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The Struggle Within, Helping Haiti

January 22, 2010 10:08 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Right now, it’s tough to find any news outlet not offering something relative to the tragedy encompassing the earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti – my apologies to any of you that may have looked to this newsletter as an escape from that type of coverage.

Focusing on Distractions

January 21, 2010 11:18 am | by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor

Why we care about NBC's 11:35 timeslot During a week in which there were plenty of newsworthy stories floating around, I spent the majority of my news-reading time emotionally invested in a fight among millionaires. I don’t tend to get overly wrapped up in the lives of famous people, but for reasons that are difficult to articulate, I’m apparently completely entranced by the sight of a bunch of rich people fighting over exactly what time they should be paid millions of dollars to tell jokes on TV.

Agriculture Is Under Attack

January 21, 2010 10:01 am | by Sarah Hubbart, Animal Agriculture Alliance

Last November, Martha Stewart taught her viewers how to prepare a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner after stating that animals on farms are "tortured." Jonathan Safran Foer’s meat-bashing book Eating Animals has put him on the best-sellers list and in the media spotlight. Animal activists continue to release horrific videos depicting alleged mistreatment of animals at processing plants and farms.

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Ergonomics Can Save Money, Save Lives

January 20, 2010 5:17 am | by Patrick Penfield Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

When we go to work, let’s face it:  the last thing on our mind is getting injured or even dying. Unfortunately, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that in 2008, 5,071 workers died on the job. That’s an alarming number! The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported in 2008 was 3.

Moderation, Motivation & Deep Fried Salad

January 20, 2010 5:00 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-in-chief

While waiting to close on our house, my fiancé and I have spent the last month living with my parents (insert jokes about how uncool we are here). It’s not all bad. Laundry is free, my parents have 900+ cable channels, and we don’t have to listen to our neighbor learn to play the guitar at 1:00 am like we did in our apartment.

Stalking The Weather Report

January 19, 2010 5:48 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

This is the time of year when I begin to obsessively check the weather. January in Wisconsin can be particularly soul-crushing, but it’s also January that’s the turning point: average temperatures typically hit their lows for the year in the late part of the month, and then it’s an incremental crawl back to air temperatures that humans can withstand without Gortex.

Automated Manufacturing System Quadruples Production

January 19, 2010 5:39 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

Research Products Company, headquartered in Salina, Kansas, manufactures food additives for the baking and grain milling industries. Products include flour bleaching and maturing services, vitamin and mineral premixes, and others that help the company’s customers create nutritious food for their consumers.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Playstation

January 18, 2010 5:51 am

I’m the “boy who harnessed the Playstation.” And for what, exactly? Let me explain. A while back I learned about the accomplished life of one William Kamkwamba, an African who, at the age of 14, built a windmill from trash (yes, literally) in order to keep his starving family alive.

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Preparing For The Perfect Storm In Food Safety

January 15, 2010 8:32 am | by Jack Payne, Director of Solutions Consulting, CDC Software

Within hours of the FDA announcement in January 2009 that peanut butter was the source of a salmonella outbreak, online buzz on the topic tripled.  The news, sometimes bordering on hysteria, quickly spread across blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms—very likely reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by the illness.

Food Industry Delivers Relief

January 15, 2010 5:48 am | by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor

With ever increasing scrutiny on food manufacturing, it’s easy to forget that this is an industry that feeds us all in increasingly efficient ways. And in the aftermath of Monday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, food companies are coming to the rescue—in more ways than you might expect.

Pick And Place For A Better Product

January 14, 2010 10:31 am

Since deploying the improved Pick and Place system, the pastry dough does not have to be frozen prior to packaging. Mazor’s Bakery of Brooklyn, New York knew it could produce a better product if it could revise its production line. Success hinged on being able to deploy a pick and place technology that didn’t require the product to be frozen prior to packaging.

Out With The Old, In With The Kardashians

January 13, 2010 4:41 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

I recently watched a video on the prospected “obsolete” technology of 2010 —a compilation developed by the Huffington Post which highlighted once prosaic things that were now going the way of the dinosaur. Before I pressed PLAY, I pondered the obsolete… it stood to reason that things like analog television would make the list of the recently tapping out… or DVD in the wake of BluRay? Maybe the Snuggie was past its prime.

Variable Speed Drive Technology Supplies Power When Needed

January 13, 2010 4:28 am | by Paul Humphreys, Atlas Copco Compressors

This article is the final in a three-part series that examines ways to reduce compressed air energy costs. Part one outlined 10 ways to reduce energy costs. Part two suggests ways to reduce energy costs through heat recovery. The simple economic model of matching supply to meet demand optimizes productivity and helps control costs.

What Does It Mean To Have A Creative Workforce?

January 12, 2010 5:16 am | by Mike Collins, author of “Saving American Manufacturing”

In November 2007, a study by the Conference Board and Americans for the Arts in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators, interviewed school superintendents and business executives to find out their views of creativity. Both groups thought creativity was important in the American workplace.

Vacuum = The Dust Workhorse

January 12, 2010 5:15 am | by Vital OSHA & NFPA Housekeeping Standards

In nearly all industries, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends vacuum cleaning as the preferred first defense method of controlling fugitive dust. NFPA 654 states “vigorous sweeping or blowing down with steam or compressed air produces dust clouds.” Despite NFPA and OSHA recommendations, many companies still use air compressors and brooms to clean surrounding equipment, and areas of dust and debris.

Can 2010 Be Prosperous Without Manufacturing?

January 11, 2010 4:32 am | by Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager, Society of Manufacturing Engineers

As January rolls around each year, we tend to make resolutions with every intention on keeping them. By February, however, most have faded away. But if we want manufacturing to emerge from what some call a “Depression,” and support the nation’s economic recovery, then we need to go beyond the annual New Year’s resolutions, and set a number of things into action.

Five Commandments For The Next Industry Leaders

January 11, 2010 4:31 am | by George Young, Founding Partner, Kalypso

This month, the food and beverage (F&B) industry is embarking not only on a new year, but the dawn of a new decade—one driven by the demands of a new consumer reality focused on value, food safety, health and wellness, and environmental sustainability. Near-term, the industry faces a post-recession economy in which the ability to adapt will separate those businesses that soar into success from those that tiptoe into fragile recovery.

What's That Down the Road? A Head?

January 8, 2010 5:22 am | by Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International

With apologies to the old Red Skelton bit, this is the question that manufacturers are now asking about 2010. The 2009 recession has been replaced by the 2010 recovery but thus far it is hard to tell one from another. If this is the year of recovery what will that mean? How will this coming year be judged? Against the miserable performances of 2008-2009 or by the boom years that preceded them? In some respects both will serve as reference points.

IR Thermography Improves Food Safety

January 8, 2010 4:41 am | by Jason Styron, FLIR Systems, Inc.

Jason Styron , FLIR Systems, Inc. In the food industry, it's essential to carefully control the temperature of perishable goods throughout production, transportation, storage and sales. Repeated warnings about infections due to tainted and improperly cooked foods highlight the need for tighter process control.

Will Smile For Food

January 6, 2010 5:21 am

This just in from the “Uplifting Findings for the New Year” file: A recently released Conference Board research survey revealed that U.S. job satisfaction has reached the lowest recorded level in 22 years. The survey found that only 45 percent of Americans are happy with their jobs.

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