In this Issue of Food Manufacturing, you will find the 2012 Energy Intelligence Guide, which helps processors find grants and incentives to help offset the cost of energy efficiency improvements in their facilities. Here you will find a sampling of some of energy-efficient products, which can help processors achieve some of their energy savings goals.
The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What unique challenges face processors of beverages and other liquids? How can processors address these challenges?
Many businesses give special consideration to equipment financing as the end of the year approaches in order to take advantage of special incentives lenders and captive vendors may offer. While such deals are often available, it’s important to keep financing in mind for acquiring the equipment your business needs, regardless of the time of year.
The greatest challenge for facility maintenance managers is the desire to save energy, but the need to do so economically. Is this even possible? The answer is a definitive yes. The idea is nearly as old as time itself, and employs concepts no more complicated than basic physics.
A new report reveals that while rising labor costs are part of the story, a range of factors — including transportation and energy costs and protecting the supply chain — could drive a sustained manufacturing renaissance in the U.S. beyond any cyclical recovery, potentially improving investment, employment, production output and research & development.
IMPO speaks with experts from Bosch Packaging Systems about new design innovations and how they are impacting the packaging industry. The team has developed some design standardizations that are saving processors time, money and headaches.
Essential factors for the success of a business include production up-time and process machinery efficiency. Real-time monitoring of machinery makes it possible to detect and prevent equipment failure proactively. Many monitoring systems require extensive cabling, which is expensive, cumbersome, and unsuitable for hard-to-access places.
According to a 2012 study of more than 1,300 U.S. workers, 75 percent of employees believe their company is not well-prepared for a natural disaster. Cintas Corp. recently announced seven mistakes businesses make during emergency planning in recognition of National Preparedness Month.
So, we have a process improvement program installed. Our people are trained or are getting trained. We have a list of prioritized improvement efforts and we are attacking that list concertedly. We are tracking our improvement benefits and the numbers are good. What could possibly be wrong?
Manufacturing Day 2012 will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the rewarding, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields. Through open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events, the sponsors hope to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing.
Today, manufacturers are specifically designing new equipment to be both extremely compact and capable of operating at the highest possible temperatures, under intense pressure. As a result, maintenance professionals can benefit from learning key tips that will help them choose the right grease to deliver the performance they need to protect their equipment over the long haul.
The dream of every manufacturer is an operations planning process that has high forecast accuracy, is very responsive to changes in demand, results in well-balanced supply-and-demand and maximizes revenue. A plan created by such a process will ensure that the organization is able to meet its overall demand as well as customer order metrics at the lowest delivery cost.
Reasons for the huge spike in recalls are plentiful, with most contributing factors relating to the increasingly global and complex food supply chain, and a few dramatic, large scale recalls such as the intentional shipment of salmonella-contaminated peanut products and the recall of more than a half-billion fresh eggs.
As a result of this year’s drought, many food companies are already seeing an uptick in commodity prices that is impacting their bottom lines. Attorney Brette Simon addressed how the drought may impact both large and small food companies, especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions.
Due to the delicate nature of the probiotic organism, the introduction of probiotics to the food processing or packaging stages requires special attention. The probiotic must be treated carefully during all stages of food processing to ensure that the probiotic viability is not affected and the overall efficacy is maintained.
The postponement of many of the aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act is good news for food manufacturers, as it allows additional time to implement changes to their processes in order to be in full compliance when the new regulations are fully in effect.
“Does my plant need an overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) system?” That question is top of mind for many plant managers intent on measuring and improving productivity. OEE — the ratio of good parts produced versus what could have been produced under ideal conditions — is a simple performance indicator to which all managers can relate.
Data loss, data unavailability and data corruption all have adverse economic impacts on the organization. Not only do we need to ensure that data is usable and available, we also need to ensure that sensitive data is protected from unauthorized use.
There is a new education reform coming and it is getting a lot of attention by the media. In the rush to follow the latest education movement, people often fail to go back and really examine the socio-economic and other student problems holding the kids and teachers back.
When it comes to cloud computing services, it's important to use a company with expertise in the field in order to maximize data availability. Businesses should look for a company that is experienced with cloud-based services for the best results.