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Are You Overlooking a Prime Source of Cost Reductions?

March 17, 2010 6:08 am | by Bob Zak, President & General Manager, Powerit Solutions, North America

We have a tendency to see energy as a largely uncontrollable cost—we need the energy we need when we need it, and often are dealing with a monopoly provider. But even the most energy-intensive businesses can cut energy costs significantly, and without compromising operational performance or quality.

Measure Twice, Criticize Less

March 17, 2010 6:08 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-in-Chief

Despite spending seven years writing about the technical advances in our modern-day food industry, I'm sometimes still guilty of letting sensationalized criticism of our nation's food production get to me. As I drive past the farmers market in my town in a hurry to get to the chain grocery store, I sometimes wonder if I am personally contributing to the downfall of our country's sustainability efforts.

Overcoming Jelly Belly Aches

March 17, 2010 6:07 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-in-Chief

Requests from overseas customers started almost immediately after it became known in 1980 that President-elect Ronald Reagan adored the jelly beans made by the Herman Goelitz Candy Company. Jelly Belly® jelly beans were different from the standard penny store jellies, instead manufactured through a meticulous process, with intense and unusual flavors in the candy shell as well as inside of the bean, using natural ingredients for flavoring.

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Thirsty For Change

March 17, 2010 5:22 am

Vitality Foodservice Canada, Inc. is a subsidiary of Vitality Foodservice, an international leader in beverage products and dispensing equipment with additional companies in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. The Canadian arm of the corporation serves, sells and distributes to the hospitality industry from coast to coast throughout that nation.

For Health Or Money?

March 17, 2010 5:20 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial director

It should be rather straight forward. Eating better = living healthier. Greater overall health = reduced nation-wide health care costs and less taxpayer burden. Again, this seems like a clear connection to make. The unfortunate truth is that clarity has never been a strength of bureaucratic organizations, and the political pessimist in me says our governments are no different.

Ten Steps To DIY Business Process Improvement

March 16, 2010 6:04 am | by Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net

Companies are always striving to make their businesses leaner and more efficient, so the concept of business process improvement (BPI) is nothing new to them. However, many companies default to a third party to help with the process. “There are several reasons why companies use consultants, usually either because they think BPI is more complicated than it is, they don’t feel that their employees have the required skills to do the work, they feel that they need better facilitation skills to lead the work, or they don’t believe that existing employees will eliminate a step in a process if it negatively affects their job,” said Susan Page, Manager, HRIS for a major entertainment company located in Orlando, FL.

Soup Start-Up Finds Path For Growth

March 16, 2010 6:03 am

Having recently retired, Philip Wilbur-with family in tow-opened the doors to HURRICANE'S Café & Deli in 2005. Among the traditional deli fare, HURRICANE'S offered quality soups and chowders, which were made entirely from all-natural, local ingredients. Soup sales took off, with volume quadrupling in a single year.

Collaborative Innovation: How To Partner For Profit With Retailers

March 12, 2010 8:30 am | by George Young, Founding Partner, Kalypso

At first glance, today’s retailers and food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers appear to be in a fierce battle of the brands. Retailers facing mounting pressures to differentiate continue to successfully expand and launch private brands in the marketplace. Meanwhile, F&B manufacturers are trying to protect their brand value and win back market share.

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How Does Your Gearbox Sound?

March 12, 2010 8:28 am | by To read the white paper in its entirety, click here.

Sound can be a very subjective thing. What may sound “unusual” to one individual may very well sound “normal” to another. As a method of diagnosing a potential problem with a gearbox or gearmotor, the sound coming from it should not solely be relied upon to determine whether-or-not a problem exists.

Chocolate Crocodile Tears

March 12, 2010 4:53 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-in-Chief

In Defense of Kraft Just when you thought you were done reading about Kraft and Cadbury, the saga continues. The latest news is that Kraft plans to close Cadbury’s Somerdale plant, leaving 400 Cadbury employees without jobs. In Kraft’s original offer, the company had stated that it would be "in a position to continue to operate the Somerdale facility.

A Bitter Sweet Takeover

March 12, 2010 4:49 am | by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor

In Defense of Cadbury I guess there’s not much to defend, really. Kraft made an offer; Cadbury accepted. The once-British company is soon to join the ranks of the American food giant. And because Cadbury shareholders voted to approve the takeover bid, defending Cadbury would mean defending it against itself.

On The Edge Of My Driver’s Seat

March 10, 2010 4:20 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

So what’s the holdup, you ask? And rightfully so. Lawmakers have been hailing the environmental revolution as the way out of this deep pit called an economic recovery, but have yet to sign anything that would toss a ladder into the deep hole to offer a few folks a glimpse of light. (Listen closely for the whispers of health care.

A Discussion Of HVAC Coil Coatings

March 10, 2010 4:19 am | by Joshua D. Sole, Ph.D., Senior Mechanical Engineer, and Alan H. Brothers, Ph.D., Senior Materials Engineer, Mainstream Engineering Corp.

Many HVAC manufacturers, distributors, and contractors may not realize that hundreds of thousands of coil failures have occurred during the last decade from corrosion. The cause is most typically environmental pollutants, which range anywhere from salt-air, to household cleaning agents, pesticides, formaldehydes, building materials, and even off-gassing of food.

My Garbage Blanket

March 9, 2010 4:15 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

As I drove down Madison’s Beltline highway during last Friday's lovely 40-degree afternoon in search of lunch, I saw some of the first signs of spring. The city-wide blanket of snow was beginning to look like a blanket soaked in beer and run across a dirty wood floor. We’re used to having an ugly springtime here… road dirt, salt, and sand do exactly what you might expect when mixed with melting snow, which is to create a muddy, mushy stream that takes time and a good city drainage system to resolve.

Chipotle Takes A Shine To Polished Concrete Flooring

March 9, 2010 4:14 am | by Seth Warren Rose, Managing Director, The Eneref Institute

Because of its countless benefits and sustainable advantages, polished concrete flooring may soon become the common flooring technology for facility managers in the food manufacturing industry. Polished concrete is a trend in sanitary flooring that has recently captured the interest of facility managers of the grocery and restaurant industry, and is already the main stay of some industrial market sectors.

When Words Collide

March 8, 2010 5:29 am | by Kim H. Pries and Jon M. Quigley PMP, Value Transformation, LLC

Employees deliver, upper management doesn’t. Why does management make unilateral decisions to reduce compensation not only for future work, but for work that has already been performed? Jon M. Quigley PMP Kim H. Pries “People are our greatest resource.

Neighborhood Bakery On The Rise

March 8, 2010 4:21 am

Lone Star epitomizes the “great American success story.” A German immigrant who adopted San Antonio as his home started the bakery in 1889. His specialty was bread, which quickly earned a reputation for its flavor, fresh­ness and consistent quality. In 1956, the Morris family purchased the growing bakery and has continued its operation as a family business.

Demand For Food Containers To Reach $124B

March 5, 2010 4:15 am

World demand for food containers is expected to increase 3.9 percent per year to $124 billion in 2013.  Factors contributing to rising demand include growth in global food output and trends toward convenience-oriented food options as a result of fast-paced lifestyles.  Products made from biodegradable materials will post robust advances, albeit from a low base.

Bottler Bets On Stretch Wrapping Technology

March 4, 2010 10:09 am

Buffalo Rock Company—a private, family-owned Pepsi and Cadbury Schweppes bottler—has the flexibility to make quick decisions, so when given the opportunity to shakedown an alpha model of Lantech's patent-pending No Film Break stretch wrapping machine in 2008, the company took the offer.

Addressing Mechanical Equipment For Safer Operation

March 3, 2010 5:17 am | by Jeff Schnitzer and Jim Rogers, GE Energy Services

Protecting employees, minimizing machinery downtime, maximizing health Safety is a necessity for any industrial plant. Around the world, the focus on the safety and health of employees in the workplace is a growing priority for individuals and organization. In the U.S., for instance, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently combined to express a commitment to safe work, which they say must be prominent in a congressional jobs bill now under consideration.

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