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Shock, Awe & Nausea in the Gulf

July 14, 2010 5:09 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks

When a catastrophe occurs, it’s because we have compromised; and when big profit is involved, the willingness to compromise becomes dangerously easier. I am going to come clean with you, my readers, and make an admission that you probably have already figured out. I have been and remain a supporter of this president.

Mustard Maker Improves Quality Assurance

July 14, 2010 5:07 am

At the G.S. Dunn quality control and inspection facility in Hamilton, Ontario, light quality and accuracy is a primary concern to ensure the company’s dry mustard products meet its stringent standards. As part of a strategic plan to optimize visibility and reduce energy consumption, the company looked to its current high-wattage metal halide lighting system as a potential area for improvement.

Old School Vs New School

July 13, 2010 5:36 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Recently, the United Auto Workers union approved veteran union negotiator and current Vice President Bob King as their new President. With over 30 years in the UAW, some critics consider King to represent the old school way of thinking — especially as he pushes for fewer worker concessions in a highly competitive, struggling and changing auto industry.

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Get Ready To Get Training

July 12, 2010 6:36 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

It’s true — some U.S. manufacturers are having trouble finding highly-skilled workers to fill available positions, according to a recent article from the New York Times . It sounds unbelievable. According to the most recent statistics , there are 14.6 million Americans looking for work.

'C' Is For Cookie... And Conveyor

July 12, 2010 6:35 am

To compensate for the capacity/weight of the bag, innovative bag tensioning supports stretch it to ensure total discharge.  Each discharger has a dust tight material collection hopper with an integral locking access door and viewing port.  The door is amply sized to enable the operator to untie/re-tie the bag spout and liner.

The Tax Downfall

July 8, 2010 10:23 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net

The economic recovery may be in full swing, but many manufacturers are still struggling and some federal tax policies have the potential to send these manufacturers to the soup line. Of the manufacturers in the U.S., approximately 70 percent are mid-size to small manufacturers. Many of these small companies are structured as pass-through entities, which include almost four million S corporations and more than three million partnerships, and together account for 80 percent of U.

Long-Term Integrity Of Piping Systems For Safety Performance

July 8, 2010 10:20 am | by Donald Townley, PE, Business Manager for Corzan™ Industrial Systems, part of The Lubrizol Corporation

A plant’s overall safety record is determined by many things. Most manufacturers invest heavily in education and crisis-response programs designed to minimize worker injuries. As safety personnel look to identify those areas of the plant most likely to represent a safety hazard, it’s important not to overlook some of the basics.

Spuds With All The Right Moves

July 7, 2010 4:49 am

Known as the pioneer that perfected potato dehydration, Basic American Foods is the foodservice source for unique, convenient potato and bean products. From the restaurant operator to the household consumer, Basic American Foods provides a variety of innovative products. In the mid-fifties, Basic American Foods established a potato processing plant in Blackfoot, Idaho, where the first instant potato product that could be rehydrated with boiling water was developed.

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Lessons From Ohio

July 7, 2010 4:48 am | by Sarah Hubbart, Animal Agriculture Alliance

Ohio has represented an important and symbolic battleground for agriculture. Last fall , Ohioans overwhelmingly supported the creation of the Livestock Care Standards Board, a proactive effort meant to ensure the proper care of animals on the state's many farms. Unfortunately, Ohio's agricultural leadership has succumbed to pressures from the Humane Society of the United States , a national animal rights group that has effectively undermined the authority of the newly-established board by imposing restrictions that mandate the way that producers can care for their animals.

What Does EISA Mean For Your Facility?

July 6, 2010 5:39 am | by Chris H. Medinger, Stock Products Manager, LEESON Electric

Food manufacturers will not be forced to change out their existing motors, but if their existing motor fails and the motor is covered under the EISA Legislation rules, their replacement motor will need to be of a higher efficiency. For the most part, these manufacturers use general purpose or washdown duty, 140 frame and larger three-phase motors.

Produce Packer On A Mission

July 6, 2010 5:38 am

Mission Produce is a global packer, importer, processor, and distributor of avocados and asparagus. The company has operations in Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand and the United States. Mission revolutionized the avocado industry by being the first company to supply ripe fruit to retail, wholesale, and foodservice customers nationwide.

Demand Signals At The Speed Of Light

July 1, 2010 10:37 am | by Glenn Steinberg, Managing Partner, Global & Americas Distribution Sector, IBM Global Business Services  

When it comes to getting the right amount of the right products to market, we need to get the right demand signals to make our critical manufacturing and inventory management decisions. For better or worse, we depend on many aspects of these demands signals: where they come from (our transactional systems, marketing activities, customer research), how complete they are, how accurate they are and how fast we get them.

A Small Town's Big Cheese

July 1, 2010 10:32 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

With over 100 years of experience and a commitment to local dairy production, Westby Cooperative Creamery has kept one foot planted in the traditions of the past and a keen eye on the future. A small, Midwestern town, Westby, Wisconsin covers just over two square miles, and a sign at the edge of town announces, “Population: 2,045.

Are We Safer, Yet?

June 30, 2010 5:42 am | by Scott Orlosky, In Safety

Safety has been in the news a lot lately. Remember the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April and the HUGE ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil debacle?  As always there is enough finger pointing going on to implicate a whole host of manufacturers and operators. If we set aside all this media attention for a moment and get down to the nuts and bolts of safety there are really three main players: Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), Operators, and Regulatory Agencies.

So Boring It Must Be Important

June 30, 2010 5:41 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

As we do our planning for the content of each print issue of Food Manufacturing , as well as the overall strategy for www.foodmanufacturing.com and our daily e-newsletter, we’re faced with three primary marching orders. Keep it interesting. Keep in pertinent. Address the readers' critical issues.

Keeping Record Of What Counts In Job Training

June 29, 2010 5:20 am | by J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, Executive Vice President, Product Strategy and Management, ESI International

“Sounds good in theory, but my boss won’t let me do this.” “That’s nice, but I already know how to do it my own way.” “Why do I even go to these training sessions when this stuff obviously can’t be applied in my real job?” These sentiments reflect a complaint frequently heard of employees in many industries.

What Makes A Modular Conveyor?

June 28, 2010 4:32 am

Type into any Internet search engine the term “modular conveyor” and you will see a long list of manufactures that label their conveyors as modular.  Using a simple definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary for modular, “constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use,” it would appear that all conveyors are modular in design.

Q&A: Recalls & Liability

June 28, 2010 4:31 am

Freshway Foods recently announced a massive lettuce recall due to contamination by a rare strain of E. coli bacteria. This recall, once again, has brought consumer concerns about food safety to the forefront and has exposed the food industry to increased media scrutiny.

Wash, Wax, Waste Of Money

June 25, 2010 5:16 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

When it’s summer and the sun is shining, there are a few things that bump up on my priority list. One is managing my free time to include lots of outdoor walks and runs, and then DVR-ing anything that interferes with Brewers games. Another is keeping my freezer stocked with various frozen treats… or at least re-routing home so I can swing by Sonic for a fresh fruit slush.

Globalization: We Created A Culture Of Job Insecurity

June 25, 2010 5:15 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

People used to have stable, permanent jobs. Now we live in constant dread of losing our jobs to foreign competition and outsourcing. This Increased job competition has led to a reduction in wages and consequently lower standards of living. People around the globe are more connected to each other then ever before.

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