In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?
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Many manufacturers in recent years have put off acquiring new equipment and technology so they could conserve cash in preparation for the next economic curve ball. When it comes to the benefits of leasing equipment in the fourth quarter, there are still good reasons to acquire equipment before the year ends.
Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process where we take raw ingredients from nature, throw them together however we see fit, add some heat and consume. But advances in technology and changing attitudes toward the food we eat are breaking down that process even further.
American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.
The National Pest Management Association has declared this week Rodent Awareness Week as rodent populations continue to rise during the winter months. Learning to pest proof your business, especially those in the food industry and food supply chain, is essential.
Some notable advancements have included the assembly line, telephone, fax machine and the Internet. Today, there is a ubiquitous technology poised to revolutionize how business is done: the smartphone… but NOT for the reason you may think.
Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?
Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.
If you seek to improve innovation, then a good strategy is to maximize your quotient. The first step is to have good processes and systems in place to diligently watch your surrounding marketplace including customer behaviors and competitive actions.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
In recent years it seems consumer news outlets are taking “compelling” to a whole new level when it comes to reporting on the food and beverage industry. Opting for drama instead of balanced facts, many outlets are driving unnecessary and unfounded food ingredient fears.
When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.
While the simplified regulations allow for more manufacturing firms to qualify for tax benefits, they also introduce many compliance challenges. Firms will need to look at their tax practices with a new set of eyes to ensure they reap the full potential benefits.
Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.
Not having that single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful.
Companies think their network is secure because they bought a product or service, and then they rest. You can’t rest. You need to consistently monitor and analyze your network while investing in training and security updates.
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, has been gaining a majority of the publicity devoted to manufacturing over the past year. From appearances on popular television shows to packed booths at trade shows, 3-D manufacturing has captured the imagination of manufacturing professionals and the general public.
The adoption of Internet Protocol in manufacturing is prompting a new era of cooperation and collaboration between IT and OT. Both have essential roles to play in helping manufacturing companies successfully transition to a single, secure IP-based network.
Complicated packaging requirements, stringent production regulations and thin profit margins mean food manufacturers must be innovative and efficient to compete. Burns & McDonnell and Rockwell Automation collaborated to deliver a 10 percent increase in production capacity.
Factors that contribute to price growth for material handling equipment include the industrial production index, the value of construction, which depends on the level of construction activity; and equipment users’ ongoing need for higher productivity.