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Cover Story Extra: Success With Second Chances

July 17, 2015 11:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

After spending 15 years in prison, Dave Dahl made the most of his second chance. And the company that bears his name — Dave’s Killer Bread — is allowing many of its employees the opportunity to do the same.


Rising to the Occasion

July 17, 2015 9:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread, which recently expanded its distribution to all 50 states, prides itself on its hand-crafted/seed-encrusted line of breads.


How Food Manufacturers Can Find Project Financing with the New Markets Tax Credit

July 16, 2015 12:45 pm | by Charlie Spies, CEO of CEI Capital Management, LLC

As businesses increasingly seek a triple-bottom-line model, there is a financing tool designed to support their investments in not just growing their businesses, but in revitalizing the communities in which they work and live.


PROCESS EXPO 2015 Q&A with FPSA President David Seckman

July 16, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

In advance of September's PROCESS EXPO, Food Manufacturing corresponded with David Seckman, President and CEO of FPSA, Producer of PROCESS EXPO, to learn about what attendees can expect to see at this year’s show. 


Food Safety Update: Plant Equipment & Sanitation

July 16, 2015 9:25 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

We recently surveyed Food Manufacturing readers from across all segments of the industry on various trends, topics and considerations when it comes to purchasing plant equipment, and how equipment acquisition meshes with sanitation efforts and existing food safety plans at their facilities.


Q&A: Robotics and Automation with Intelligrated's Matt Wicks

July 16, 2015 9:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing recently spoke with Matt Wicks, Vice President, Product Development, Manufacturing Systems, at Intelligrated about robotics and automation in the food manufacturing industry.


What do Beer, Healthcare and Manufacturing Have in Common?

July 15, 2015 12:25 pm | by Brad Wechter

The conceptual link between all of these industries is the improvement of business processes through the Internet of Things. The actual link between the devices in each of these scenarios is whatever standard is being used for communication within each industry’s version of the Internet of Things.


Interested in Decreasing Workers' Compensation Costs and Increasing Safety? Think Worksite Health

July 15, 2015 11:15 am | by Curtis Smith

In manufacturing and distribution, employee safety is paramount. Employees in factories and warehouses often work in a fast-paced, multi-shift environment filled with heavy machinery, product, people, noise and other hazards.


Beyond the Hype: Making Hay in the Internet of Things World

July 15, 2015 9:00 am | by Alex Blanter, A.T. Kearney

We are entering a new era where digital smarts will be embedded in everyday devices from the clothes we wear to our cars to the lights in our homes, all interconnected by the Internet. What should your company do to prepare for these changes? What should you do individually to help your company succeed? And what are companies doing now that might need to change, if their IoT initiatives are to be successful?


A Rising Imperative for Social in the Beverage Industry

July 15, 2015 8:45 am | by Will McInnes, CMO, Brandwatch

Beverage businesses, traditionally operating solely on consumers’ shifting tastes and preferences, now face a rising need to proactively listen, understand, and cater to opinions and interests on social media. There’s an entire internet out there of unsolicited, incredibly insightful, raw opinions and commentary.


Part Two: Logistics and a Tight Supply Chain: The Secret to a Smooth-Running Manufacturing Line

July 14, 2015 12:45 pm | by Chris Swearingen

Most people associate the manufacturing supply chain with the basic principles of moving goods from seller to buyer, Point A to Point B. But smart logistics technology and strategies can help any manufacturer keep their production line moving or dramatically limit interruptions should they occur.


Changing Your ERP? Change Up Your Business Processes, Too

July 14, 2015 12:25 pm | by Rohan Patel, Manager for Business Consulting, Kenandy

For your organization, the greatest advantages of implementing a new system might have less to do with the software, and more to do with increasing your awareness of business processes, unleashing creativity, and optimizing workflows.


The Advancement of 3D Printing and its Impact on the Manufacturing Industry

July 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Aaron Bresinger & Yves Leclerc

Despite all the hype, 3D Printing technologies currently remain in the R&D phase for many organizations. For those enterprises that do not want to wait on the sidelines, a good manufacturing strategy is to embrace it as an R&D effort.


Challenges in Presenting a Brand and its Contractor Base as One

July 14, 2015 8:45 am | by Stephen Timms, President of Americas, ClickSoftware

With distributors and manufacturers putting an ever-growing emphasis on value-added services, and the use of third parties to provide those services, how do companies keep them and end users on the same page?


Part One: The 'Must-Dos' For Start-to-Finish Supply Chain Security

July 13, 2015 1:10 pm | by Chris Swearingen

A smartly designed and strategic supply chain approach is one of the most important yet underappreciated sources of competitive advantage that companies can capitalize on.


Automating Workflow in Manufacturing

July 13, 2015 10:00 am | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever

An automated workflow management solution can add great value to an organization and ease many of the problems they are facing with a manual process.


World Population Day: Addressing Food Deserts in the Land of Plenty

July 13, 2015 9:05 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

From just-squeezed juices to artisan sandwiches, nutritious dietary offerings have never been so bountiful or convenient for affluent Americans. Unfortunately, that is not the case for some 23.5 million largely underserved U.S. residents who live in “food deserts."


Exploring MDMs: What The Manufacturing Industry Truly Needs

July 10, 2015 2:17 pm | by Pankaj Thapa

A look at five things that an IT leader must think of while making their decisions on adopting an MDM.


The Magic 8 WMS Questions You Need to Ask

July 10, 2015 1:00 pm | by Eric Allais, president and CEO, PathGuide Technologies

Choosing the right WMS can not only make processes more efficient and help manage a workforce, it can also position an organization for growth and greatly improve customer service.


How to Choose the Best Lighting for Your Food Facility

July 10, 2015 10:45 am | by Jud Walker, Senior Electrical Engineer, Stellar

All lighting is not created equal. When selecting LED or fluorescent lighting for your food facility or warehouse, understand that each type is better suited for some areas rather than others. How can you know which is the right fit for your plant?



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