By all indicators, manufacturing in the U.S. has been on the upswing and is expected to keep building momentum into the next year. In the world of food packaging manufacturing, how do you make sure you’re not just riding that wave of growth but also capitalizing on emerging trends?
Distribution center and warehouse operators invest heavily in capital projects to satisfy growing customer demand, but often neglect to adopt a lifecycle strategy to realize the true value of that asset over its useful life.
Before selecting a site for your food processing plant, are you sure you’re accounting for all of the costs involved? These include pre-construction permits, impact fees and utility connection fees. To help you with your site due diligence, be sure to account for these soft costs commonly associated with new facility sites.
When estimating your numbers for food processing projects on the horizon, don’t just base your predictions on what you did the last time around. You shouldn’t be estimating costs based solely on square footage, either. However, there are ways to build a higher confidence level behind your budget and ensure its accuracy — it all lies within the data.
When it comes to enhancements in food safety from a lubricant perspective, previously unknown terms such as NSF H1 and CFIA have become commonplace. Now, food industry professionals have myriad options when choosing products that help achieve targeted levels of food safety for their facility.
Buildup of water and organic debris can contribute to pest problems in food facilities. Here are some essential tips for ensuring facilities and restaurants are cleaned properly.
If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: a facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered ‘World Class’.
By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.
For manufacturers, digital technologies are creating new opportunities, but also new challenges. Social, mobile, analytics, and Cloud solutions can streamline production and speed time to market, enabling manufacturers to better customize and connect products to consumers.
Retailers continue to put pressure on manufacturers to escalate production efficiency in order to enhance customer service though faster shipping to stores or home deliveries and personalized products. Warehouses have expanded well beyond the traditional product fulfillment function.
As the software landscape has advanced, new technologies like Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and IoT are facilitating easier open integration and increased digitization of information. In addition, solution providers have also begun to tailor applications to better fit the needs of today’s manufacturers.
If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs, and long-term efficiency gains.
The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.
Privacy breaches are very real and can result in physical or intellectual theft, compromising both livelihoods and reputations. One such breach occurred in 2010 in Connecticut, when thieves cut through the roof of a warehouse and made off with millions of dollars in medications.
While equipment upkeep and parts replacements are necessary, there are ways you can reduce your preventive maintenance costs without decreasing your food processing facility’s operational efficiencies.
When it comes to preventing falls, breaking bad habits and dispelling misconceptions can help reduce accidents and save lives. A good starting place is the five most common misconceptions about fall protection.
Food Manufacturing spoke with John Whitaker, the senior business analyst of the Kellogg Company, to find out how Kellogg manages a distributed workforce across 19 U.S. facilities. This article originally appeared in our November/December 2014 print edition.
Food traceability is an important factor in determining where I source my food from. And although I already know the Earth’s waters are littered with various garbage, I will admit I was surprised to learn just how much.
Food manufacturers and distributors require lot tracking capabilities to provide detailed information on inventory, shipments, and expiration dates to help ensure FDA compliance and efficiently run operations in case of a recall.
Warehousing can be a rather complex business and one area in which this is especially true is in the food distribution business. Read on to discover four essential ways you can better manage your food distribution warehouse.