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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 10:44 am | by Fred Thomas

Smart devices create smart production lines, enabling a significant level of manufacturing agility that makes it possible to connect customer needs with a company’s ability to deliver a product. Manufacturers must be better able to adapt quickly to consumer preferences.

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How to Keep Rodents From Entering Your Food Facility This Fall

October 6, 2014 10:06 am | by John Kane, B.C.E., Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services

In addition to negatively affecting your audit score — pest control can account for up to 20 percent of your third-party audit — rodents can damage or contaminate inventory and products, resulting in disposal and even rejected shipments.   

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Improve Loading Dock Safety: 6 Key Tips

October 3, 2014 2:52 pm | by Brad Poulter

You do not want to lose production time due to an inefficient loading dock. You also cannot sacrifice safety for speed. Follow these loading dock safety tips to keep your dock safe and your products moving efficiently.        

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5 Things Every Distributor Should Consider by 2015

October 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Brad Poulter

From a changing global economy and a shift away from outsourcing to newer technologies and consumer demands, distributors have their work cut out if they want to keep ahead of trends. Here are five bits of wisdom that can pay off for distributors looking to the future.

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ISM: Manufacturing Set For a Strong Q4

October 3, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 2:26 pm | by Sean Riley

Real-time data is critical, and it positions the IoT as a significant enabler of gleaning vivid insight into real-time production performance and some really interesting new revenue opportunities.                  

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Lean and Food Safety Certification Go Hand in Hand

October 2, 2014 9:34 am | by George Gansner, IFS Management GmbH and Steve Weise, TBM Consulting Group, Inc.

Most food manufacturers and suppliers have two completely separate operational excellence initiatives. By uniting these two efforts, food safety programs can provide customers with certification assurances while building a culture of process discipline, continuous improvement and employee engagement.

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In Defense of Frozen: Natural Sector Continues to Boom

October 1, 2014 10:14 am | by Chris Licata, President, CEO, Blake's All Natural Foods

If a clean ingredient deck is the primary driver of the shift toward Natural and Organic meals in the frozen aisle, another contributing factor in consumers’ decisions to abandon their long-standing relationship with legacy brands is the desire to know more about the company who makes their food.

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Risk, Opportunities With Used Equipment

September 30, 2014 3:00 pm | by David Young and Jim Swope, PMP, SSOE Group

Cutting costs and accommodating production schedules are two of the major factors driving the purchase of used equipment in the food manufacturing marketplace. On average, a manufacturer can save 25 to 50 percent when compared against purchasing new equipment.

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8 Tips for Maintenance Efficiency

September 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by Scott McNeill, Director of Operations, TPC Wire & Cable Corp.

Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.

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Q&A: Distribution Trends in Food Manufacturing

September 30, 2014 11:25 am | by Holly Henschen, Contributor

Food Manufacturing spoke with a pair of experts from Grainger to discuss the latest distribution trends and how they impact food manufacturing. Sean Foran and Elizabeth Bernhardt teamed up to provide the following answers.     

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 4

September 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tony Reed, Business Development Manager for Food Safety, Dow MIcrobial Control

In the last part of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in sanitation should food manufacturers be aware of and how do they aid in regulatory compliance, as well as boosting consumer confidence?           

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10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Distractions in the Warehouse

September 26, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment

When it comes to working in the warehouse, there are countless distractions. While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 3

September 26, 2014 1:00 pm | by Andrew Knowles, Sales Support/Applications Manager, JBT FoodTech

In part three of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in sanitation should food manufacturers be aware of and how do they aid in regulatory compliance, as well as boosting consumer confidence?             

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The History and Future of the Mobile Food Industry

September 26, 2014 8:15 am | by Anthony Fellows, Chief POP Officer, HipPOP's Gelato Bars

The mobile food industry allows aspiring entrepreneurs to conduct sufficient market research before investing in an actual location. With this market research, they often come out with some key tips on staying afloat in this industry.    

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What Food Makers Should Know About Protein Selection

September 25, 2014 2:44 pm | by Megan DeStefano, Global Strategic Marketing, DuPont Nutrition & Health

Seniors believe that they should consume more protein and prefer to get their daily recommended intake from functional foods and beverages instead of supplements. This opens the door for food manufacturers to create tasty protein fortification applications to meet this growing demand and stay relevant.

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Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

September 25, 2014 1:51 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year. Given these numbers, electrical accidents are among the top causes of job-related fatalities in the U.S. workplace.

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Lease or Loan Equipment? What You Need to Know to Decide

September 24, 2014 3:32 pm | by William G. Sutton, President & CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

The improving economy means manufacturers' equipment needs are increasing to meet growing business demands. This article offers 10 guidelines on how to determine which financing option is appropriate when acquiring equipment.     

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Food Companies Beware: Autumn Insects in Peak Migration

September 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Patricia Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services

With Fall comes cooler temperatures. And with cooler temperatures come pests. Food facilities may experience invaders this season when these pests try to migrate toward buildings in search of warm resting spots to spend the cold winter.    

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5 Tips to Increase Productivity

September 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kara Simon, General Manager, 3Cheers Recognition & Rewards

Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for manufacturers to keep equipment in great shape as it is for them to keep people in great shape by showing meaningful appreciation on a day-to-day basis.

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