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How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 13, 2015 | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Comments

Being in a supervisory role doesn't make someone an effective supervisor. They have to develop their skills as a supervisor the same way they learn any craft.

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How Production Loads in Your Food Processing Plant Affect Refrigeration Efficiency and Stability

April 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Michael Griffith, Lead Automation Engineer, Stellar

When cooling loads change gradually, your refrigeration equipment and controls undergo gradual changes and your system remains stable and efficient. However, if rapid load fluctuations occur as a result of production or sanitation activities, many systems experience pressure or temperature fluctuations, which can cause sanitation and quality issues as well as increased energy usage.

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3D Printing and the Decentralized Industrial Revolution

April 16, 2015 1:35 pm | by Sukamal Banerjee

The world has advanced so much that science fiction is becoming a reality. This is abundantly clear in the manufacturing sector as technology moves from prototyping to tooling, to additive manufacturing commonly known as 3D printing.

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Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Don DeSimone

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

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Eco-Friendly Packaging in the Food and Beverage Industry: Types & Benefits

April 16, 2015 10:00 am | by Kyle Lawrence, Process Engineer, Stellar

The global green packaging market is expected to grow at about 8 percent over the next five years, with the food and beverage market positioned as the largest consumer of green packaging materials. Understanding the types and benefits of eco-friendly packaging is key as it continues its transformation into a best practice. 

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Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc.

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

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Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 1:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The big question for manufacturers is — is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits available? Craig Anderson, PFI’s strategic accounts manager, walk through the top five considerations you shouldn’t be going without. 

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In the News: Egg Executives Sentenced to Jail

April 14, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Find out everything you need to know about this story by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

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E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth in Warehouse Automation Market

April 13, 2015 10:40 am | by ARC Advisory Group

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study.

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How Cloud Enables and Supports the Lean Warehouse

April 10, 2015 1:40 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems at NetSuite

Why be lean? Today’s market for products and materials is customer-centric. Companies need to be able to quickly refocus their supply chain operations in anticipation of or in response to changes in customer purchasing preferences. 

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Vendor Management a Key Component of Effective HACCP Plan

April 10, 2015 10:19 am | by Mandy VanHaitsma, Marketing Coordinator, Columbian Logistics Network

For a truly effective HACCP plan, companies must formalize vendor policies and communication with vital service partners.

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How 3D Printing is Complementing the Refrigeration Design Process

April 10, 2015 8:25 am | by Phillip Rowley, Stellar

Headlines have been hot with 3D printing news, toying with opinions on how the technology could affect the everyday consumer experience.

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Embedded Technology Will Enable the IoT

April 9, 2015 3:30 pm | by Wayne Warren

There is no doubt that IoT represents a significant challenge for data management and analysis. And as the volume of data being generated grows exponentially, the problem can only become more acute.

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Did You Know That You Are in the Hardware Store Business?

April 9, 2015 9:40 am | by George Krauter

Consider the essential considerations that companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware chains must employ in order to maintain a profitable scenario. Now compare the situation in the many MRO store rooms. The word “store” is the operative word here, because the MRO storeroom is in fact a “store.”

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7 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Next Trade Show

April 9, 2015 9:00 am | by Robb Clawson, Director of Marketing and Communications, Hargrove

A trade show should be one of the highlights of your sales and marketing year. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of exhibiting at your next trade show.

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Why Calibration Needs to be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well. And, regardless of who owns the software, it needs to be considered in your APM architecture.

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Managing Supply Risk For Distributors

April 8, 2015 10:40 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

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The Importance of Resin Flooring within the Safe Design of a Food Processing Facility

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete

Food safety is critical for consumer confidence and the hygienic design of food processing facilities is vital to the production of safe food and beverage products.

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Combatting the Challenges of E-Commerce With Automation Technology

April 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by John Hinchey

For the retail supply chain, e-commerce is rapidly shifting the entire paradigm. While the e-commerce business model can certainly lead to increased sales and greater customer satisfaction for retailers, it has placed more pressure on manufacturers and distributors. 

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USDA Unveils App to Help Prevent Wasted Food

April 7, 2015 11:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The "FoodKeeper" app, developed by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, informs users about properly storing hundreds of food and beverage products to maximize their shelf lives and decrease food waste.

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Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline in Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 4:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The official totals showed the country lost 1,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector compared to February numbers, which BLS officials characterized as "little change" in employment.

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