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Food Safety Update: Lab Testing

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Most facilities are testing for quality when they perform lab tests, according to respondents. Nearly 86 percent said quality is their first priority, followed by 65.7 percent that said they test for the pathogens, biological contaminants and other food safety dangers.

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Blurring the Lines Between Manufacturing and Retail

June 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Chuck Fuerst

In the old days, a product was created by a manufacturer, sent to national and regional distribution centers, then to a store and finally to the customer. In today's multi-channel world, a retailer may demand the manufacturer ship an item directly to the customer.

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Facilities Stay Connected With Infrared Imaging on Smart Phones

June 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

FLIR Systems announced two new products designed to put thermal imaging into the hands of consumers. According to Fluke, maintenance technicians make better, faster decisions when they have field access to records and when they can review measurements in real time.

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Converting Produce Waste into Energy

June 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Meredith Sorensen, Director of Communications, Harvest Power

As a society, we waste food along every step of the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, the USDA estimates that in the U.S., 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply in 2010 went uneaten.

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Scheduling Your Way to Customer Service Success

June 24, 2014 2:23 pm | by Danna Nelson, Aptean

The customer relationship suffers when manufacturers can’t deliver on time. When companies promise a delivery and that promise is broken, customers start to doubt future orders. Now that customers have more options with whom to work, it's become a harsh reality.

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Managing Idle Time to Improve Productivity

June 24, 2014 9:58 am | by Michael Harris

It is important to have a proper program for reporting and tracking both productive and non-productive aspects of operations. Looking for ways to remove idle time and eliminate bottlenecks requires diligence over time and a focus on continuous improvement.

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5 Keys to Optimizing Product Inspection

June 23, 2014 9:18 am | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, Mettler Toledo Product Inspection Group

Haunting every food manufacturer is the possible recall of one of its products contaminated with a foreign material — an event that would be costly not only in direct costs of recalling the product, but also in lost retailer and consumer confidence and damaged brand image.

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Protect Your Ideas from Patent Infringement

June 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Michael Sherban

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Patent Attorney Michael Sherban says the most common reasons companies do not pursue patent protection is that they are either too busy or too intimidated by the process.

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Averting Disaster: Ammonia Hazards

June 20, 2014 8:15 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Ammonia is a gas that’s valuable as a food manufacturing refrigerant. It’s also considered a high-risk health hazard as it’s corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs. Ammonia is flammable, and can explode if released in an enclosed space with a source of ignition.

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How to Keep Birds at Bay in Food Facilities

June 19, 2014 8:45 am | by Shannon Sked, Manager Specialty Services, Western Pest Services & No Fly Zone

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, birds cause tens of millions of dollars in damage every year to machinery, automobiles, roofs and ventilation systems. Their droppings can expose your product to more than 60 dangerous diseases.

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Patent Infringement: How to Avoid a Nightmare

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by William H. Honaker, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC

Nothing crushes your hopes more than receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a very upset patent owner after your great success of what you thought was a new product launch. Attorney Bill Honaker explains five ways to avoid the nightmare of patent infringement.

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Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 17, 2014 10:15 am

If your workforce storage areas are not safe and secure or if your product inventory is extremely unorganized, you're not alone. Learning new ways to keep productivity moving can help with the large amount of products being manufactured on the floor. 

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Four Manufacturing Software Applications to Support Operational Agility

June 17, 2014 8:40 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research

Chances are, an increased rate of production response to changes in supply and demand is high on your operational wish-list. When it comes to agility, there's no such thing as too fast. Here are four software applications that support operational agility.

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Four Reasons You Won’t Retire as Soon as You Think

June 16, 2014 2:13 pm | by Martin Smith, sustainable business professional

Lifestyle changes, new technologies and evolving industries mean that the younger you are now, the older your age of retirement. When are you likely to retire?  Here are a few of the influences leading to longer lasting employment for America’s workforce.

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Healthier Eating Requires a New IT Diet

June 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor

Consumers are moving to less processed products with cleaner labels, which means that manufacturers are dealing with products that have much shorter shelf lives. If it hasn't already, will your company be ready to make the switch to shorter shelf life products?

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Feet First: Best Practices to Ensure Safe Flooring

June 13, 2014 12:24 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. But just because flooring is constantly underfoot doesn't mean it’s also constantly top-of-mind. How can your company ensure safety through safe flooring?

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What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design?

June 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online

The layout of your warehouse should make sense, with items at an easy access. Customer needs will dictate much of how you design your warehouse — from layout to inventory. Keeping your customers happy should be your top priority, and design is a key part of that.

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Is 3DP Right for Your Company?

June 12, 2014 9:11 am | by PwC US

Additive manufacturing is showing signs of triggering transformations in U.S. industrial manufacturing, from product design and production to restructured supply chains. What should your company know before implementing a 3D printing strategy?

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Natural Foods, Paleo Diet Go Mainstream

June 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc.

After decades of escalating biological and technological intervention in how our food is grown, processed, packaged and sold, a significant group of shoppers yearns to take eating back to a simpler time with the trendy Paleolithic or “paleo” diet.

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How to Deal With a Fast-Breaking Crisis in Your Plant

June 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International

Explosions, gas leaks and terrorist attacks — Oh my! A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?          

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