Every business wants to increase its sales and decrease its costs while improving customer service and retention. But when seeking expenses to cut, manufacturing and distribution companies often overlook the costs of payment transactions.
General Mills’ Cedar Rapids, Iowa plant had successfully used pallet flow and pushback rack systems, but ongoing growth, product changes and long use required a storage system update that would safely add capacity to their existing facility.
I admit to joining the ranks of the many who feel the word “innovation” is overused. Real innovation does not represent adding simple upgrades to existing products, or developing products to compete with others. Real innovation is developing something no one else dreamed of.
U.S. food and drink producers spend billions of dollars each year in downtime, increased energy bills and the early renewal of capital equipment caused by hard water limescale blocking lines and leaving calcium carbonate deposits on water fed equipment.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business.
Consumers should not be misled by intentionally false or misleading labels. But if the ultimate goal of consumer protection statutes and class action litigation is advancement of consumers’ best interests, should we all have to pay higher prices for products because of the way some purchasers allegedly interpret words such as “natural”?
More than two years since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law, the FDA has issued the requisite regulations to implement its proactive mandate. While these regulations are still in the proposed stage, it would be wise for food manufacturers to learn them in advance of their finalization and begin these preventative measures.
Not only are retrofits expensive, but if new equipment is not sized and sequenced effectively, it can significantly affect your energy costs. To avoid these issues, here are four budget considerations to address when designing your plant’s mechanical system.
Having worked in the industrial automation space over the course of my career, I can only imagine the impact that real-time, social intelligence can have on the roles of plant managers, supervisors and operators, if data from their machines and processes is fed to their mobile devices and smartphones.
According to a survey by Monster.com, workers in U.S. manufacturing generally are unhappy with their current positions, for a variety of reasons, and are more likely to be actively searching for different work, be it at another plant, or another industry.
While enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is near-ubiquitous in manufacturing these days, with many companies large and small having invested heavily into solutions years or decades ago, there is always room for change and innovation within the offering.
For the first time ever, many small manufacturers are able to realize productivity gains through cloud-based, mobile-enabled software solutions that large manufacturers for years have used to manage their operations with greater precision.
Virtually all analysts agree that many American manufacturers have been successful in bringing some business back home. But it’s happening at a slower pace than the industry had hoped. According to Henry Moser, founder of the national Reshoring Initiative, the actual rate of reshoring is somewhere between a trickle and a torrent.
Original Juan is a good example of what a small U.S. company — 42 employees at a 60,000 square-foot facility in Kansas City — can achieve with big thinking and no borders in their marketing and sales strategy. Management at the 33-year-old company is always exploring new markets, as recent activity attests.
To really make an impression on current and potential customers, most manufacturers recognize the importance of differentiating themselves from the competition. There are plenty of companies out there who can get the job done, and so quality becomes a question of how: how well, how quickly, how … safely?
Tomato sauce is now poised for a shift — a profound category shakeup called a “Blue Ocean." Blue Oceans happen when a company manages to shift the shopper paradigm, grow a category and capture much of that growth for itself. The counterpoint is a “Red Ocean,” where multiple companies, like sharks, fight a bloody battle in a highly competitive space.
As some products are made to be easier to detect in food- or beverage-processing batches, other products are used to minimize the risk of contamination occurring. There are products that make it easier to handle and install the cable ties, eliminating the likelihood of cable ties being dropped or spare pieces falling into processing batches.
Several factors have led manufacturers and processors to take a more cautious approach to improving their automation systems. But the need to employ more advanced plant floor networking technologies is becoming clear as manufacturers look to increase operational efficiencies and bottom line profits.
Ensuring the safety of food and beverage products during processing involves the selection of supplies that may prevent contamination. A simple item, the cable tie, can be selected and used in a way that significantly minimizes the chance that it will contaminate a food or beverage batch.
Like other innovations spurred by a combination of technology development and government mandates, solid state lighting (SSL) presents a real triple bottom line scenario — it's good for the planet, good for profit and good for end users.