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5 Tips to Increase Productivity

September 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kara Simon, General Manager, 3Cheers Recognition & Rewards

Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for manufacturers to keep equipment in great shape as it is for them to keep people in great shape by showing meaningful appreciation on a day-to-day basis.

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 2

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Brad Polen, Sector Manager, Processed Foods, Sealed Air

In this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in sanitation should food manufacturers be aware of and how do they aid in regulatory compliance, as well as boosting consumer confidence? Brad Polen of Sealed Air's Food Care Division has the mic. 

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 1

September 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar

In part one of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in sanitation should food manufacturers be aware of and how do they aid in regulatory compliance, as well as boosting consumer confidence?             

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4 Ways to Increase Manufacturing

September 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production and need to be engaged with at every step.

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Bakery Sector Keeps Rising With the Times

September 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by By Ken Hagedorn, Vice President of Sales, Naegele Inc.; Food Processing Suppliers Association Board of Directors

During the past year, the bakery sector has been active in addressing key topics that have popped up in recent times. And one of the most important involves the sanitary design of equipment.          

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Marijuana Edibles: Sweet Business is Budding

September 18, 2014 2:22 pm | by Holly Henschen, Contributor

Denver-based Dixie Elixirs expands its facility to produce THC-infused edibles with a focus on transparency, technology and consumer education.                                

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Change: A CEO's Job in the 21st Century

September 18, 2014 9:17 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

Significant changes are in store — and in many cases already underway — for all businesses. That's why a successful company needs to deploy appropriate strategies for proactively driving change and sustainable growth.      

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'90s Kids Rejoice: Coca-Cola's Surge is Back!

September 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Ready for a totally awesome ‘90s flashback? The Mountain Dew-like, citrus-flavored soda, Surge, is back! The blast from the past is only being sold online via Amazon.com.                  

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When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About it?

September 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by Dr. David Michaels

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24 hours.

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Market to Manufacturing: It's Time to Digitize

September 16, 2014 9:53 am | by John Paul Williams, Director of Industry Solutions, Polycom

Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation, but companies need to leverage big data, cloud, social and mobile capabilities to create businesses that get them closer to their customers.     

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10 Tips For a Successful ERP Implementation

September 15, 2014 10:34 am | by Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor

For many, the idea of selecting, implementing and deploying an ERP system is daunting as the risks often seem to outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to ensure that your organization has a successful ERP implementation.       

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Why Synchronize Time? 3 Ways it Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Dieter Pape

Worrying about whether your clocks display the same, accurate time — and how that impacts your maintenance crews, the start and stop time of shifts, timestamps and reporting or compliance issues — doesn’t have to be an extra item on your plate. 

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The Importance of Leadership, Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 8:04 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research

While automation, IT and software solutions can play an important part of many Operational Excellence initiatives, in reality technology can only be as effective as the people and processes to which it supports.           

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5 Tips For Equipment Financing in 2014

September 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Kurt Kolesha, Sales Manager, EverBank Commercial Fiance's Packaging & Plastics Group

Today, banks are healthy and offering lower rates, which means manufacturers in the packaging space can pursue growth by employing strategic financing models. As a result, many would suggest that it is a perfect time to access capital.   

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ISM: Numbers Up On Strong Demand

September 8, 2014 2:24 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

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Technological Advances in Food Processing Creates Regulatory Gaps

September 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Eric Esson, Rite-Hite, Machine Guarding National Sales Manager

New industrial safety regulations are always coming down the line and it’s critical that managers of food manufacturing and storage facilities keep up on the latest safety technologies available to match the right product to the right process.   

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Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips for Manufacturers

September 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by David Schnitt

Purchase orders are typically issued by a manufacturer for specific goods and raw materials. They are a legal document that specifies pricing and quantities when ordering product. What’s happened, however, is that many manufacturers now issue POs for every transaction.

The Factory of the Future Will be Shaped by the Internet of Things

September 3, 2014 1:00 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be expected to incorporate “intelligence readiness” in all products as society will progressively be relying on an IoT-supported infrastructure.               

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The Contract Manufacturing Agreement: What Food Makers Need to Know

September 3, 2014 8:20 am | by Dori E. Brewer, Perkins Coie LLP

Before taking the outsourcing plunge, it is critical that businesses commit to processes that ensure the safety of consumers, the security of their intellectual property and compliance with food safety laws.           

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5 Tips For Manufacturers to Protect Against IP Theft

September 2, 2014 2:32 pm | by Salo Fajer

This may seem like a no-brainer, but despite all of the chatter in the C-Suite about cyber security, very few companies have meaningful data protection programs in place today.                    

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