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Brainstorm: Labeling Pt. 3

May 23, 2014 11:59 am | by Ondrej Kruk, Business Unit Manager & Print and Apply Labeling (LPA) expert, Videojet Technologies

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 food labeling should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer and how are they best implemented?

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The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

In such a fast-paced industry, it can be difficult to maintain accuracy. Automation can be very helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also be helpful in preventing costly mistakes, which can lead to product waste and recalls. 

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Brainstorm: Labeling Pt. 2

May 22, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jack Rubinger, Public Relations Specialist, Graphic Products

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations in food labeling should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer and how are they best implemented?

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Why the Cloud?

May 22, 2014 8:30 am | by John Papageorge

Manufacturers recognize that better data management can make them more competitive. The next wave in manufacturing does not change the fact that making a quality product at a low cost is the key to manufacturing success.    

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New Models and Concepts Needed for Asia-Pacific Supply Chains

May 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Jonathan Wright

The very term "supply chain" implies a straight line and a singular operating mode, with tight linkages moving goods smoothly from mode to mode and location to location. In Asia-Pacific, however, this concept is unrealistic.        

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Food Packaging is Your Responsibility Too

May 20, 2014 9:00 am | by Chris Cornyn, President, DINE Marketing

Congratulations on your new job: catering to consumers' food packaging preferences. This article provides five components of the new food packaging landscape that manufacturers can use to make their products more attractive to purchasers.

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Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 12:01 pm | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions

Social researchers say we can suffer from “decision fatigue,” where repeated judgments deplete our mental resources to the point that it influences our next decisions. One result is our tendency to simplify decisions by accepting status quo or whatever is easy.

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Brainstorm: Labeling Pt. 1

May 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Bob Adamson, Vice President of Sales, B & H Labeling Systems

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations in food labeling should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer and how are they best implemented?

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Getting Smart with Energy Intelligence

May 15, 2014 11:44 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can't drive profitability. They're finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.      

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How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit from these latest technologies.

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Winter Wheat Crop Could Be Smallest Since 1996

May 12, 2014 2:59 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, AP

Nationwide, total wheat production is forecast at 1.4 billion bushels, down nine percent from a year ago. The agricultural service's average projected wheat yield for the nation is 43.1 bushels per acre, down slightly more than four bushels from a year ago.

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Why The Can Could Be The Right Choice For Your Products

May 12, 2014 11:55 am | by Hella Gourven, CROWN Food Packaging North America

Like many inventions, the can was created to solve a specific problem: feeding European armies in the early 19th century who needed to carry their own food supplies for long distances in harsh conditions without opportunities for re-supply. Now, the use of cans is having a significant impact on food safety, supply chain security, sustainability and shelf life.

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America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange

Patriotism aside, there are plenty of reasons to buy an American-made forklift, foremost of which is the high standards American forklift manufacturers are held to.               

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Big Data, Price Intelligence and Antitrust

May 9, 2014 9:00 am | by Stephen Safranski and Elizabeth Friedman, Trial Attorneys, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

Food and beverage industry members can utilize price intelligence to compete effectively in the market. But when price intelligence relies on data provided by competitors, businesses must be careful not to raise antitrust concerns with how data is obtained.

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Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

May 8, 2014 3:04 pm | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon

With a variety of automated systems to help track and report environmental, health and safety requirements, it’s surprising that a majority of companies are still maintaining paper and spreadsheet-based compliance programs.    

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Building The Industrial Cloud

May 7, 2014 3:02 pm | by Moxa America

Until the lack of specialized platforms is overcome, the building of IoT clouds for industries like traffic management or the smart grid will continue to be delayed.               

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The Future of Human Civilization Depends on Cutting Food Waste

May 7, 2014 9:26 am | by by Selina Juul, Founder of Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark and Winner of Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize

Food industry efforts to reduce food waste and loss grow more fervent as data exposes the shockingly large amount of food that is wasted worldwide on a daily basis. Developed and developing nations show varying points where waste occurs, but the loss is real.

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How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 6, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                 

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Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

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The Three Key Catalysts for More Precise Recalls

May 5, 2014 2:26 pm | by Thomas Marchisello, Senior Director of Industry Development, GS1 US

Perhaps at no point in history has the consumer been more informed and attentive to what they buy and eat. As a result, food manufacturers are more and more sensitive to consumers’ higher expectations and are working to implement standards-based traceability processes.

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