having a significant impact on food safety, supply chain security, sustainability and shelf life.

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America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange

Patriotism aside, there are plenty of reasons to buy an American-made forklift, foremost of which is the high standards American forklift manufacturers are held to.               

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Big Data, Price Intelligence and Antitrust

May 9, 2014 9:00 am | by Stephen Safranski and Elizabeth Friedman, Trial Attorneys, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

Food and beverage industry members can utilize price intelligence to compete effectively in the market. But when price intelligence relies on data provided by competitors, businesses must be careful not to raise antitrust concerns with how data is obtained.

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