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Dairy Energy From Acid Whey

August 4, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lauren Toretta, President, CH4 Biogas

The need for environmentally sound disposal solutions for acid whey has created mutually beneficial opportunities for the dairy industry, yogurt producers and manufacturers of biodigesters. With tax credit from the government, these industries can reap all the benefits.

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Energy Efficiency May be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP

Operational savings are a critical component of the food and beverage industry business model. By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.

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5 Ways to Improve Order Fulfillment

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kardex Remstar, LLC

There’s always room for improvement in a picking operation — whether it’s faster throughput, optimized labor productivity, increased accuracy, improved space utilization or better accommodation of demand spikes. Here are five ways to improve your company's strategies.

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Public Enemy No. 1: Allergens

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Katie Moore, GE Intelligent Platforms

With the increasing diversification of product lines, the risk of recalls due to the cross contamination of allergens has never been more prevalent. Here are three techniques that every food and beverage manufacturer should use in order to ensure product safety.

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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 31, 2014 12:39 pm | by National Safety Council

Recently, the National Safety Council released a guide for employers, The Proactive Role Employers Can Take: Opioids in the Workplace, to help companies understand how employee prescription painkiller use or abuse could directly impact business.

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Packaging for Convenience: On-the-Go's the Way to Go

July 31, 2014 9:06 am | by PMMI

Whether they want portion control, quick-step cooking or easy handling, consumers are increasingly seeking out food and beverages that cater to their on-the-go lifestyles. For brand owners, that means investing in the equipment and materials that enable new package formats. 

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IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support to Manufacturers

July 30, 2014 9:39 am | by Adam Stern

As manufacturers look to secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets, implementing a virtual infrastructure is often a step in the right direction. The major appeal of cloud server hosting is that the software (and with IaaS, the hardware), is virtualized.

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Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 9:53 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Thermal Food Processing Pt. 3

July 25, 2014 8:55 am | by Camilla Howard, European Sales and Marketing Director, Unitherm Food Systems

Camilla Howard, European sales and marketing director for Unitherm Food Systems, talks to Food Manufacturing about what innovations in the thermal food processing world manufacturers should be aware of. This article is the final part of a three-part series.

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Thermal Food Processing Pt. 2

July 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Ramesh Gunawardena, Manager of Technology & Process Development, JBT FoodTech

Ramesh Gunawardena, the manager of Technology & Processing Development at JBT FoodTech, talks to Food Manufacturing about what innovations in the thermal food processing world manufacturers should be aware of. This article is the second part of a three-part series.

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Investing in Energy

July 23, 2014 11:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

It seems every year that budgets get tighter and costs get higher. In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of epic proportions, it’s no wonder management is looking for more efficient ways to put product out the door.

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Brainstorm: Innovations in Thermal Food Processing Pt. 1

July 23, 2014 10:31 am | by Errol Raghubeer, Ph.D., Vice-President, Microbiology & Food Technology, Avure Technologies, Inc.

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 thermal food processing should manufacturers be aware of?

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Better On-the-Job Electrical Safety

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety practices in place. 

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A Global Survey and a Mobile App: What They Tell Us About Mitigating Risks

July 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Laura Dunn Nelson, director-industry relations, Alchemy Systems, LP

According to the 2014 Global Food Safety Training Survey, workforce training tends to come up short due to the unavailability of two necessary resources — time and money. Such limitations increase risk for the company, its workers and, in particular, consumers.

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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence is Easier Than You Think

July 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by Allison Parker

Regardless of the size of the facility, the first hurdle most plant managers and engineers encounter in meeting facility-wide energy management is the absence of detailed data about how energy is being used within their facilities — beyond the metered usage.

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How Can Plastic Pallets Impact Cleanliness and Drive Change?

July 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Bob Klimko, Director of Marketing, Food and Beverage, ORBIS Corp.

Today, as in the past, standard operating procedures decree that anything moved into a food production area is moved on a pallet. This can introduce significant risk if these pallets have not been specifically designed for sanitation and adhere to FSMA.

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Why Failing to Deliver on Time is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

July 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact

Delivery delays can permanently damage relationships with customers, or even worse, drive them toward a competitor. While many small manufacturers would acknowledge the importance of on-time delivery, it happens more often than most would admit.

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Quickbooks in the Cloud: How Mobile Does Your Company Want to be?

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Adam Stern

The demand for employees wanting to check their data anywhere is a growing trend. While enabling a mobile workforce can raise concerns about security, data protection and integrity typically is greater with a hosted solution than with an in-house implementation.

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What ISO 21469 Lubricant Standard Means for Food Safety

July 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P.

Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing. 

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Compliance for Food-Grade Product Manufacturing

July 16, 2014 9:57 am | by Bill Bremer, Principal, Food Safety Compliance, Kestrel Management

Producing safe food demands food safety management and compliance from all who contribute to the final food packaging and contact materials—those supplying materials, making the packaging, manufacturing food contact materials and distributing the final products.

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