Modern data centers are complex beasts; with a variety of appliances running across a multitude of hardware configurations and physical layouts, they are the product of years of expansion and growth. One of the first things I ask customers is what management tools they are using. There's always a laundry list, some open-source (like Nagios) and some from large software vendors (like IBM Tivoli).
Del Mar Foods’ food processes involve numerous energy-intensive operations, and many of these operations cannot be shut down due to the perishable nature of food products. Del Mar Foods needed to reduce energy costs without affecting production numbers or the quality of their products. Powerit Solutions’ engineers found the facility could do this by managing the demand of loads such as IQFs, plate freezers, cold room evaporators, ammonia compressors, and waste water handling equipment.
When your mission is to make the world’s freshest pickle, you can’t afford any jams in your cucumber processing line. A major pickle manufacturer experienced this disruption in production at least two to three times per month because the conveyor that transferred the cucumbers from the water wash tank was prematurely wearing and breaking.
When I was in college, I worked at the local printing plant every summer. It was hot, dirty, monotonous and arduous work feeding paper into binding machines, but I enjoyed it. The labor kept me in shape, but what I really enjoyed was seeing the fruits of my labor — I was part of making something people used every day.
From invoices to purchase orders and myriad supporting documentation, all manufacturing organizations rely on their accounting departments to keep business moving. After all, a manufacturer’s success and profitability are ultimately defined by their ability to efficiently pay for what’s needed to run their business and, in return, promptly receive payment for goods and services rendered.
People always say that you can tell a lot about a person by simply observing his or her hands. In most cases, I’ve found this to be true. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it’s still apparent that my first real job (besides babysitting ... that doesn’t count) was dishwashing.
The recession has broken the American workforce into two factions. The unemployed, who primarily loathe anyone with a current position (even if they may be collecting unemployment checks while working cash jobs off the books); and the gratefully, desperately employed onto lean staffs.
American Crystal Sugar Company (ACS) is an agricultural cooperative involved in the growing and processing of sugar beets. It operates five sugar factories in the Red River Valley (northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota) and one plant in Montana under the name Sidney Sugars, Inc. Headquartered in Moorhead, Minn.
I thought I knew what a deadline was in college, but when I was miraculously able to translate my English literature degree into a full-time writing job, I learned what this really meant. When someone is paying you to do something, you get it done—plain and simple. What this occasionally means for me are long nights, early mornings, and a rare summer Saturday spent getting laptop burns on my legs instead of sunburns.
A leading international wholesale distributor that provides quality products at very competitive prices, Fair Market, Inc. requires extensive storage space to keep its products cold and fresh. With its corporate headquarters and main warehouse located in Wentzville, MO, Fair Market, Inc. can efficiently ship products anywhere in the United States from its centrally located facility.
Food safety issues are increasingly front-page news as consumers over the last several years have read about food contamination crises such as ground beef, spinach, peanuts, and cookie dough. Each incident poses a safety issue for consumers and a high cost in both dollars and brand reputation for food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers.
The last person who told me what I could or could not eat was my mother — and I think I was ten years old. As an adult, I thought I was finally free from meal-time oppression; however, apparently the Institute of Medicine is now filling in for my mom. A story last week discussed the Institute of Medicine’s urging of the FDA to set maximum sodium levels for food items, and force the food industry to change.
The growing influence of the senior market will have a very unique and direct impact on food manufacturers — effecting everything from packaging to product development. In the next decade, American baby boomers will drive an estimated $50 billion in incremental CPG growth. According to The Nielsen Company, 2037 will be our “oldest” year, with more than 30% of households headed by a person over the age of 65 – and almost 50% of those households will be a single person.
Manufacturing, an industry long known as the most vital to the overall economic strength of North America, is faltering. Without the attention it so desperately deserves, it is in grave danger of continual decline. While financial experts claim the economic situation is entering the recovery stage, industries such as manufacturing are still struggling to gain traction.
With increasing pressure from retailers, competition from low-cost manufacturers, and global market expansion, consumer product manufacturers are carefully examining their production processes. They seek to help their operations become leaner, reduce cost and time to market, and ultimately impact the top and bottom line.
Anthony Rowcliffe, a 42 year-old company that has its roots in Peckham, London, has grown over the years and is now operating out of two purpose-built BRC accredited sites at Paddock Wood in Kent, supplying over 1,000 different lines, including its own branded Clemency Hall product. The sites operate five day weeks with a same day delivery policy to a variety of major supermarkets.
With today's limited internal resources, it's tough to transform machine maintenance from reactionary to preventive, and ultimately proactive, despite the obvious upsides in higher overall equipment efficiency (OEE), better process control, and lower total cost. Outsourcing this requirement to a third-party specialist, however, is a cost-effective alternative.
All things come to an end. And so it is with Microsoft Extended Support and Security Updates for Windows 2000, which will cease in July of this year. Any manufacturer with industrial applications based on Windows 2000 may wisely be considering a newer operating system right now, in order to remain in production with the needed security support.
Under today's conditions of stagnant demand and tight credit, many mid-market manufacturers and distributors face intense competition for dwindling markets and increasing pressure on their bottom line. With recovery still "around the corner" at an uncertain date, how can they continue to survive, let alone thrive? Essentially, the same way they compete in prosperous times — by increasing the efficiency of their planning, administration, production, sales, distribution, service, and other essentials of their particular business.
In an economy where manufacturers are struggling to stay afloat, some are also fighting to find ways to keep their workers employed. Save An American Job (SAAJ) is a branding and networking initiative designed to do just that. Save an American Job, founded by Don Rongione, CEO and President of the Bollman Hat Company, is a proactive initiative to encourage more Americans to buy American-made products and help manufacturers prevent job losses in the industry.