As someone who’s personally involved in manufacturing, I see firsthand what the biggest challenges are and how they are affecting our industry. With that in mind, here are some of the biggest challenges in American manufacturing right now.
Each year, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration releases its list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards violations. The list for 2013 is nearly identical to the previous year, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor.
Food porn — the practice of posting delectable dishes on the Internet — tends to lean toward the fat-laden and sugary sweet treats that we find most irresistible. But Bolthouse Farms is looking to swing the balance toward healthy food art on its new Food Porn Index site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.