Manufacturers of sweets and snacks face a unique challenge. Their products have to stand out from the crowd without extravagant packages that drive up costs. Packaging and machinery manufacturers can help with material-saving packaging solutions and more efficient production lines.
Every January, companies make predictions about the year ahead and what trends they should expect. Bobby Bono, the U.S. industrial manufacturing leader at PwC, has assembled a list of trends he is predicting for the manufacturing sector moving forward.
Huge gains in yield have been achieved through Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and Kaizen — so much that it may seem no more can be done, particularly in the waste-intensive, fast-paced food and beverage industry. However, it is possible to produce an 18 to 25 percent improvement in yield on a repeatable basis.
The “Manufacturing Jobs for America” initiative aims to “train Washington’s focus on manufacturing jobs.” The initiative wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow and hire new employees, while also assisting in training a workforce capable of working those jobs.
The production of whisky requires maturation in wooden casks for the full development of the finished product’s character. Subtle differences in the casks’ conditioning can produce quite different flavors and aromas that require skillful blending to achieve a consistent product.
Manufacturers don’t have to remain hostage to the price and availability fluctuations of the energy markets. They can take control, producing their own power and meeting their thermal needs with Independent Energy Districts.
Resource optimization software can not only help companies adapt more efficiently to resource constraints, but it can also minimize idle time, anticipate parts shortages, free up labor and equipment to be shifted among tasks, and otherwise get the most out of your labor and capital.
One of the key strategies to bringing innovation to the convenience-store channel is leveraging external partnerships through open innovation. Since formally adopting its open innovation strategy in 2007, General Mills has connected with numerous outside partner companies to help introduce some of the company’s most successful new products.
While most manufacturers have comprehensive equipment maintenance and service programs in place to minimize downtime, most manufacturers pay much less attention to a problem that, according to Electric Power and Light Magazine, causes 30 to 40 percent of business downtime: power quality fluctuations.
Whether it’s for internal comparisons or for measuring the effectiveness of your company against close competitors, benchmarking is a vital continuous improvement tool. If you're an executive that hasn’t bought into benchmarking manufacturing performance, here are seven reasons why you might want to reconsider that strategy.
With 90 percent of the world’s data created in the last two years, what can we expect our data vaults to hold two or even 20 years from now? Today we measure our lives in peta-bytes, but by 2020 estimates show a 2,300 percent increase in the bits and bytes that will define our lives.
My wife coined the phrase, “headless chicken leading the blind,” last week. Her organization is experiencing a bit of a crisis and such is how she described the phenomenon. It’s common enough that we all feel familiar with it without any description.
Unlike other frameworks or standards, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) isn’t a compliance exercise, and doesn’t require adherence to a particular methodology. It’s methodologically agnostic, which means that rather on focusing on how to do something, it focuses on what needs to be done.
With the advent of new technologies, particularly technologies that provide an advantage over the competition, next-generation manufacturers must zealously protect their intellectual property and assets associated with such manufacturing technologies.
For centuries, silver has offered an alternative use as an antimicrobial, an agent that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Silver Dihydrogen Citrate (SDC) technology is designed to slow the proliferation of foodborne illnesses from raw or contaminated foods.
More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators are intended to help products keep for longer and stop consumers’ throwaway mentality. However, despite all these improvements, companies have to keep a constant eye on process efficiency and on costs.
S&OP is based mostly on common sense, but it turns out executing S&OP best practices is hard. Here are a few common mistakes I see over and over again. If you can avoid them, you’ll be well down the path of being able to execute S&OP best practices and, consequently, reap its well-publicized rewards.
Avoiding antitrust situations is paramount in the ongoing tide of food mergers and acquisitions. The newly reignited case against dairy manufacturer Dean Foods by retailer Food Lion straddles the pair of definitions that guides antitrust rulings.
While no food company wants to get a fine, conduct a recall or shut down a facility, those aren’t the only reasons to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA compliance can also be a chance for pervasive business improvements at your food company.
While protecting the overall health and well-being of employees should be an employer’s paramount concern, special attention must be paid to preventing hand and finger injuries, which are second only to back strains and sprains in lost work days, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.