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Adhesives and Sealants: Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 15, 2014 | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Comments

When applied correctly, adhesives and sealants can improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs and save large amounts of time and money. To ensure you’re using these products correctly, it’s important to understand the differences in various adhesives.

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Is That Bag of Chips Half Full or Half Empty?

April 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Mike Kuebler, Technical Director, Smithers Pira Testing Laboratory, @michaelkuebler

Distribution testing of packaged products can deliver material-efficient design with assured product protection, which are essential elements of any approach to sustainability. Testing food products through the supply chain before a product arrives on the shelf can save manufacturers both time and money.

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How Veterans Can Help Fix the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans

Manufacturing needs more skilled and dedicated employees, and there will soon be an influx of veterans who have the qualities necessary to be successful. When it comes to technical skills, it would be harder to find people acquainted with more advanced machinery than veterans.

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GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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How Will Big Data Affect Manufacturing?

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Greg Goodwin

To continue the conversation around "Big Data," as well as other emerging trends like mobility, cloud technology and metrics programs, LNS Research has teamed up with MESA International to create the 2013-2014 ‘Metrics that Matter’ survey.

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Preventing Food Waste by Harvesting Energy for the Cold Chain

April 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Jim O’Callaghan, President, EnOcean Inc.

The highest portion of food waste is on the consumers’ side, but food manufacturers also must be vigilant to ensure food stays fresh throughout the supply chain. A non-stop cold chain monitoring system is a major instrument used to keep food fresh.

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Reshoring and Revitalizing the American Supply Chain Network

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com

Reshoring manufacturing is a growing trend in the U.S. After many years of offshoring, companies are taking an in-depth look at the benefits of manufacturing closer to their customer base, leading many companies to consider reshoring production to the U.S.

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The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

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Affecting Change to Improve Business Health (Part II)

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

To plan your business change, either slow and steady or drastic and urgent, pretend you are changing your personal health. Make a plan to change your personal health, and then translate it to a business context. It’s one of my favorite planning methods.

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Affecting Change to Improve Business Health (Part I)

April 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

The effort required to improve the health of your business can be compared to the commitment necessary to change your personal health. It is important to understand what drives successful business improvement change instead of failed efforts.

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How to Manage Mobile ‘Big Data’ Legal Risks

April 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Reif

The opportunities accompanying the possibilities of mobile's big data are not limitless. Government policies and privacy laws create very real exposures that food industry members must keep in mind as they seek to leverage mobile big data.

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The Nuts & Bolts of MRO: Using Inventory Data to Strengthen Your Supply Chain

April 7, 2014 9:36 am | by Brian Norris, Vice President of Inventory Management, Grainger

Successful inventory management programs start with a thorough understanding of the inventory itself. Identifying who uses the inventory, how they use it, why they use it and where they store it is the first step to determining the type of inventory management solution best for business needs.

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Justification for Migration

April 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Vernak, Marketing Manager, Process Business, Rockwell Automation

Many plants with process applications have an outdated distributed control system. As these systems reach the end of their life, migration to a new automation system is required. But before this can take place, internal plant personnel must provide a financial justification.

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Manufacturing and the Decline of the Middle Class

April 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Mike Collins, Author

It does not appear that the jobs being created in the post industrial economy are going to halt the decline of the middle class or improve living standards in the United States. I believe that to have a chance of reversing this, American manufacturing must rebound.

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Reaping the Gains of Business Process Automation

April 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, once fact is indisputable: business process automation is on the rise.

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7 Lighting Considerations for a Lean Transformation

April 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Drew, Industrial Vertical Sales Manager, and Rick Leeds, Vertical Marketing Manager, OSRAM SYLVANIA

Manufacturers in every industry have a number of lean transformations to consider when it comes to plant efficiency. Reconsidering a facility’s electrical lighting can play a critical role in improving all aspects of day-to-day operations.

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Strategic Planning for Food Manufacturers Is More Crucial Than Ever

April 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Joe Bove, Vice President, Design, Stellar

As food manufacturers face stronger regulation and fierce competition, many recognize the need for establishing a strategic plan. This months-long process entails looking at where you are and where you want to go, and creating a roadmap to get you there.

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Fill Level Monitoring: Saving Money and Staying Safe

March 31, 2014 8:00 am | by John Terra

Fill level monitoring, an alternative to checkweighing inspection, is a stage of the manufacturing process in which packages are filled to the correct height, regardless of the type of container or contents, using thermal imaging, sensors  and X-rays to measure the proper level.

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The Benefits and Risks of Mobile Access To Manufacturing Information

March 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director, Product Management, M-Files Corporation

As more employees look to use mobile devices for work activities, manufacturers must evaluate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies that have the potential to significantly enhance productivity and compliance activities, while ensuring sensitive information is protected.

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Revitalizing Your ERP with Process Automation

March 27, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Rauscher, Director of Solutions Design, Redwood Software, Inc.

With such large sums of money spent just to keep enterprise resource planning systems running, it’s clear that there’s room for improvement. There are three basic options that can be used to energize and revitalize corporate ERP systems.

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Q&A: Addressing BPA and Chemicals of Concern amid Regulatory Pressures

March 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Iuliana Nita of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics discusses the challenges facing food and beverage manufacturers and reflects on the preemptive measures being taken to address the rising safety concerns surrounding chemicals of concern in the midst of increasing global regulatory pressures.

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