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The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

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Affecting Change to Improve Business Health (Part II)

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

To plan your business change, either slow and steady or drastic and urgent, pretend you are changing your personal health. Make a plan to change your personal health, and then translate it to a business context. It’s one of my favorite planning methods.

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Affecting Change to Improve Business Health (Part I)

April 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

The effort required to improve the health of your business can be compared to the commitment necessary to change your personal health. It is important to understand what drives successful business improvement change instead of failed efforts.

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How to Manage Mobile ‘Big Data’ Legal Risks

April 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Reif

The opportunities accompanying the possibilities of mobile's big data are not limitless. Government policies and privacy laws create very real exposures that food industry members must keep in mind as they seek to leverage mobile big data.

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A Reliable Effort Creates Quick ROI

April 7, 2014 12:58 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna

With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.

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The Nuts & Bolts of MRO: Using Inventory Data to Strengthen Your Supply Chain

April 7, 2014 9:36 am | by Brian Norris, Vice President of Inventory Management, Grainger

Successful inventory management programs start with a thorough understanding of the inventory itself. Identifying who uses the inventory, how they use it, why they use it and where they store it is the first step to determining the type of inventory management solution best for business needs.

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Justification for Migration

April 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Vernak, Marketing Manager, Process Business, Rockwell Automation

Many plants with process applications have an outdated distributed control system. As these systems reach the end of their life, migration to a new automation system is required. But before this can take place, internal plant personnel must provide a financial justification.

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Manufacturing and the Decline of the Middle Class

April 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Mike Collins, Author

It does not appear that the jobs being created in the post industrial economy are going to halt the decline of the middle class or improve living standards in the United States. I believe that to have a chance of reversing this, American manufacturing must rebound.

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Q&A: Prepping for FSMA Whistleblower Provisions

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

OSHA is considering comments on its proposed procedures for handling whistleblower provisions provided by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Attorney Jonathan Secrest spoke to Food Manufacturing about the new procedures and how food companies can prepare for the inevitability of more whistleblower claims.

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Reaping the Gains of Business Process Automation

April 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, once fact is indisputable: business process automation is on the rise.

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7 Lighting Considerations for a Lean Transformation

April 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Drew, Industrial Vertical Sales Manager, and Rick Leeds, Vertical Marketing Manager, OSRAM SYLVANIA

Manufacturers in every industry have a number of lean transformations to consider when it comes to plant efficiency. Reconsidering a facility’s electrical lighting can play a critical role in improving all aspects of day-to-day operations.

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Vertical Expansion: Building Up, Not Out

April 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO, @TalesFromTia

For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Vertical expansion, in the forms of elevated work platforms, multi-level racking systems, and automated storage and picking solutions, is a great solution for many manufacturers.

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Strategic Planning for Food Manufacturers Is More Crucial Than Ever

April 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Joe Bove, Vice President, Design, Stellar

As food manufacturers face stronger regulation and fierce competition, many recognize the need for establishing a strategic plan. This months-long process entails looking at where you are and where you want to go, and creating a roadmap to get you there.

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Fill Level Monitoring: Saving Money and Staying Safe

March 31, 2014 8:00 am | by John Terra

Fill level monitoring, an alternative to checkweighing inspection, is a stage of the manufacturing process in which packages are filled to the correct height, regardless of the type of container or contents, using thermal imaging, sensors  and X-rays to measure the proper level.

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The Benefits and Risks of Mobile Access To Manufacturing Information

March 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director, Product Management, M-Files Corporation

As more employees look to use mobile devices for work activities, manufacturers must evaluate Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies that have the potential to significantly enhance productivity and compliance activities, while ensuring sensitive information is protected.

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Revitalizing Your ERP with Process Automation

March 27, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jeff Rauscher, Director of Solutions Design, Redwood Software, Inc.

With such large sums of money spent just to keep enterprise resource planning systems running, it’s clear that there’s room for improvement. There are three basic options that can be used to energize and revitalize corporate ERP systems.

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Q&A: Addressing BPA and Chemicals of Concern amid Regulatory Pressures

March 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Iuliana Nita of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics discusses the challenges facing food and beverage manufacturers and reflects on the preemptive measures being taken to address the rising safety concerns surrounding chemicals of concern in the midst of increasing global regulatory pressures.

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Choosing the Right Preventive-Control Training in Food Manufacturing

March 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Chuck Zona, Vice President and Dean, Hooke College of Applied Science and Cheryl Murley, Quality Manager, McCrone Associates

To establish correct preventive measures that can withstand regulatory scrutiny, food quality employees need specialized materials analysis training that enables them to characterize and identify raw material and processing contaminants, as well as their sources.

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Ozone for Seafood Plant Sanitation

March 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Dr. James Brandt, Chairman, Ozone International

The growing use of ozone is making our food supply safer while improving processors’ bottom lines. Ozone is very unique due to its effectiveness as an antimicrobial and as a cleaning agent. It leaves no chemical residue, so it can be used continually for a consistent sanitation level throughout production.

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Can the Internet of Things Eliminate Machinery Failure for Food Manufacturers?

March 25, 2014 9:00 am | by Rich Chavie, Chief Solution Officer, hybris

The “Internet of Things” is transforming the processes that enable food manufacturers to bring products to market — and  it has the potential to eliminate costly machinery failures all too common in today’s food manufacturing industry.

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