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Interested in Decreasing Workers' Compensation Costs and Increasing Safety? Think Worksite Health

July 15, 2015 11:15 am | by Curtis Smith

In manufacturing and distribution, employee safety is paramount. Employees in factories and warehouses often work in a fast-paced, multi-shift environment filled with heavy machinery, product, people, noise and other hazards.


Beyond the Hype: Making Hay in the Internet of Things World

July 15, 2015 9:00 am | by Alex Blanter, A.T. Kearney

We are entering a new era where digital smarts will be embedded in everyday devices from the clothes we wear to our cars to the lights in our homes, all interconnected by the Internet. What should your company do to prepare for these changes? What should you do individually to help your company succeed? And what are companies doing now that might need to change, if their IoT initiatives are to be successful?


A Rising Imperative for Social in the Beverage Industry

July 15, 2015 8:45 am | by Will McInnes, CMO, Brandwatch

Beverage businesses, traditionally operating solely on consumers’ shifting tastes and preferences, now face a rising need to proactively listen, understand, and cater to opinions and interests on social media. There’s an entire internet out there of unsolicited, incredibly insightful, raw opinions and commentary.


Part Two: Logistics and a Tight Supply Chain: The Secret to a Smooth-Running Manufacturing Line

July 14, 2015 12:45 pm | by Chris Swearingen

Most people associate the manufacturing supply chain with the basic principles of moving goods from seller to buyer, Point A to Point B. But smart logistics technology and strategies can help any manufacturer keep their production line moving or dramatically limit interruptions should they occur.


Changing Your ERP? Change Up Your Business Processes, Too

July 14, 2015 12:25 pm | by Rohan Patel, Manager for Business Consulting, Kenandy

For your organization, the greatest advantages of implementing a new system might have less to do with the software, and more to do with increasing your awareness of business processes, unleashing creativity, and optimizing workflows.


The Advancement of 3D Printing and its Impact on the Manufacturing Industry

July 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Aaron Bresinger & Yves Leclerc

Despite all the hype, 3D Printing technologies currently remain in the R&D phase for many organizations. For those enterprises that do not want to wait on the sidelines, a good manufacturing strategy is to embrace it as an R&D effort.


Challenges in Presenting a Brand and its Contractor Base as One

July 14, 2015 8:45 am | by Stephen Timms, President of Americas, ClickSoftware

With distributors and manufacturers putting an ever-growing emphasis on value-added services, and the use of third parties to provide those services, how do companies keep them and end users on the same page?


Part One: The 'Must-Dos' For Start-to-Finish Supply Chain Security

July 13, 2015 1:10 pm | by Chris Swearingen

A smartly designed and strategic supply chain approach is one of the most important yet underappreciated sources of competitive advantage that companies can capitalize on.


Automating Workflow in Manufacturing

July 13, 2015 10:00 am | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever

An automated workflow management solution can add great value to an organization and ease many of the problems they are facing with a manual process.


World Population Day: Addressing Food Deserts in the Land of Plenty

July 13, 2015 9:05 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

From just-squeezed juices to artisan sandwiches, nutritious dietary offerings have never been so bountiful or convenient for affluent Americans. Unfortunately, that is not the case for some 23.5 million largely underserved U.S. residents who live in “food deserts."


Exploring MDMs: What The Manufacturing Industry Truly Needs

July 10, 2015 2:17 pm | by Pankaj Thapa

A look at five things that an IT leader must think of while making their decisions on adopting an MDM.


The Magic 8 WMS Questions You Need to Ask

July 10, 2015 1:00 pm | by Eric Allais, president and CEO, PathGuide Technologies

Choosing the right WMS can not only make processes more efficient and help manage a workforce, it can also position an organization for growth and greatly improve customer service.


How to Choose the Best Lighting for Your Food Facility

July 10, 2015 10:45 am | by Jud Walker, Senior Electrical Engineer, Stellar

All lighting is not created equal. When selecting LED or fluorescent lighting for your food facility or warehouse, understand that each type is better suited for some areas rather than others. How can you know which is the right fit for your plant?


Friday Food Funnies: A Little Lame, a Lot of Laughs

July 10, 2015 9:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Why does the first week back after a holiday weekend always seem to drag? Whatever the case, I am happy to announce to you (as if you didn’t already know) that it’s finally Friday! For those of you who are regular readers, you should know what that means: the Friday Food Funnies!


This Week in Food History: Sliced Bread is Born!

July 9, 2015 1:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

This week in food manufacturing history, we’ll travel back to the first International House of Pancakes, the Coca-Cola trade secret scheme and the invention of sliced bread.


Keeping Cool: What Distributors Should Know About Industrial Fans

July 9, 2015 9:30 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

A trend that industrial fans manufacturers and suppliers hope continues to grow is one where customers are choosing a fans solution over air conditioning.


The Plant of the Future: Seven Key Elements

July 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Todd Edmunds, Sr. Solution Architect for Manufacturing, Cisco, Bob Voss, Senior Principal Research Engineer, Panduit Laboratories; and Cliff Whitehead, Manager, Technology Business Development, Rockwell Automation

For decades, manufacturing operations technology and enterprise information technology systems developed and evolved into separate physical architectures – remaining largely walled off from each other in the industrial and business spaces. But in the Internet of Things era, in which an endless number of connected “things” communicate on the same network, the segregation of IT and OT networks can be a handicap.   


Expecting The Unexpected With The Industrial Internet

July 8, 2015 12:25 pm | by Mark Bernardo

Integrated asset performance management solutions powered by the Industrial Internet enable manufacturers to maintain optimal functionality in all conditions and environments.


Orkin Seasonal Pest Control Series: Two Pests with the Same Goal — To Make a Home in Your Facility this Summer

July 8, 2015 9:00 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC

On the surface, ants and cockroaches may not seem similar at all. But these pests have more in common than you think — they share a common goal of getting inside and making your facility their home. This ambition and objective pose a threat to food facilities.


Why the Time is Right For Distributors to Move to the Cloud

July 8, 2015 8:15 am | by Ranga Bodla, Industry lead for Wholesale Distribution, NetSuite

Cloud-based ERP has been around for more than a decade. Yet, many distributors are still relying on aged, on-premise systems



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