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How Closed-Loop Systems Help Food Processors Save Water, Other Costs

March 2, 2015 8:25 am | by Al Fosco, Frigel North America

Here’s what to know about closed-loop systems and how they differ from cooling towers — along with tips for how to ensure the best return on the investment, which can include water efficiencies, cost savings and improved sustainability.

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5 Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

February 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Joakim Ahlström

When these five fears are prevalent, openness and creativity are replaced by "watching your back" and "looking good," and when those drive you, you will never truly succeed.

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Sizing Up Success: Consumers Crave Packaging Size Variety

February 26, 2015 8:50 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak

Suley Muratoglu, vice president, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc., explains the forces shaping packaging size variety, including why and how brands and retailers should take this into account when conceptualizing products.

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#ThanksMichelleObama: How US School Meals Compare to Those Around the World

February 25, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Photos of school lunches from around the world are going viral. There's only one problem: the photo of the U.S. meal doesn't even come close to comparing to those in Italy, Brazil, South Korea and others around the globe.

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Q&A: How Low-Calorie Diets Slow Aging

February 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor, Laboratory Equipment Magazine

Scientist Stephen Ginsberg of the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Nathan Kline Institute says that a low-calorie diet can stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in the brain.

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Why Manufacturers Need to do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mariano Nunez

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications running on SAP platforms.

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Exploring the Re-Proposed FSMA Rules and Ways to Comply

February 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Dr. Jennifer McEntire, VP and Chief Science Officer, Manu Gopeendran, Associate Director, MetricStream

The FSMA represents the most sweeping reform in food safety laws in several decades. With the aim of preventing food safety incidents, the law lays out multiple requirements to ensure that good food safety controls and measures are established at every step of the food chain.

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Are You Walking By Your Best Cost Reduction Opportunity?

February 23, 2015 3:30 pm | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions, Inc.

MRO storerooms exist within manufacturing plants, as well as institutional campuses for hospitals, universities, schools, etc. These facilities are generally considered necessary to support plant maintenance, assets, production activities, and employee safety.

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Q&A: The Changing Engineering and R&D Landscape

February 23, 2015 1:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad.

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Helping Stock Food Banks With Milk

February 23, 2015 9:57 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak

Milk is one of the food bank items most in demand by Americans living in food-insecure households. Suley Muratoglu, vice president of Tetra Pak, examines how shelf-safe milk can help fill in the gaps for food banks, while providing supply chain and environmental benefits for manufacturers.

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Adopting Technology to Go Lean in 2015: The Right Choice For Small Manufacturers

February 20, 2015 1:45 pm | by Dave Lechleitner

To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.   

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5 Facts on Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 9:40 am | by by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

You might know that Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the country and that the profits fund community service projects, scholarships, and summer camps. However, you might not be aware that the beloved cookies are sustainably produced and safe for consumers with common dietary restrictions.

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Attack on Sugars, Caffeine Has Beverage Makers Upset With Dietary Committee

February 20, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The American Beverage Association is not so keen on some of the recommended restrictions from the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. The Committee is considering putting limitations on added sugars for the first time.

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Six states are considering phasing out bisphenol A, or BPA, from consumer products, while four states are set to take up restrictions on cadmium. Other potential measures include restrictions on formaldehyde, triclosan and microbeads.

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How to Get Management More Involved in Your PSM Program

February 19, 2015 1:35 pm | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, PSM, Stellar

Does your management team actually understand what’s involved in process safety management? For many organizations, the answer is no. Management often doesn’t realize how much goes into completing each of the 14 PSM elements, telling their teams to simply “get it done." However, there are ways to increase management’s PSM involvement.

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Another Reason to Cut Back on Soda: It May Be Linked to Cancer

February 19, 2015 11:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Every day, nearly half of Americans over the age of six are likely exposing themselves to this cancer-causing carcinogen. Researchers say if you are part of the 44 to 58 percent of people who consume at least one can of soda per day, you are exposing yourself to 4-methylimidazol.

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The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 18, 2015 1:25 pm | by Kenneth Ross

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.   

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Mom Bloggers Reveal Secrets to Get Men Cooking

February 18, 2015 11:45 am | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers

How can food manufacturers encourage more men to take an interest in meal preparation? The first step is Mom Bloggers. Some Mom Bloggers felt the secret for food makers to motivate men to pitch in was through traditional gender-based “manly” foodstuffs.

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Are You Self-Auditing for PSM Compliance? You Should Be

February 18, 2015 8:05 am | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, PSM, Stellar

Don’t let your food processing plant’s process safety management audit take you by surprise. Preparation is paramount, and self-auditing is key. Here are some tips for performing a self audit in your facility.

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Keys to Integrating a Form Fill Seal Bag Machine With an Auger Filler

February 17, 2015 1:25 pm | by Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing — Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery

The process can become easier by improving communication between the vendors and customer early in the design stages. This will make that process a much quicker and smoother experience for everyone involved – and deliver a form fill seal machine that’s ready for action the first day it is installed.

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