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Leading Manufacturers Find Energy Savings

March 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner

Executives enjoying the current renaissance of manufacturing in the United States have found a new weapon in their constant battle with production costs: energy savings. Leading manufacturers are using a variety of methods to help determine the energy component of their production costs.

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Where’s the Growth in Frozen Foods?

March 12, 2014 9:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

As March finds much of the country unthawing from a harsh winter, it’s Frozen Foods Month, according to the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association. Food Manufacturing spoke with Laurie Demeritt, CEO of the Hartman Group, about the latest developments in the frozen foods sector.

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Adding Substance to Your Business Philosophy

March 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

Most manufacturers have some kind of marketing function. Sometimes marketing is just a person who does the advertising, promotion, brochures, website, and lead generation — the trappings, not substance, of industrial marketing. The substance is a business philosophy driven by the markets and customers.

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The Importance of a Transfer Pricing Policy to Food Manufacturers

March 11, 2014 9:00 am | by Adam Beckerman, Partner-in-Charge of the Manufacturing & Distribution Group, and Robert Verzi, International Tax Partner at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

A transfer pricing policy is an important tax-saving and profit-allocation vehicle that could save food manufacturers valuable tax dollars every year on profits made overseas, while eliminating the risks of penalties, backed taxes and legal fees associated with a transfer pricing dispute.

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What EPA Overregulation Means for U.S. Manufacturing

March 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid

Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and global competition, continue to struggle against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency has instituted tough regulations on U.S. businesses, worrying many manufacturers that compliance may be a rough road.

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8 Myths About the R&D Tax Credit

March 10, 2014 9:00 am | by Rizwan Virani, Managing Director, alliantgroup

At nearly $10 billion a year, the R&D tax credit is one of the biggest incentives available and can save manufacturing companies hundreds of thousands of dollars — yet only one out of 20 small- and medium-sized companies eligible for this credit takes advantage of it. Why is that?

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Boosting Coding Performance in Meat & Poultry Environments

March 7, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsay Galas, Global Marketing Manager, Meat and Poultry, Videojet

Continuous ink jet printers are commonly used to print codes on meat and poultry products. It is important to choose the right printer and ink to avoid issues, including poor ink adhesion and low print quality, which can lead to costly downtime.

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Harnessing Big Data to Turn Consumer Social Media into Trade Secrets

March 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tom Mahlum, Partner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

When food and beverage companies start thinking about big data, they should be thinking about trade secrets because, done right, big data should lead to proprietary insights. Key data can sometimes be protected under trade secret law, even if some of it comes from outside social media sources.

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Pest Management Plays Key Role in FSMA Compliance

March 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Missy Henriksen and Dr. Jim Fredericks, the National Pest Management Association

Plant shutdowns and fines can cause irreparable damage to a brand’s image. Full compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act, including pest management, is the best way manufacturers can protect food safety and quality, as well as brand reputation.

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ISM: Orders Rise, Production Drops amid Extreme Weather

March 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing economic activity expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month. Extreme weather impacted the sector last month, possibly resulting in plant closings, absent workers and late shipments.

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Could Open Source Help Drive the Internet of Things?

March 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Jeff Evans, Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Alain Louchez, Managing Director of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies at Georgia Tech

Open source has been forcefully debated in many places. However, it seems that the odds are currently in favor of its accelerated adoption. In fact, it has been predicted that 2014 will be a banner year for open source, particularly in the Internet of Things arena.

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Preventing Eye Injuries in the Workplace

March 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology

Each year, 300,000 American workers visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury. March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding employers and workers about the importance of wearing eye protection.

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7 Keys to Success in Manufacturer Rebranding

March 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity

There is simply no rebranding effort where the stakes are not extraordinarily high and the margin for error is slim at best. Steve Blue, CEO of Miller Ingenuity offers these 7 best-practice keys for effectively executing a rebranding initiative.

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Making Room for More Lead Time

March 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

No matter what the end product, there is always pressure to be an industry leader in lead time, and to meet those targets in a safe, reliable and cost-efficient manner. Reducing lead times can provide manufacturers with a multitude of benefits.

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Identifying the Best Manufacturing Operations Management Solutions

March 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Mark Davidson

Navigating the complex landscape of expected process improvements, functional requirements, the realities of software capabilities, integration with your IT landscape and best practices can be quite daunting. What are some of the leading approaches being taken as part of these software selections and solution implementations?

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Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs

February 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

Every so often, the National Motor Freight Classification will make changes to freight classifications. Savvy shippers who are keeping up with all the changes or shippers who outsource to a logistics service provider who stays on top of these changes will have a competitive edge.

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Five Simple Rules to Follow When Automating Your Warehouse

February 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Dan Labell, President, Westfalia Technologies, Inc.

It is no understatement to say that purchasing low-cost, low-quality warehouse automation machinery is often more expensive than staying with a manual system. So commit to the decision to automate and do it properly. It is not the time to skimp on quality.

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The Role of Software in SRM

February 27, 2014 12:00 pm | by Douglas Olander, Managing Director, BBK

Most small to midsize manufacturing companies today use an MRP/ERP system to conduct their business. What separates those manufacturers using data effectively from those not is centered in how data issues are handled. It revolves around management approach, not software sophistication.

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9 Tactics to Build a Best in Class Safety Program to Impact Your Bottom Line

February 26, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc.

Creating a safe work environment with a focus on manufacturing safety is yet another variable in operations that has a major impact on bottom-line, service level, employee motivation, investor’s relations and brand image. So what really is the key to ensure that there is a focus on manufacturing safety? 

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How to Identify the Right Forklift for Your Operation

February 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Tom Reddon

Manufacturing technology and processes have advanced — even for forklifts. Today, there are plenty of lift-truck designs out there for all types of businesses, and with the right knowledge, you’re sure to find the right machine for your needs.

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