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The Cost Of Incorrectly Labeled Goods

April 11, 2011 4:17 am

Cases of Return to Manufacturer (RTM) and Emergency Product Withdrawals (EPWs) within the food retailing sectors have increased significantly in the UK over the past five years and it is estimated that 12 percent of these are due to incorrectly labeled goods. The overall cost of such incidents runs into 100s of millions of pounds, with repercussions for suppliers and retailers in areas such as customer confidence and brand damage.

Virtual Assurance

April 8, 2011 4:32 am | by Joe Badalamenti, PE, PMP, SSOE Group

Kellogg Company uses 3D modeling to help guide the construction of facilities that must integrate various pieces of equipment from a variety of vendors. The following illustrations are only pretending to be photographs in a magazine. In fact, they are three-dimensional (3D) designs or models of production lines in a food processing plant.

Pet Foods Company Improves Quality With Loss-In-Weight System

April 8, 2011 4:31 am

The original system at Chenango Valley Pet Foods (CVPF) consisted of a stainless steel tank on legs with a dual hose peristaltic pump with an inverter drive. The pump discharged through a 2-inch sanitary tube line and passed through a 1-inch coriolis style flow meter on its way to the mill/extruder.


Perception is a Funny Thing

April 6, 2011 4:43 am | by Karin Lindner, Founder, Karico Performance Solutions

Karin Lindner, Founder, Karico Performance Solutions I recently spoke with a young VP (son of the owner) of a manufacturing facility in Mississauga (Ontario). At one point during our conversation he said, "Karin, I honestly think that most of my workers are stupid. Some people have "it" and some people don't.

Continuous Flow System Improves In-Flight Pasta Production

April 6, 2011 4:43 am | by Jim McMahon, Senior Writer, Zebra Communications

Although the availability of meals on U.S. airlines has changed considerably over the past few years, business and first-class flyers and those on international flights still receive in-flight meals as part of their ticket price, and a variety of dining options are usually provided.

The Continued Evolution Of SaaS ERP

April 5, 2011 4:49 am

MBT:  Can you give me a little of background on Software-as-a-Service ERP and some of the recent trends out there regarding this technology? Symonds:  Let’s look at it from the customer’s point of view. Software-as-a-service is a broad term. There are a lot of people claiming to be software-as-a-service because it’s hot right now.

Q&A: Achieving Food Safety Through Technology And Traceability

April 4, 2011 4:37 am | by Jonathan Cowan, Senior Account Executive, Plex Systems, Inc. Tom Nessen, Senior Solution Engineer, Plex Systems, Inc.

The food industry is constantly evolving, and increasing food safety regulations and new technologies seem to be generating change at a faster pace than ever before. Food Manufacturing spoke with Jonathan Cowan and Tom Nessen of Plex Systems to discuss the newest safety legislation, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and how food manufacturers can take advantage of new technologies to increase food safety and comply with the new regulations.

Tyson Foods Cuts Maintenance Costs With Image Management Solution

April 4, 2011 4:36 am

With more than 75 years in business and 115,000 employees, Tyson Foods is among the world’s largest producers of chicken, beef and pork, and the second-largest food-production company in the Fortune 500. From its headquarters in Springdale, Ark., and more than 300 facilities worldwide, Tyson Foods serves customers throughout the United States and in 100-plus other countries.


Freaky Friday: March's Weirdest Food News

April 1, 2011 4:50 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

On the last Friday of each month (or, in this case, a week late), Food Manufacturing looks back at the most surprising or unusual food-related stories of the month. Here are our top picks for March: A pizzeria owner employs rodent warfare to gain the competitive edge. The man faces disorderly conduct, harassment and animal cruelty charges after unleashing bags of mice at competitors' pizza establishments.

Food Fight: BPA — Use It Or Lose It?

April 1, 2011 4:49 am

Controversy has heated up in recent years over the safety of Bisphenol A (BPA), a common additive used in the plastic lining found inside most food cans and other consumer food packaging. As those who watch the industry continue to debate whether the chemical should continue to be used, Food Manufacturing asks two experts to sound off: Is BPA safe to use in food packaging? Dr.

Pathogenic Bacteria Testing Using Enzyme Detection Technology

March 30, 2011 4:49 am

ATP assays require  there be 10,000 to 100,000 bacteria present to produce enough ATP to result in a positive detection of bacteria which means it may miss the presence of bacteria in smaller quantities.A positive ATP test only confirms that organic matter is present and does not necessarily indicate the presence of bacteria.

Lean Manufacturing Demands Intelligent AP Automation

March 30, 2011 4:48 am | by Dan Hunstad, Senior Systems Analyst, Metafile Information Systems

The accounting process is the lifeblood of every manufacturing organization, and therefore deserves to be treated with the same priority placed on contributors to the production line. By definition, Lean manufacturing is intended to reduce the waste of time and resources that do not directly add value to the business.

Food Company Uses Mobile Computing To Streamline Service

March 29, 2011 4:19 am

Labatt Food Service can trace its roots to the early 20th century. The company is widely recognized in the food service distribution industry as an innovative, customer-focused leader. With approximately 1,500 employees, Labatt operates from distribution centers in San Antonio, Dallas, Lubbock and Houston and serves customers in Texas as well as parts of Oklahoma, Louisiana and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Overtime Lie: How Corporate Strategy Is Holding Hostage Millions In Profit

March 28, 2011 4:26 am | by John Frehse, Chief Strategic Officer, Core Practice

Recently, I stood before a plant management team sharing labor strategies that could help resolve some serious cost problems associated with inefficient shift schedules. The plant manager talked about some of their greatest achievements. Number one was keeping their overtime below 5 percent. Corporate listed low overtime as a key performance indicator, and minimizing it was critical to plant bonuses.

Drive Technology For A Bottling Plant

March 28, 2011 4:25 am | by NORD Drive Systems

The Hacklberger Getränke- und Logistikcenter (Hacklberger Beverages and Logistics Center), founded in 1998, is a spin-off of the Hacklberger brewery, where according to historical documents, beer has been brewed since 1618. The company supplies about 1,200 beverage dealers and is one of the largest breweries in the German area of Bavaria.

Going Visual

March 25, 2011 4:33 am | by Chris Ortiz, President and Founder, Kaizen Assembly and the LEAN Marketplace

Chris Ortiz, President and Founder, Kaizen Assembly and the LEAN Marketplace As companies decide on which path to take with their lean journeys, they often get stuck when just getting started. There are numerous opinions out there coming from lean practitioners like myself, trainers, educators, and lean organizations.

The War On Soda

March 25, 2011 4:31 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Over the last couple months, a flood of beverage studies have been released, none of which have cast the soda industry in a very favorable light. It’s not news that constantly downing carbonated, sugary and caffeinated drinks is not conducive to a healthy diet, but lately research seems to be taking aim at soda from all sides, from diet drinks to the caramel coloring that gives cola its signature hue.

The Electrical Revolution

March 23, 2011 4:50 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

If you're mourning over your plant's electric bill, it's time to take an honest look at your electrically-driven systems — they're probably not nearly as efficient as you might think, or hope. Those familiar to the world of electrically-driven systems in manufacturing facilities are likely aware of the reigning sentiment that the systems are the cause of an undue amount of global energy usage.

How Long Is Too Long?

March 23, 2011 4:49 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

One of the first columns I ever wrote for IMPO magazine — three long years ago when I took over as editor — was about my car. At the time, I was dealing with a maintenance issue, struggling over the decision of whether to investigate the dashboard light that seemed to indiscriminately flash on and off, or to save the cash since nothing appeared to be wrong.

The Case For Thermal Imaging

March 22, 2011 4:40 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO Photo by Morgan Solar In many ways, thermal imaging represents an opportunity to see your plant in a whole new light. It’s a revolutionary technology, one that allows manufacturing processionals to conduct a range of tasks, such as increasing efficiency in automated environments, detecting leaks in malfunctioning equipment, and conducting predictive maintenance.


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