The customer relationship suffers when manufacturers can’t deliver on time. When companies promise a delivery and that promise is broken, customers start to doubt future orders. Now that customers have more options with whom to work, it's become a harsh reality.
It is important to have a proper program for reporting and tracking both productive and non-productive aspects of operations. Looking for ways to remove idle time and eliminate bottlenecks requires diligence over time and a focus on continuous improvement.
Haunting every food manufacturer is the possible recall of one of its products contaminated with a foreign material — an event that would be costly not only in direct costs of recalling the product, but also in lost retailer and consumer confidence and damaged brand image.
Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Patent Attorney Michael Sherban says the most common reasons companies do not pursue patent protection is that they are either too busy or too intimidated by the process.
Ammonia is a gas that’s valuable as a food manufacturing refrigerant. It’s also considered a high-risk health hazard as it’s corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs. Ammonia is flammable, and can explode if released in an enclosed space with a source of ignition.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, birds cause tens of millions of dollars in damage every year to machinery, automobiles, roofs and ventilation systems. Their droppings can expose your product to more than 60 dangerous diseases.
Nothing crushes your hopes more than receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a very upset patent owner after your great success of what you thought was a new product launch. Attorney Bill Honaker explains five ways to avoid the nightmare of patent infringement.
If your workforce storage areas are not safe and secure or if your product inventory is extremely unorganized, you're not alone. Learning new ways to keep productivity moving can help with the large amount of products being manufactured on the floor.
Chances are, an increased rate of production response to changes in supply and demand is high on your operational wish-list. When it comes to agility, there's no such thing as too fast. Here are four software applications that support operational agility.
Lifestyle changes, new technologies and evolving industries mean that the younger you are now, the older your age of retirement. When are you likely to retire? Here are a few of the influences leading to longer lasting employment for America’s workforce.
Consumers are moving to less processed products with cleaner labels, which means that manufacturers are dealing with products that have much shorter shelf lives. If it hasn't already, will your company be ready to make the switch to shorter shelf life products?
According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. But just because flooring is constantly underfoot doesn't mean it’s also constantly top-of-mind. How can your company ensure safety through safe flooring?
The layout of your warehouse should make sense, with items at an easy access. Customer needs will dictate much of how you design your warehouse — from layout to inventory. Keeping your customers happy should be your top priority, and design is a key part of that.
Additive manufacturing is showing signs of triggering transformations in U.S. industrial manufacturing, from product design and production to restructured supply chains. What should your company know before implementing a 3D printing strategy?
After decades of escalating biological and technological intervention in how our food is grown, processed, packaged and sold, a significant group of shoppers yearns to take eating back to a simpler time with the trendy Paleolithic or “paleo” diet.
Explosions, gas leaks and terrorist attacks — Oh my! A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?
Traceability plays a major role in protecting consumer loyalty, managing reputational risks and ensuring food safety. Food traceability programs allow companies to identify the source of a problem, and initiate the appropriate procedures to remedy it immediately.
Many small manufacturers believe business technology is something for larger companies only, that it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. Here are three of the most common misconceptions with small manufacturers and wholesale distributors.
Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.
The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many manufacturers, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people. How would you react to a serious safety incident?