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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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ISM: Manufacturing on Solid Ground for the Remainder of 2014

July 7, 2014 10:17 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The manufacturing sector's economic activity has expanded for the 13th consecutive month in June. According to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business, the PMI registered 55.3 percent, a small decrease compared to May's reading of 55.4 percent. 

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5 Manufacturing Business Benefits of Shifting Paper Forms to Mobile Apps

July 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Jason Peck

The costs and inefficiencies of paper forms are no longer lost on manufacturing businesses that are ramping up efforts to shift paper forms and manual processes to mobile apps — and to integrate mobility with key business processes.    

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Using Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners in Your Facility

July 2, 2014 8:30 am | by Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics

Manufacturers from the food, drug and automotive industries have discovered that industrial ultrasonic cleaning systems provide them with premium results over traditional cleaning methods. Here are five benefits industrial ultrasonic cleaners provide manufacturers.

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Snack Foods Raise the Bar with Nutritional Ingredients

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Marilyn Stieve, Business Development Manager - flax, Glanbia Nutritionals

In line with consumers’ pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, protein bars have exploded onto the mainstream nutrition scene. Manufacturers are now honing in on the potential that this offers, looking closely at the requirements of the mass market. 

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5 Manufacturing-Supporting Bills Approved By Senate

June 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eliminates 15 unnecessary programs and includes five skills-training provisions from Coons’ Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign to help prepare the workforce for the high-technology manufacturing jobs of today.

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The FDA, ConAgra, Coca-Cola Share Food Allergen Control Strategies

June 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

To clarify allergen-related policy and practices, industry experts from the FDA, Johns Hopkins University, ConAgra and the Coca-Cola Co. presented in a Food Safety Summit workshop, “Food Allergen Control Update,” at the Baltimore Convention Center. 

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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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