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How to Develop and Execute a Weekly Maintenance Schedule

June 18, 2015 8:05 am | by Tim Kister, CMRP, Life Cycle Engineering

Developing and executing a weekly maintenance schedule comes with its own unique set of challenges. However, there are ways to make it easier, more manageable and, most important, effective. 

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This Week in Food History: The Birth of Pizza Hut

June 17, 2015 10:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

This week in food manufacturing history, we'll take a look at the first commercial ice-cream factory, the planting of the first macadamia nuts, the invention of Cracker Jack and the birth of Pizza Hut.

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Vertical Farming Series Part 3: Vertical Farms to Watch

June 17, 2015 9:55 am | by Henry Gordon Smith, The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF), North America

While we’ve looked in detail at the applications and technological innovations that have paved the way for more vertical farms, what do those applications and innovations look like in practice? In our third and final post of the series, we tour some of the most compelling examples of vertical farms from around the world.

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Three Times Cool Tech Transformed Manufacturing

June 17, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

From a vineyard in Vermont to the massive Port of Hamburg, here are three examples of IoT technology taking manufacturing to the next level.

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It's Worth Educating Mom Bloggers About Natural, Organic Foods

June 16, 2015 11:20 am | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers

There are great rewards for natural and organic food manufacturers that would take the time to educate Mom Bloggers on the virtues of their natural and organic food products. For starters, Mom Bloggers would be glad to share this information with millions of Moms. And as consumers, they’d welcome the clarity.

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Equipment Acquisition: Fair Market Value or $1 Buyout Lease? What You Need to Know to Decide

June 16, 2015 8:35 am | by William G. Sutton, CAE, President and CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

When you’re looking to preserve or access capital, equipment financing is an attractive option that offers these and numerous other benefits when acquiring equipment.  With leasing, knowing the factors that go into deciding whether to enter into a fair market value (FMV) lease or $1 buyout lease will enable you to make the right financing choice for the equipment you need to operate your business. 

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OSHA-Based or IBC Stairs: Clearing up a Warehouse Controversey

June 15, 2015 2:45 pm | by Arlin Keck, R&D Engineer, Steel King Industries

For anyone working in an industrial or warehouse environment, where cost, space, efficient material handling and worker safety are vital, the OSHA-based stairs are often preferred over IBC stairs due to their smaller footprint, better fit, and lower cost.

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Reducing Touches: Managing Lifecycles in Material Handling

June 15, 2015 1:30 pm | by Larry Korak

The material handling industry is uniquely tied to the fortunes of other industries and, as such, has much to gain from investments in technology supporting the design and on-going management of product lifecycles. 

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Case History: For Food Safety's Sake

June 15, 2015 12:45 pm | by Power PR

Equipment manufacturers co-develop products to eliminate an ongoing HACCP issue and benefit food processors.

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6 Focus Areas For Food-Safe Facility Retrofits

June 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Kevin Keen, Stellar

When you’re producing food and beverage products during facility improvements, maintaining sanitary conditions must remain one of the highest priorities.

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Track and Trace Technology: One Cure For the Common Recall

June 12, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jack Payne

For the most part, companies are stepping up and taking accountability when contamination strikes. But the food and beverage manufacturing industry has much more work to do to prevent the endangerment of lives. 

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Enhancing Indoor Air Quality in Manufacturing Facilities

June 11, 2015 1:20 pm | by Tennant Company

Enhancing indoor air quality through better cleaning practices and equipment can improve employees’ health, and improve the overall experience for visitors to your facility.

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Vertical Farming Series Part 2: The Home-Based Vertical Farm

June 11, 2015 1:00 pm | by Henry Gordon Smith, The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF), North America

By definition, vertical farming involves large, industrial buildings growing hundreds of plants using the latest technologies and systems. However, vertical farming has also flourished in residential settings and, with the right tools and support, the home-based indoor farm can thrive year-round.

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Manufacturer Finance Programs: Take Control of Increasing Sales to Grow Your Business

June 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Phillip A. Bruno, Chief Marketing Officer, Marlin Business Services Corp.

There is a fairly common misconception among manufacturers who sell equipment or software directly or through distributors to commercial end-user customers. It is a costly one that can result in fewer sales, smaller market share, less repeat business, and weaker brand recognition.

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This Week in Food History: The Merger That Created PepsiCo

June 10, 2015 12:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

This week in food manufacturing history, we'll take a look at the merger of Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay, a patent for the manufacture of soft surface cured cheese, and the first long distance transport of frozen foods.

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Why Food Safety Matters

June 10, 2015 11:40 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

According to the CDC, each year one in six Americans become sick from food they consume. This results in a triple threat to food manufacturers: consumer weariness, reduced profits and tarnished industry reputation. This is why food safety matters.

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Utilizing Lean to Improve Process

June 10, 2015 8:55 am | by Rick Feldt, CPA, RubinBrown

Manufacturers must maximize the utilization of their biggest and best asset – their employees – to drive cost reductions, streamline processes and eliminate waste throughout the entire supply chain. There are several ways food manufactures can optimize production and administrative processes to find new and improved ways of producing and delivering goods at a greater profit.

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Cover Story: Protein Snack Powerhouse

June 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Jack Link's Protein Snacks leads the way in the rapidly growing meat snacks category.

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Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

June 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

Brian Kennell, president and CEO for Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, highlights realistic implementation strategies manufacturers can use to begin reaping the benefits of smart manufacturing incrementally. 

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Using Technology To Boost Supplier Relationships

June 8, 2015 2:07 pm | by Paul Noël

When it comes to the supply chain, technology can make a significant impact. The problem, however, is that technology is often under-utilized both internally and externally.

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