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Small Brands, Big Profits With Smart Packaging

October 17, 2014 | by Michael Bialko | Comments

In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.

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Can Paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant for Alcoa Foundation

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

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A Holistic Approach to Loading Dock Safety, Security and Productivity

October 20, 2014 3:19 pm | by Troy Bergum, Rite-Hite Corporation

According to the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 100 workers are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts. Many of these accidents are related to turnovers or when a forklift operator drives off the dock.

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Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Wayne Kovach

The Better Plants Program recently recognized 11 manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a ten-year span. 

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The Risks of Neglecting Supply Chain EHS Performance

October 17, 2014 2:26 pm | by Paul Leavoy

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization. 

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Automated Inspection Systems Ensure Quality and Safety

October 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection Group

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in January 2011, places the responsibility for food safety squarely on food producers, with requirements that will come into force as all portions of the Act are finalized and implemented. 

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Navigating the Challenge of Choosing ERP Software

October 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Disconnects are a major issue for many companies, and without an ERP system, they are almost inevitable. In the end, ERP may not be right for every company. However, an ERP system that matches a company’s size and product can streamline the manufacturing process.

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Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan

The power of cloud computing to connect a multitude of devices and platforms is yet another transformation that is impacting manufacturing facilities. The use of cloud in the food & beverage industry can monitor time-critical perishable foods that have set temperature, pressure and humidity requirements.

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5 Tips to Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 13, 2014 7:50 am | by Zurich Insurance Group

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), property losses at U.S. factories total nearly $1 billion each year. To help reduce these annual losses, Zurich recommends that manufacturing facilities make a commitment to the following five steps.

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Extended LEAN Best Practices

October 10, 2014 12:32 pm | by Eric Lail

With an Extended LEAN approach, companies examine the whole supply chain — both manufacturing and logistics — connect end-to-end value streams and use actionable intelligence to ensure a continuous adoption of change.   

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What Does a Sustainable Shopping List Look Like?

October 10, 2014 9:42 am | by TakePart

Today's Americans are eating healthier, but we still have a long way to go in terms of sustainability. A recent survey showed that American consumers eat the most processed and packaged foods and the fewest fruits and vegetables of the 18 countries ranked.

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Better Food Traceability to Reduce Unnecessary Waste

October 8, 2014 3:13 pm | by Angela Fernandez, Vice President of Retail Grocery and Foodservice, GS1 US

While food waste is commonly a result of consumer behavior after purchase, food manufacturers and their trading partners can help ensure more edible food stays out of the garbage by implementing better traceability processes.       

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5 Tips to Maximize Success With a Co-Packing Partner

October 7, 2014 10:08 am | by Sheila Heath, Marketing Manager, CROWN Specialty Packaging N.A.

A partnership with a co-packer is a great way to manage both long- and short-term projects. Having the right co-packing partner can make a huge difference in cost reduction and production efficiency. Here are five steps to help maximize success in your partnership. 

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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 10:44 am | by Fred Thomas

Smart devices create smart production lines, enabling a significant level of manufacturing agility that makes it possible to connect customer needs with a company’s ability to deliver a product. Manufacturers must be better able to adapt quickly to consumer preferences.

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How to Keep Rodents From Entering Your Food Facility This Fall

October 6, 2014 10:06 am | by John Kane, B.C.E., Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services

In addition to negatively affecting your audit score — pest control can account for up to 20 percent of your third-party audit — rodents can damage or contaminate inventory and products, resulting in disposal and even rejected shipments.   

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Improve Loading Dock Safety: 6 Key Tips

October 3, 2014 2:52 pm | by Brad Poulter

You do not want to lose production time due to an inefficient loading dock. You also cannot sacrifice safety for speed. Follow these loading dock safety tips to keep your dock safe and your products moving efficiently.        

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5 Things Every Distributor Should Consider by 2015

October 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Brad Poulter

From a changing global economy and a shift away from outsourcing to newer technologies and consumer demands, distributors have their work cut out if they want to keep ahead of trends. Here are five bits of wisdom that can pay off for distributors looking to the future.

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ISM: Manufacturing Set For a Strong Q4

October 3, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 2:26 pm | by Sean Riley

Real-time data is critical, and it positions the IoT as a significant enabler of gleaning vivid insight into real-time production performance and some really interesting new revenue opportunities.                  

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Lean and Food Safety Certification Go Hand in Hand

October 2, 2014 9:34 am | by George Gansner, IFS Management GmbH and Steve Weise, TBM Consulting Group, Inc.

Most food manufacturers and suppliers have two completely separate operational excellence initiatives. By uniting these two efforts, food safety programs can provide customers with certification assurances while building a culture of process discipline, continuous improvement and employee engagement.

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In Defense of Frozen: Natural Sector Continues to Boom

October 1, 2014 10:14 am | by Chris Licata, President, CEO, Blake's All Natural Foods

If a clean ingredient deck is the primary driver of the shift toward Natural and Organic meals in the frozen aisle, another contributing factor in consumers’ decisions to abandon their long-standing relationship with legacy brands is the desire to know more about the company who makes their food.

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