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The Importance of Custom, Cost-Effective Food Safety Programs

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Shepard, CEO, Shepard Bros.

As our food supply has become increasingly global in nature, the challenges to food safety also have become more complex. Companies must have a strong, well-defined food safety program — including cost-effective cleaning and sanitation programs.

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Q&A: Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety (EHS) function. Our sister publication Chem.Info sat down with Bryan Connors and Bob Foster from EH&E to talk about the challenges of EHS programs and potential solutions.

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Beverage Packaging: Uniqueness Counts

April 22, 2014 8:00 am | by interpack

Successfully selling a product requires that it stand out. This applies particularly to the competitive beverage market, where product diversity has become almost overwhelming. Beverage makers must harness packaging as part of their brand building strategy.

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What to Look for When Considering Mexico

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group

You will never be able to cover all of your bases prior to setting up in Mexico for the first time, and you’re certain to make missteps along the way. But choosing a service provider with deep knowledge of the country will help you on your way.

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Q&A: Working with Packaging Closures

April 21, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

To get a better understanding of the issues surrounding closures, and how best to deal with them, Food Manufacturing spoke with experts with different responsibilities at CROWN Closures Americas, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc.

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Lean and Beyond: Increasing the Awareness of MRO

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc.

The recognition that a world-class MRO operation is a necessary component of reliable equipment — and a reliable plant — is essential. Subsequently, awareness is not enough. The ability to actually implement change is critical to produce a competitive and reliable product.

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FAQs on GFSI-Recognized Food Safety & Quality Schemes

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee

Demand for Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized food safety and quality certification isn’t going away — but here’s hoping industry confusion over the various standards will. The following answers to these frequently asked questions might help.

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3 Inbound Shipping Challenges That Impact the Entire Supply Chain

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc.

If you’re looking to save costs on shipping, take a look at inbound shipping. Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group.

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What Does the Future Hold for Cloud Computing?

April 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, NetSuite Inc.

While companies have been relying on hosted software and third-party tools for decades, it has been roughly six years since clouds entered the enterprise IT psyche. Here are some insights into what the future brings for cloud computing.

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Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA

Electrical hazards exist because the modern workplace is filled with electricity-reliant equipment and gadgets. However, a sensible safety plan that addresses equipment, environment and operator issues may reduce the hazards and lead to lower electrical accident rates.

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Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology, took a moment to ask Michael Devereux II, CPA — director of Manufacturing & Distribution Services for Mueller Prost PC and a speaker at the upcoming Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — to clarify some of the details surrounding R&D tax credits.

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Adhesives and Sealants: Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia

When applied correctly, adhesives and sealants can improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs and save large amounts of time and money. To ensure you’re using these products correctly, it’s important to understand the differences in various adhesives.

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Is That Bag of Chips Half Full or Half Empty?

April 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Mike Kuebler, Technical Director, Smithers Pira Testing Laboratory, @michaelkuebler

Distribution testing of packaged products can deliver material-efficient design with assured product protection, which are essential elements of any approach to sustainability. Testing food products through the supply chain before a product arrives on the shelf can save manufacturers both time and money.

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How Veterans Can Help Fix the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans

Manufacturing needs more skilled and dedicated employees, and there will soon be an influx of veterans who have the qualities necessary to be successful. When it comes to technical skills, it would be harder to find people acquainted with more advanced machinery than veterans.

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GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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How Will Big Data Affect Manufacturing?

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Greg Goodwin

To continue the conversation around "Big Data," as well as other emerging trends like mobility, cloud technology and metrics programs, LNS Research has teamed up with MESA International to create the 2013-2014 ‘Metrics that Matter’ survey.

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Preventing Food Waste by Harvesting Energy for the Cold Chain

April 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Jim O’Callaghan, President, EnOcean Inc.

The highest portion of food waste is on the consumers’ side, but food manufacturers also must be vigilant to ensure food stays fresh throughout the supply chain. A non-stop cold chain monitoring system is a major instrument used to keep food fresh.

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Reshoring and Revitalizing the American Supply Chain Network

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com

Reshoring manufacturing is a growing trend in the U.S. After many years of offshoring, companies are taking an in-depth look at the benefits of manufacturing closer to their customer base, leading many companies to consider reshoring production to the U.S.

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The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

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Affecting Change to Improve Business Health (Part II)

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

To plan your business change, either slow and steady or drastic and urgent, pretend you are changing your personal health. Make a plan to change your personal health, and then translate it to a business context. It’s one of my favorite planning methods.

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