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Fueling The World On Orange Peels

May 19, 2010 4:51 am | by Dr. Rosalie Lober, Columnist, Biofuels Digest

It is the integration of intent, goals, actions and partnerships that differentiates sustainable biofuels companies from the rest. Integrated companies have deep roots. The leaders of these companies create solid alliances with companies that support their missions through sourcing, distribution, technology and long lasting relationships.

Industry Encouraged to Unite, Respond

May 19, 2010 4:50 am | by Sarah Hubbart, Animal Agriculture Alliance

"I want to be like Paul Revere and sound the alarm," Representative David Scott told a group of agriculture industry leaders on April 28. "You must understand the urgency of this issue. Banning non-therapeutic antibiotics takes away the most effective means of keeping animals healthy.

Dannon Improves Operations With SAM

May 18, 2010 5:24 am

The Dannon Company, Inc. is America's founding national yogurt company and continually leverages its expertise to develop and market innovative cultured fresh dairy products in the United States. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Dannon has plants in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX and West Jordan, UT.

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Show Me The Way

May 18, 2010 5:23 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Aside from being a Cy Young Award winner (think MVP for baseball pitchers) and member of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates World Championship baseball team, Vernon Law is attributed with one of my favorite quotes of all time. Whether he was referencing his experience as a father or an athlete I’m not sure, but by sharing with us that he felt, “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward,” Law also could have been foreshadowing the current situation involving our market’s new trade show schedule.

Superfood Provider Finds ERP Supplement

May 17, 2010 5:25 am

As startup manufacturers and distributors experience increasing success, they often find that the small business IT tools they initially ingested became an impediment to future growth. Case in point: superfood provider Genesis Today needed a software ‘supplement’ to eliminate its QuickBooks blockage to future growth.

'Smart' Blending Improves Consistency

May 17, 2010 5:24 am

Ever since the prepared food market exploded, the demand for more gratifying, chef-inspired cuisine has continued to grow. The resulting challenge today is to produce larger volumes of products that taste like they were chef-created in small batches, yet maintain consistency of content, texture and flavor.

Spiral Oven Takes Baked Potatoes To Higher Level

May 14, 2010 4:46 am | by Food processors like Intevation Food Group are using innovations in high-capacity spiral oven technology to cook a wide range of products at higher speeds with more control, consistency, and 85% less real estate

Food preparation start-ups can be a very complex undertaking, particularly when you set out to produce a wide variety of specialty items ranging from twice-baked potatoes to jalapeno poppers. But when you’re designing your fifth operation (the fourth since he thought he retired in 1990), like Jay Arend, you are likely to know the ropes pretty well.

The Key To High-Speed Industrial Door Safety

May 14, 2010 4:44 am | by Jim Boerger, PE, Director of Technology & Innovation, Rite-Hite Doors, Inc.

Many doors with electric tape switches will monitor for a damaged reversing edge switch and respond to failure by holding the door open in a safe position. A pneumatic switch may be able to do something similar. However, careful consideration needs to be given since the pneumatic switch can be rendered inoperable if the device develops an air leak.

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Reduce Shrinkage

May 12, 2010 5:03 am

Seeing 250,000 pounds of product go to waste each year can bring a tear to any company’s eye. For powdered food processor Allied Blending & Ingredients, Inc., (Keokuk, IA) there was little comfort in knowing that product shrinkage on this order — one percent — is actually the industry norm when handling 25 million pounds of ingredients each year.

Custom Metal Detectors Meet Sartori's Need For Speed

May 12, 2010 5:03 am

The ProScan uses advanced technology and pinpoint accuracy to screen Sartori Foods' custom converting product. When it comes to converting cheese in large volume, the “need for speed” exists for every piece of machinery in the plant. When Peter Marsing of Sartori Foods was sourcing metal detectors for his cheese converting line, he had many critical requirements for the company that he was going to team up with.

How To Reverse the Trends in Product Recalls & Product Liability Lawsuits

May 11, 2010 4:43 am | by Randall Goodden, Author, Lawsuit! Reducing the Risk of Product Liability for Manufacturers

Trying to reverse the trends in product recalls and product liability lawsuits A very special conference will be taking place at the Sheraton Gateway Suites by O’Hare Airport in Rosemont IL July 14 and 15. It is The 6th Annual Midwest Product Safety & Liability Prevention Conference .

When 'Slackers' Take Over Manufacturing

May 10, 2010 4:22 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

We all know that manufacturing has an old age problem . Something has to be done—and rather quickly—to fill in the massive gaps that the Boomers will leave in this industry once they retire. One of the main initiatives to solve this crisis of sorts is to market manufacturing as a career option for the members of Generation Y, of which I am a part.

Optimizing Your Production Systems

May 10, 2010 4:21 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Why can’t we do a better job of system design? Isn’t there some way to minimize design AND operating costs? Can’t we find a means to eliminate the need for piecemeal continuous improvement? If you find yourself asking these questions, then perhaps Production Systems Engineering: Cost and Performance Optimization is the answer you’re looking for.

Protecting The Fleet

May 7, 2010 4:42 am | by Joe LaFergola, Manager of Business and Information Solutions, The Raymond Corporation

When a lift truck makes impact with a rack, there is the potential for damage to the lift truck, racking and products. Damage can be extremely costly and, if not repaired, may create hazards for equipment and personnel. In June 2009, Masters Gallery Foods, a full-line supplier of cheese products with headquarters in Plymouth, Wis.

From 'Moo' To 'Tweet': Cows Head To Twitter

May 6, 2010 10:58 am | by Amy Radishofski, Associate Editor

Moooove over celebrities — the cows have come home, err to Twitter. I’ve heard of companies putting themselves on social media networks, but I’ve never heard of them teaching their products to tweet before, and it got me thinking... Do you have any idea how many of your employees, let alone customers, spend hour after hour on Facebook or Twitter? There are millions of people floating around out there on social networking sites, so using this new media to give them a window into your world may not be a bad thing.

Wireless Sensors in Real-Time

May 5, 2010 4:45 am | by Aaron LaJoie, Electrochem Solutions

One option would involve the use of a higher gain or directional antenna to improve signal strength. Another is the ability to use a meshing system. Meshing is the ability to use devices known as routers or repeaters to essentially extend wireless signals and make communication paths more reliable.

Direct Your Angry E-Mails Elsewhere

May 5, 2010 4:25 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

Fan of the Obama administration or not, it’s clear that we need a new direction on our country’s manufacturing policy. We’ve needed one for a long time, actually — before President Obama took office, and before President Bush won for the first time in 2000. It’s not a matter of Democrat vs.

Three Steps To Data Center Management

May 3, 2010 11:07 am | by Joe Polastre, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Sentilla

Modern data centers are complex beasts; with a variety of appliances running across a multitude of hardware configurations and physical layouts, they are the product of years of expansion and growth. One of the first things I ask customers is what management tools they are using.  There's always a laundry list, some open-source (like Nagios) and some from large software vendors (like IBM Tivoli).

Energy Management Keeps Products Cool

May 3, 2010 8:02 am

Del Mar Foods’ food processes involve numerous energy-intensive operations, and many of these operations cannot be shut down due to the perishable nature of food products. Del Mar Foods needed to reduce energy costs without affecting production numbers or the quality of their products. Powerit Solutions’ engineers found the facility could do this by managing the demand of loads such as IQFs, plate freezers, cold room evaporators, ammonia compressors, and waste water handling equipment.

Retrofit Helps Pickle Maker Out Of A Jam

May 3, 2010 4:29 am

When your mission is to make the world’s freshest pickle, you can’t afford any jams in your cucumber processing line.  A major pickle manufacturer experienced this disruption in production at least two to three times per month because the conveyor that transferred the cucumbers from the water wash tank was prematurely wearing and breaking.

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