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Sweeping Dust & Debris Could Blow Your Safety Rating

April 7, 2010 5:08 am | by Compliance

Sweeping or blowing of fugitive dust during housekeeping is widely discouraged by OSHA and the NFPA for nearly all industries. Seemingly benign, dusts create an assortment of hazards that include flying particles that can lead to eye injury, slip hazards and ergonomic injuries. The most serious hazards surrounding the sweeping and blowing of dust threaten lives, such as respiratory and explosion hazards. 

At Least You Have A Job

April 6, 2010 11:56 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Don’t get me wrong… I AM glad to have a job. But as we grapple up this economic canyon, the lingering cries of a desperately submissive workforce have muted our national confidence. We’re a nation of wet blankets, or worse, puppies — ecstatically licking our owners’ hands. In summary: I’m tired of the groveling. I’m tired of the daily fear that, lest we function at near-robotic levels of productivity, we’ll lose our positions.

Finding Those Golden Production Nuggets

April 5, 2010 12:30 pm | by Herb Lichtenberg, Senior VP Practice Director for Production

Whistles are blowing, phones are ringing and people are scrambling all over the factory floor. There has just been a major equipment breakdown and it looks like it will take days to fix and get the plant running again. Just think of the lost production, the late orders and the unhappy customers.

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Making Friends In The Twittersphere

April 5, 2010 12:19 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

I say that as someone charged with the task of maintaining Food Manufacturing’s presence on several social networking platforms. Don’t get me wrong: connecting with readers in the food industry on twitter has been a valuable experience, allowing me to keep up, in real time, with what you guys are concerned about in your day-to-day operations.

OSHA Head Supports Major Reform Legislation

April 5, 2010 5:15 am | by Eric J. Conn and James A. Lastowka, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

On March 16, 2010, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Dr. David Michaels, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, in support of a major piece of OSHA reform legislation making its way through the U.

Green Ideas In Motion

April 5, 2010 5:15 am

It started as a modest dream among three friends. Recently, the vision became reality with the opening of Green Planet Farms—a $40 million, 195,000 square-foot soy protein isolate (SPI) manufacturing facility in South Sioux City, Neb. As an ingredient manufacturer, Green Planet Farms’ main focus is to serve organic and non-genetically modified protein isolates to food and beverage producers worldwide.

Counting Your Peanuts Before They’re Batched

April 2, 2010 5:07 am | by Michael Woelk, CEO, Picarro

In an era of rising concerns about food safety, establishing rock-solid transparency mechanisms in the food supply chain has become a critical business issue for food manufacturers, suppliers and retailers. Ongoing problems with counterfeit and adulterated food products, as well as rising incidences of lethal outbreaks of food-borne bacteria are forcing the food industry to radically recreate its supply chain with newer technologies designed to markedly enhance accountability, traceability and safety.

It's Not Easy Being Green, But You Have To Be

April 2, 2010 5:06 am | by Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net

I’m sorry, you’re not green enough. Just a few years ago, using that type of reasoning for dissolving a business partnership may have been hard to swallow. However, that’s exactly what Nestle did. The Swiss food company announced that it was  dropping an Indonesian palm oil supplier  due to the damage that palm oil plantations are causing in Southeast Asia.

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The Four Components of Global Supply Chain Visibility

March 31, 2010 5:34 am | by Niko Michas, President & CEO, BridgeNet Solutions, Inc.

Over the years, it has become the norm for companies to go through third party supply chain solutions providers for the technology and tools that make true visibility possible.  While this is usually the most cost-effective option for shippers with global logistics networks, it is important to remember that any outside visibility solution is only going to be as cost-effective as your third party is capable of making it if you don’t have direct access to their tools and information.

The 'Price Is Right' For Economic Recovery

March 30, 2010 4:22 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.net

In good times companies may focus less on indentifying areas that are underperforming because rising tides in profits tend to cover their losses. However, it becomes even more important in a down economy to identify underperformers so you can understand why certain customers or certain product lines might be costing your company money.

Chocolate Potpourri Finds Sweet Solution

March 29, 2010 10:56 am

After experiencing operational inefficiencies, candy store truffle manufacturer Chocolate Potpourri, sought out an affordable ERP solution that offered a single, integrated database providing up-to-the minute, real-time data for manufacturing, distribution and accounting purposes. The right system would enable its Executive team to better forecast and manage overall company operations.

The Crushing Problem Of Student Debt

March 29, 2010 5:33 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

The American dream has always been about upward mobility and the mantra for the last 50 years has been “Just get a college education.” In the 1950s only 10 percent of workers had bachelor's degrees. Then the mantra kicked in and people flocked to colleges. By 2007 27 percent of the working people had four-year degrees.

Let's Talk About CEOs

March 26, 2010 5:37 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO CEOs are important people, to say the least. They’re the figureheads of some of the world’s biggest entities, entire nations notwithstanding. They get to make the big decisions that either carry a company into our hearts and minds (not to mention wallets), or drive them into bankruptcy.

Wake Up And Smell The SCADA System

March 24, 2010 6:05 am

For many years, Lavazza’s primary purpose has been to bring the aroma and quality of Italian espresso coffee to the world. Luigi Lavazza invented the concept of blending coffee from various sources to yield a savory blend in the early 1900s. Since then the company has built up more than a century of experience while pursuing its twin aims of excellence and innovation.

Energy Recovery Devices Make Desalination A Reality

March 24, 2010 5:35 am | by G.G. Pique, President & Chief Executive Officer, ERI

Nearly 50 years after these words were spoken by President John F. Kennedy, his vision is being realized in countries all over the world. And that’s a good thing.

How To Avoid and Respond To FDA Warning Letters

March 22, 2010 12:03 pm | by Ken Appel, VP Regulated Markets, Veriteq Instruments, Inc.

No regulated business wants to receive an FDA Warning Letter (or Form-483) of Inspectional Observations. In such controlled industries as food, agriculture and pharmaceutical, receiving a list of deficiencies can feel like a heavy blow to your quality system. Worse, with the 2009 increase in enforcement staff (1) and the September 2009 change to the response time—now 15 days—the FDA appears to be ramping up its enforcement mandate (2).

Managing Energy With Modern Drive Systems

March 22, 2010 5:13 am | by Michael Perlman, Siemens Industry Inc., Motion Control Marketing Manager

While it is valid to state that energy efficiency is defined as the same level of production being achieved at an overall lower energy cost, it is equally important for today’s machine builders and automation engineers alike to remember than an energy-efficient system can actually translate into higher productivity.

What's In A Name?

March 22, 2010 5:11 am | by Audrae Erickson, President, Corn Refiners Association

In Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare posed the question “What’s in a name?” Fast forward more than four hundred years and the answer might be: apparently a lot! In the food industry today, the names “natural,” “organic,” and “locally grown” appear to be names that have significant marketing caché.

Eliminating Moisture In Electrical Cabinets

March 19, 2010 10:47 am | by David J.Connaughton, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Filtration and Separation Division

Save maintenance and component expenses by eliminating moisture in electrical cabinets Moisture in electrical cabinets, control panels and motor compartments can affect plant efficiency and product quality, leading to significant downtime and expensive repairs. This is especially critical in food processing industries, since moisture can lead to mold and/or bacterial growth and create regulatory concerns.

Keeping The Chocolate Flowing

March 18, 2010 11:40 am

Established in 1978, Kinnerton today is part of Zetar Plc, and can boast a turnover of £60 million. At its manufacturing plant in Fakenham, the company produces confectionery ranging from Easter eggs and Advent calendars, through to chocolate bars and chocolate miniature figures, as well as chocolate lollipops.

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