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The Role of Software in SRM

February 27, 2014 12:00 pm | by Douglas Olander, Managing Director, BBK

Most small to midsize manufacturing companies today use an MRP/ERP system to conduct their business. What separates those manufacturers using data effectively from those not is centered in how data issues are handled. It revolves around management approach, not software sophistication.


9 Tactics to Build a Best in Class Safety Program to Impact Your Bottom Line

February 26, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc.

Creating a safe work environment with a focus on manufacturing safety is yet another variable in operations that has a major impact on bottom-line, service level, employee motivation, investor’s relations and brand image. So what really is the key to ensure that there is a focus on manufacturing safety? 


How to Identify the Right Forklift for Your Operation

February 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Tom Reddon

Manufacturing technology and processes have advanced — even for forklifts. Today, there are plenty of lift-truck designs out there for all types of businesses, and with the right knowledge, you’re sure to find the right machine for your needs.


5 Quick Questions: Putting Big Data to Work

February 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Food Manufacturing

Steve Wise is the Vice President of Statistical Methods at InfinityQS, a provider of statistical process control (SPC) software. He recently discussed the best practices for implementing data-driven software and how manufacturers can most effectively use the information it provides.


Q&A: Preventing Food Fraud at Your Facility

February 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

The Grocery Manufacturers Association estimates that economic adulteration and counterfeiting of global food and consumer products costs the industry $10-15 billion per year. Don Hsieh of Tyco Integrated Security discusses how food manufacturers can prevent food fraud in their facilities.


Don't Risk Total Product Recall

February 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division, VAI

It is critical for food distributors to implement a comprehensive, written food safety plan that includes documentation of product shipping information, sanitation guidelines and the steps to follow in the event that a recall takes place.


Q&A: Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

February 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

In operations where workers end up getting covered in dust or chips of some sort, they might turn a compressed air gun at themselves in order to clean themselves off quickly. The problem is that this can be exceptionally dangerous, depending on the output pressure of the air line.


Reshoring: A Key Strategy Facing Present and Future Manufacturers

February 21, 2014 8:00 am | by Guy Morgan, Managing Director and Global Operations Advisory Group Lead, BBK

Global economy changes have triggered a trend: More manufacturers are looking to bring work back to an original location. The challenge, of course, is to not make the same errors in reshoring that occurred during the outsourcing process.


Why We Should Invest in America’s Infrastructure Problems

February 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author

Whether it is missing a delivery promise because of a freeway jam or losing water pressure in a food plant, infrastructure problems will continue to increase business costs and make business less competitive. Despite the cost of repairing or replacing our infrastructure, it is a good investment for the country.


Four Ways to Uncover Hidden Capacity

February 20, 2014 8:00 am | by David Pate, Ken Van Winkle, Steve Weise, Keith Yeater

By analyzing current performance, leveraging the creativity of employees and moving internal setup steps to external, food and beverage manufacturers can manage current demands with existing capacity and respond to new market opportunities as they arise.


5 Indispensable Quality Management Software Tools

February 19, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Bluemner, Project Specialist Manager, Find Accounting Software

How does the use of quality management software affect overall business performance? The relationship seems to be unequivocally positive. In a 2011 survey, the Aberdeen Group found that “best-in-class manufacturers” had substantially higher quality management software usage rates than everyone else.


Leading the Way on a New Manufacturing Generation

February 19, 2014 1:00 am | by Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing – Spee-Dee, and Chairman of the Education and Workforce Development Committee – PMMI

All around the country there are manufacturing jobs that employers are looking to fill, but the problem stems from not enough skilled workers to fill them. According to, there are more than 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs that remain unfilled due to a lack of trained workers.


Manufacturing Decline Is a Misconception

February 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Joe Atikian, the author of Industrial Shift: The Structure of the New World Economy, addresses how misconceptions about manufacturing decline began, America as a viable manufacturing hub in the future, and why we can't overlook Mexico.


Integrated Pest Management Offers a Better Mousetrap

February 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil

Pesticides are often the method used to control pests in food processing facilities, but pesticides alone are not the solution. A better solution is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) program as part of your food safety program.


Why ERP Doesn’t Work and Steps to Fix The Problem

February 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Robert Byrne, CEO of Terra Technology

ERP is often mistaken as the single universal solution to meet every need. Whether the result of over-aggressive vendors or self-imposed rationalization to justify the large investment, the outcome is the same: disappointment with supply chain functionality.


Smart System Supervises Champagne Fermentation

February 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Stéphane Fournier, Manager, SF2I

Veuve Clicquot is a French champagne house known the world over. The house does not compromise on quality and its motto is 'Only one quality — the finest.' In order to ensure it always makes the finest champagne, it also needs to be able to closely supervise its production systems.


Protecting Manufacturing from Hackers' Favorite Tool: Social Engineering

February 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Multz, Director of Midmarket North America, Dell SecureWorks

As James Cagney would say, “You dirty, double-crossing rat.” That’s the sentiment businesses feel after falling for “social engineering” tactics. Social engineers pretend to be someone they’re not in hopes that you fall for one of their ploys.


Bottled Water Trends for 2014

February 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Chris Hogan, Vice President of Communications, the International Bottled Water Association

When compared to other packaged beverage categories, it becomes clear that bottled water’s growth can be attributed to a ‘shift-in-consumption’ trend, with the soft drink category experiencing its eighth consecutive year of volume loss.


Recruit and Retain: Strategies to Close the Manufacturing Talent Gap

February 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Turner, president and founder, Turner Machine Company

It’s now more important than ever that manufacturing leaders focus on employee recruitment and retention if they aim for future growth. To properly recruit the talent you need to grow your business, you must first identify what that talent looks like.


Brainstorm: Disaster Prevention (Part II)

February 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Matt Brady, Vice President of Business Development, Federal Signal Corporation

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What solutions can food manufacturers put in place to prevent potential disasters and increase employee safety?



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