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Brainstorm: Innovations in Thermal Food Processing Pt. 2

July 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Ramesh Gunawardena, Manager of Technology & Process Development, JBT FoodTech

Ramesh Gunawardena, the manager of Technology & Processing Development at JBT FoodTech, talks to Food Manufacturing about what innovations in the thermal food processing world manufacturers should be aware of. This article is the second part of a three-part series.

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Investing in Energy

July 23, 2014 11:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

It seems every year that budgets get tighter and costs get higher. In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of epic proportions, it’s no wonder management is looking for more efficient ways to put product out the door.

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Thermal Food Processing Pt. 1

July 23, 2014 10:31 am | by Errol Raghubeer, Ph.D., Vice-President, Microbiology & Food Technology, Avure Technologies, Inc.

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations in thermal food processing should manufacturers be aware of?

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Better On-the-Job Electrical Safety

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety practices in place. 

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A Global Survey and a Mobile App: What They Tell Us About Mitigating Risks

July 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Laura Dunn Nelson, director-industry relations, Alchemy Systems, LP

According to the 2014 Global Food Safety Training Survey, workforce training tends to come up short due to the unavailability of two necessary resources — time and money. Such limitations increase risk for the company, its workers and, in particular, consumers.

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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence is Easier Than You Think

July 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by Allison Parker

Regardless of the size of the facility, the first hurdle most plant managers and engineers encounter in meeting facility-wide energy management is the absence of detailed data about how energy is being used within their facilities — beyond the metered usage.

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How Can Plastic Pallets Impact Cleanliness and Drive Change?

July 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Bob Klimko, Director of Marketing, Food and Beverage, ORBIS Corp.

Today, as in the past, standard operating procedures decree that anything moved into a food production area is moved on a pallet. This can introduce significant risk if these pallets have not been specifically designed for sanitation and adhere to FSMA.

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Why Failing to Deliver on Time is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

July 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact

Delivery delays can permanently damage relationships with customers, or even worse, drive them toward a competitor. While many small manufacturers would acknowledge the importance of on-time delivery, it happens more often than most would admit.

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Quickbooks in the Cloud: How Mobile Does Your Company Want to be?

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Adam Stern

The demand for employees wanting to check their data anywhere is a growing trend. While enabling a mobile workforce can raise concerns about security, data protection and integrity typically is greater with a hosted solution than with an in-house implementation.

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What ISO 21469 Lubricant Standard Means for Food Safety

July 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P.

Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing. 

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Compliance for Food-Grade Product Manufacturing

July 16, 2014 9:57 am | by Bill Bremer, Principal, Food Safety Compliance, Kestrel Management

Producing safe food demands food safety management and compliance from all who contribute to the final food packaging and contact materials—those supplying materials, making the packaging, manufacturing food contact materials and distributing the final products.

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Purchase Order Management Must Go Beyond Tracking Orders

July 15, 2014 11:20 am | by Pat Garrehy

Many ERP packages have fallen short, because they are either severely limited in functionality or they are only replications of a predecessor legacy ERP package supporting one business type. They do not acknowledge that manufacturers require a greater variety of methods. 

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When Shopping for an ERP Solution, Beware the Empty Promise

July 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Timothy D. Garcia


Bad software is not the primary reason ERP systems, in general, have earned a bad industry reputation. Rather, trouble usually arises because of the tricks, empty promises and false guarantees made as an ERP vendor’s sales representative works to close a deal.

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5 Places You May Have Hidden Paper on Your Shop Floor

July 11, 2014 7:30 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research

In this post, we’ll look at five areas of your production facility where you may be unaware paper-based systems are holding you back, as well as how today’s next-generation solutions are facilitating the move to a paperless manufacturing environment.

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8 Functions of Compliance: Building a Strong, Reliable Foundation

July 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Kunes, Principal, Client Services, Kestrel Management

Documenting procedures on how to execute these eight functions are what eventually get integrated into an overarching management system. Following these procedures will help improve the company's capability to comply on an ongoing basis.

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Hygienic Twin-Screw Pumps Yield Dramatic Results for Food Industry

July 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Rene Linck, ITT Bornemann Sales and Product Manager, Food and Pharma Division

Hygienic twin screw pumps can handle a variety of high viscous products. Diced tomatoes that need to be delicately handled, meat products like sausage preparation or yogurt processing are all examples that can be adeptly handled by twin screw pumping technology. 

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For Mfgs., No Time Like the Present for Exchange Server Hosting

July 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Adam Stern

Not all manufacturers can afford to set up and maintain their own Exchange Server. That’s why increasing numbers of manufacturing operations are making the switch to Exchange Server hosting. Hosted Exchange services typically include security, antivirus and anti-spam.

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Don't Bring Contaminants Along for the Ride

July 9, 2014 7:45 am | by Keith Schmitz, Writer, Rytec High Performance Doors

Though so much attention is focused on the cleanliness of tools, tables and processing equipment, airborne pathogens can't be ignored. Fortunately, the negative pressures created by large exhaust fans in these areas remove most of the bioaerosols. 

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How 'ERP-Like' Solutions Can Drive Profitability

July 8, 2014 2:26 pm | by Steve Leavitt

Small manufacturers believe they can not afford ERP solutions nor spend the time to iron out the complexities. Forget everything you’ve heard about business software. Today, solutions exist to provide similar functionalities found in ERP, but without the hefty price.

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Moving on: Selling Your Business at a Premium

July 8, 2014 8:27 am | by Peter Arendt, Managing Director, Food and Agribusiness, Huntington Bank

Whether you’re Hormel Foods buying Muscle Milk or simply have made the decision to sell the business you spent a lifetime building, there are plenty of buyers. However, finding the right buyer and structuring the transaction can be daunting. 

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