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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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Sick of Food Safety? Never!

May 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor

A hundred food safety experts walked away from the 2014 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore with an unwanted souvenir: a foodborne illness. Food Manufacturing Editor Holly Henschen escaped that fate and says there's actually a positive story within the outbreak.

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Natural Disaster Planning and Training

May 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, Process Safety Management (PSM)

Storm season is upon the United States. Do you have an emergency plan and the trained employees to carry it out? Tim Williams, senior project manager at Process Safety Management (PSM), has a primer to help ensure that yours meets regulated safey needs.

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Business Intelligence and the Future of Manufacturing

May 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Cohen, Director of Partner Business Development, Information Builders

Today’s plant floors generate unimaginable volumes of data that can help a manufacturer increase throughput, understand where it is most exposed to risk and respond to customer demands in near-real time. But many manufacturers struggle to maintain pace with their data.

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Count on Accuracy: Selecting the Right Scale for the Job

May 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Simone Zimmerman, Market Manager, METTLER TOLEDO Industrial

When it comes to counting scales, a common misconception is that high internal resolution directly impacts accuracy. Some manufacturers say their counting scale achieves up to 1 million internal resolutions or more. The fact is that internal resolution is unrelated to achievable counting accuracy.

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Reducing Fruit and Vegetable Waste

April 30, 2014 8:00 am | by SAVE FOOD Initiative

Beside bad weather conditions during growing or delayed harvesting, storage and transport are among the biggest risk factors when it comes to fruit and vegetable losses. On a global scale, the proportion of food becoming unfit for human consumption during transport and distribution is as high as one-fifth.

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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed to the U.S. Next?

April 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans

A recent survey from Entrada Group posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling behind.

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Loading Docks: A Critical Link in America’s Food Supply Chain

April 29, 2014 8:00 am | by John Ritter, Food Industry Specialist, Rite-Hite Company LLC

The loading dock is increasingly being regulated by authorities such as the FDA and new laws like the Food Safety Modernization Act. To stay ahead of regulations, safety-minded businesses are proactively addressing a host of potential threats at the loading dock.

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Changing the Tune on Asset Uptime

April 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation

Not all manufacturers have the budgets to implement a dedicated predictive maintenance system, but they do have smart devices that can be incorporated into daily use, raising the overall effectiveness of even a small maintenance team. 

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How Can Large Food Manufacturers Fuel Clean Energy?

April 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Shlomi Palas, CEO Bluesphere Corporation

When a company produces 150 tons of food waste every day, that is either a huge problem or a great opportunity. New waste-to-energy technologies can transform this food waste into clean, green energy while also reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills.

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