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Choosing the Right Fan For Your Food Processing Application

January 21, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Prom, Regional Sales Manager, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment

Industrial fans need to be constructed of quality materials for long life and durability. Nowhere is this more important than in meat processing facilities where fans are washed down on a daily basis. This is why it is important to choose the right fan for your food processing application.

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Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

Many Europeans have voiced concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU's standards for environmental and food safety. A new report takes aim at just that — saying that proposals for TTIP could translate into more pesticides making their way into EU food markets.

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Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery

The material handling industry has embraced the concept of sustainability with an increasing number of warehouses and distribution centers implementing sustainable practices. The concept is a win-win proposition that, among other things, helps to lower operating costs as companies learn to be more eco-efficient.

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3 Ways to Make Your Business Agile

January 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Stewart Florsheim

In every product company, bottlenecks occur that can delay the processing of an order, the production of goods, or perhaps delivery to a customer site. To understand where your organization could increase efficiency, first look to the areas where the entire process slows or even grinds to a halt.

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"Greening" the Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 12:45 pm | by Monica Gomez

Going “green” is not only good for the environment — it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company. According to environmental news website Clean Technica, there are two primary ways to be considered “green” in the manufacturing industry. 

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The 3 Topics Food and Beverage Executives Are Thinking About

January 16, 2015 9:45 am | by Chris Nay, Senior Managing Director, Food and Beverage, GE Capital

GE Capital recently surveyed c-suite executives at middle market food and beverage companies. The survey found that in addition to maximizing financial performance, food and beverage leaders are looking to maximize their engagement with consumers by responding to their evolving tastes. 

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Why Stainless Refrigerant Piping is a Better Investment than Carbon Steel

January 16, 2015 9:36 am | by Luke Facemyer, Director of Design, Stellar

When deciding on refrigerant piping for your food processing facility, you’re faced with two major options: carbon steel or stainless. While carbon steel, or black pipe, is the industry standard, stainless is a far better investment for your food manufacturing plant due to lifetime costs, maintenance and durability.

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Microsoft's Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

January 15, 2015 2:10 pm | by Sanjay Ravi

By now, most everyone is aware of the impact the Internet of Things (IoT) is having on the manufacturing industry. The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data — the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things. 

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What's Ahead in 2015? Five Mom Bloggers Share Advice For Food Makers

January 15, 2015 10:50 am | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers

You don’t’ need a crystal ball to predict that food manufacturers and Mom Bloggers will continue to forge great partnerships throughout the year. So I asked the Mom Bloggers in my network what trends food manufacturers should be aware of in the new year.

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Safe, Compliant Ammonia Management Reduces Risk

January 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Michael J. Curato, P.E., Senior Vice President, Woodard & Curran

Most manufacturers of food and beverages have a common concern: the need to keep ingredients, processes and the final product cold. In most applications, the refrigerant of choice is anhydrous ammonia, but recent changes to OSHA’s enforcement approach have created new risks.

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Research Looks to Crustaceans For Bio-Food Packaging

January 15, 2015 8:00 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

Petroleum-based plastic bottles and films is an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways. Thankfully, there has been a push towards more eco-friendly alternatives. New research shows that chitosan-based coatings can preserve food just as well as petroleum coatings can.

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7 Key Questions to Ask Before the 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 2:00 pm | by Deborah Grant

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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5 Ways Loyalty Marketing Can Transform CPG Brands

January 14, 2015 1:35 pm | by Greg Engen, Vice President, consumer packaged goods, Aimia

CPG marketers are naturally inclined to focus their efforts on the tried and true. But the days of standing pat with the same old marketing tactics are over. Those marketers who embrace this transformation, rather than shy away from it, will be the brand leaders of tomorrow.

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Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 9:55 am | by GE Reports

Manufacturing robots aren’t typically the friendliest of fellows. That’s why Rethink Robotics introduced Baxter in 2012. Baxter is leading a new category of smart, collaborative robots designed to safely and intelligently work right next to people. 

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Keys to Building a Culture of Food Safety

January 14, 2015 9:00 am | by Jan Lillemo, Principal Consultant at Lillemo and Associates and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President of Industry Solutions at MetricStream

Traditionally, food safety programs have focused on more tactical activities such as auditing and product testing. Today, though significant strides have been made to ensure food safety, organizations are still looking for more comprehensive programs that can integrate food safety activities into core business functions and processes.

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How to Protect Your Facility Floor During Winter

January 13, 2015 1:10 pm | by Robert Kravitz

Rain, snow, ice, and ice melt can play havoc on a floor’s finish, and when this happens, they can also damage the floor itself. But there are ways to keep hard-surface floors clean, safe, and healthy during the winter.       

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Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 9:54 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity. To make the most of the program and the equipment, be sure to include a few maintenance components to ensure the long-term health of any lift truck fleet.

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How Restaurants Can Cope With Higher Food Prices in 2015

January 13, 2015 9:10 am | by Andrew Kanzer, Head of Sales, Swift Capital

Regardless of the industry’s increases, food prices are expected to reach their highest annual increases in three years, which could hinder many businesses. In July, average food prices were up 7.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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Q&A: Communications on the Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings.       

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Tea is Becoming a Booming Business For Kids

January 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Christine Wheeler, Drazil Foods maker of Drazil Kids Tea

What has no sugar, no calories, but is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals?  Tea! And herbal teas (otherwise known as tisanes) are naturally caffeine-free, thus making them a perfect beverage choice for kids.      

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