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How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 30, 2014 9:20 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

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?

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Seven Reasons Stocking and Using OEM Replacement Parts Makes Financial and Operational Sense

December 23, 2014 8:15 am | by Corey Calla, Director, Lifecycle Support Team, Intelligrated

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.    

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Food Processing Plant Site Due Diligence: Soft Costs to Expect

December 22, 2014 10:35 am | by Wyatt Payne, Vice President Distribution, Stellar

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.

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How to Build a Better Capital Budget for Your Food Processing Plant

December 19, 2014 11:00 am | by Scott Mark, Vice President Operations, Stellar

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.

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How Single Point Automatic Lubricators can Increase Productivity, Safety in the Food Industry

December 18, 2014 1:45 pm | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Kluber Lubrication North America

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.

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8 Tips for Managing Moisture for Pest Prevention in Food Facilities

December 18, 2014 11:30 am | by Pat Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services

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.

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OEE Gets a Boost from the Industrial Internet

December 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3

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’.

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking to Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 9:20 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

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7 Tips For Bridging the Digital Gap

December 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Krishnan Ramanujam

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.

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Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency With Color Labeling

December 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America

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.

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Speeding Time to Implement MES With a Configurable Approach

December 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research

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.

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Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is Too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact

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.           

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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing

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.

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5 Tips For Remaining Discreet in the Digital World

December 15, 2014 8:20 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics

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.

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5 Ways to Reduce Preventive Maintenance Costs in Food Processing Plants

December 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by Steve Hawkins, VP, Stellar Refrigeration Services

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.             

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Top Misconceptions About Fall Protection

December 12, 2014 10:20 am | by Mike Cameron, Technical Specialist, 3M

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.         

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Q&A: How Kellogg Company Manages a Distributed Workforce Across 19 US Facilities

December 12, 2014 9:50 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

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.

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Am I Being Poisoned By Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

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.         

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Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 11, 2014 11:30 am | by Ranga Bodla

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.     

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4 Ways to Better Manage Your Food Distribution Warehouse

December 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment

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.  

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