The influence of Big Data in manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize how we build, produce and live. It also presents fresh challenges to the manufacturing industry. Chief among them is the exponential growth in volume, velocity and complexity of data coursing throughout the entire manufacturing enterprise.
How much money is the status quo costing your business? When you look at how you do business and how that impacts your electricity usage and spend, you start to realize that sometimes "business as usual" can be taking away from your bottom line.
Over the past two months, we’ve surveyed maintenance professionals to identify how the industry uses software to get organized, improve efficiencies and tackle other industry challenges. You’ll find the full report below, but here are three key takeaways.
Why is it that the most important, most powerful, most effective methods, tools or practices are also the most difficult? Answering that question might be a challenge to keep the philosophy professors busy for a good, long time.
When we participate in process improvement education, we learn the power of knowledge that is facilitated by collecting data, and a great many powerful tools that are at our disposal to help us turn data into understanding so we can make informed, wise decisions.
It’s no secret that one of the most pressing issues facing U.S. manufacturing is a lack of qualified workers. According to one global recruitment specialist, hiring managers need to focus on several internal facets in attracting the best and most qualified people.
If you are involved in quality and operations decisions for manufacturing or supply-chain management, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure that the final output of your plant is in compliance with internal and external quality standards.
A sudden chemical release or unexpected machine movement can injure or kill an employee who is servicing, maintaining or repairing process equipment. Lockout/tagout procedures assure authorized employees that the equipment is safe to work on.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the prevailing method of transaction processing for mass merchandisers. Without the integration of EDI transactions into a business system such as ERP, companies are not getting the most out of this form of automation.
A recent cyclospora outbreak has sickened more than 500 people in 18 states, with some cases linked to salad mix imported from Mexico. The incident highlights the importance of using traceability to identify pathogenic contamination.
A CEO and CFO of a food processing company are faced with a dilemma. Their major clients are a part of an organization of food retailers who have set food safety standards that they require of their suppliers. The functions must be documented or the clients can reject shipments and commitments.
Despite 15 months of quarter-to-quarter growth in U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP), the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high and well above other economic recoveries of the same maturity.
Although public initiatives can have a large-scale effect on public health, the sweeping effort to reduce salt consumption still faces a few hurdles, not the least of which is a growing body of scientific research suggesting salt's negative impact on public health may not be as severe as once thought.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector is at its highest levels since June 2011, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business. A surge in production and new orders in July gives growth momentum to the sector.
Poor sticker adherence was a potential threat to Mission’s organic avocado business, which comprises 10 percent of the company's avocado output. After initially rejecting the technology, the team at Mission developed a solution involving air knives.
You touch something hot and you immediately drop it or snap your hand from the heat source. It’s automatic — you do this so instantly that you don't even think about it. Ladies and gentlemen, this is our wonderful nervous system at work.
In Part II of a four-part Q&A series on the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), Rich Hoskins, IBIE Committee Member and Director of Operations for Colborne Foodbotics, discusses the educational offerings available at this year’s expo.
Companies today know that social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, are great ways to build brand awareness and greater brand loyalty. However, most companies are missing opportunities to protect their brands by using these same tools to plan for and execute recalls.
The energy-drink market continues to grow at a rapid pace, but the segment is facing increasing scrutiny from regulators and consumers in regards to the beverages’ safety. Frank Jaksch, Jr. of ChromaDex spoke with Food Manufacturing about the unique challenges faced by energy-drink manufacturers.
Seals for food and beverage processing equipment play vital roles in protecting bearings and lubricants. From the perspective of managing lubrication, a seal’s primary purpose will be to retain lubricant in the system and keep contaminants from degrading or otherwise harming the grease.