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The Evolution of the Refrigeration Environment

May 12, 2015 8:15 am | by Chuck Taylor, Todd Allsup, Stellar

Ammonia, a natural refrigerant, has long been one of the most highly used refrigerants in large, industrial applications due to its many benefits. However, while ammonia may be gentler on the environment, it has hazards of its own.

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3 Ways to Determine the Fitness of Your Refrigeration Compressor

May 11, 2015 11:45 am | by Mike Horst, Division Manager, Stellar

Because the compressor and its bearings will deteriorate over time, staying on top of its performance is crucial to avoiding a catastrophic failure. Here are three methods that can help gauge your compressor’s fitness.

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Reducing Supply Chain Costs With Better Transporation Logistics

May 11, 2015 8:50 am | by Brad Forester

Establishing an environment of end-to-end supply chain visibility leads to more efficient manufacturing, lower costs and fewer incidents of a mismatch between supply and demand.

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FSMA 101: 'You Are What Your Records Say You Are'

May 6, 2015 11:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Over the past few years, the entire food industry has been invested in understanding the mandates of the FSMA and how it might affect their companies. With the proposed rules in progress and deadlines quickly approaching, there is no better time than right now to start thinking about how your business will work to implement the rules. 

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How to Give Online Customers What They Want

May 6, 2015 9:05 am | by Darrell Sterling, Regional Sales Manager, Johnstone Supply

Customers are spending less time on the phone and road and more time on their computers shopping for the best deal. How can you provide extra value and separate yourselves from your competitors if your customers are shopping strictly online?

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Lean and Green: Not Just For Your Diet Anymore

May 5, 2015 11:15 am | by Travis Mai, eCommerce Sales and Training Manager, CURT Manufacturing

One of the primary objectives of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste. Since reducing waste is also an objective of going green, the two programs reinforce each other. Here are a few ways going lean can help you go green at the same time. 

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5 Surprising Strategies to Increase Business Productivity, Profitability

May 5, 2015 10:30 am | by De'Andre Salter, CEO, Professional Risk Solutions

Maximizing both productivity and profitability in a business often takes out-of-the box thinking. But, don’t stop there! It’s also wise to go a step further and think “against the grain;” to look at issues and approaches through a different “lens” and from a different angle — even one that is counterintuitive or contradictory.

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Q&A: End-of-Line Packaging and Automation Trends

May 5, 2015 8:45 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to correspond via email with Neil Weisensel, Brand & Marketing Director for Muller LCS, about trends and topics regarding end-of-line packaging and automation in the food industry.

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Three Ways Improved Visibility Can Help the Manufacturing Ops Leader

May 5, 2015 8:40 am | by Kelly Cabatuan

Here are three ways that improved visibility helps you deliver accuracy, efficiency and better profits for your manufacturing team.

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Mitigating Recall Risk

May 4, 2015 1:00 pm | by Todd Harris, Vice President, Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS

As the complexity of supply chains continues to increase, the consequences of recalls have become far more substantial and wide reaching than in years past.

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Q&A: How to Properly Address a Food Recall

May 4, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Outbreaks of listeria, a foodborne illness that can be fatal, have been showing up in the news recently. Food Manufacturing had the chance to sit down with Sonal Sinha, the associate vice president at MetricStream, about the impacts of the recent Sabra hummus recall from a supply chain perspective.

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From Farm to Fork and Back Again: Traceability Could Save Your Company

May 1, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

During an educational seminar at the Food Safety Summit, food lawyer Shawn Stevens said although an employee may care about traceability, if the owner, upper management, suppliers and the customers don't care -- it's not going to get you too far.

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The Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Analytics

May 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Sean Riley

Predictive Maintenance Analytics is going to transform the manufacturing industry by optimizing costs, delivering new efficiencies, creating new revenue opportunities, and increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

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5 Labeling Best Practices for Food Companies

May 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Ronald J. Levine, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

In recent years, food labeling has become a target of civil lawsuits, especially class actions, and regulatory action.  Every day we read about a new class action attacking words such as “natural,” or a warning letter or other challenge to food labeling.

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3 Ways to Determine the Fitness of Your Refrigeration Compressor

April 30, 2015 12:05 pm | by Mike Horst, Division Manager, Stellar

At one time or another, all food processors and beverage manufacturers will be in the market for a refrigeration compressor rebuild or replacement. Because the compressor and its bearings will deteriorate over time, staying on top of its performance is crucial to avoiding a catastrophic failure.

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Q&A with Michael Desso, Nestlé USA Director of Safety, Health and Environment

April 30, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Earlier this month, Nestlé USA announced that all 23 of its factories are now landfill-free and contributing zero waste for disposal, reflecting the company's commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices. Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A on the topic with Michael Desso, Director of Safety, Health and Environment at Nestlé USA.

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Calming Your Biggest Fears About Industrial IoT

April 30, 2015 11:45 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

The Industrial Internet of Things is not a simple concept; however, it's also not a topic so complicated that manufacturers should fear or ignore its potential in realizing the greater levels of efficiency, data sharing and global competitiveness it brings.

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Best Practices for Sharing Data across the Enterprise

April 30, 2015 8:00 am | by Khris Kammer, Information Partner and Competency Manager, and Keith McPherson, Director, Market Development, Rockwell Automation

The best way to tap into the valuable data generated in plants is by associating it with other data in order to get a holistic view of plant operations

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5 Tips for Small Manufacturers Looking To Go Lean

April 30, 2015 7:15 am | by Dave Lechleitner

Because we are living in an age where increased efficiency is not only desired, but also required in order to stay competitive, every manufacturing company can benefit from implementing a sustainable lean strategy.

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Departmental Cooperation For Food Safety Success

April 29, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

“As leaders, there is nothing more important in our industry than building relationships,” Donnie Temperley, VP of Operations at Hormel Foods Corporation, said during the 2015 Food Safety Summit keynote address.

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