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The Truth And Nothing But The Truth

November 10, 2011 8:49 am | by James A. Kosch, Director, New Jersey State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section

The term “environmental fraud” calls to mind unconscionable acts of brazen deceit. For example, a rogue company hides a catastrophic discharge of toxic chemicals as executives falsify reports, lie to regulators and skulk around in a Watergate-style cover-up. But while environmental fraud (as opposed to, say, shoddy compliance) does require intentional deceit, even well-intentioned companies sometimes run the risk of committing fraud by taking a few furtive steps onto a certain slippery slope that involves “shading” the truth.

A Renaissance for Mexican Manufacturing?

November 10, 2011 3:56 am | by Dr. Chris Kuehl, Economic Analyst, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), & Managing Partner, Armada Corporate Intelligence

There are many variables involved in creating a competitive edge. It must be recognized  that many of those are wholly out of the control of the manufacturer. Taxes and regulations imposed by government will influence how well a company does, and there are issues of tariffs and trade that impact business.

In the Public Eye (And On The Bottom Line)

November 9, 2011 4:17 am | by Rick Beaman, PE, Senior Chemical Process Engineer, SSOE Group Dave Jechura, PE, Senior Chemical Engineer, SSOE Group Cliff Reese, PE, Business Leader and Senior Associate, SSOE Group

Rick Beaman, PE, Senior Chemical Process Engineer, SSOE Group Dave Jechura, PE, Senior Chemical Engineer, SSOE Group Cliff Reese, PE, Business Leader and Senior Associate, SSOE Group Owners and operators of manufacturing plants are increasingly embracing the energy-saving technology and efficiency-enhancing systems that architects and engineers have been developing over more than a decade.

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Q&A: Preventing Reusable Asset Theft

November 8, 2011 4:02 am | by Bob Klimko, chairman of Reusable Packaging Association Education Committee and Director of General Industrial Marketing, Orbis Corporation

A: Asset theft is a component of a broader term called asset loss. In the reusable packaging industry, asset loss occurs when assets do not survive their intended asset life. Loss can occur from misuse of assets, mistreatment of the assets or theft. Some of the theft is pedestrian, like a college student taking a milk crate for their dorm room.

Q&A: Investigating Fish Fraud

November 7, 2011 3:44 am | by Lisa Weddig, Director of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, National Fisheries Institute and Secretary, Better Seafood Board

Seafood fraud has been in the news recently, as a new report indicates that many retailers and restaurants are intentionally mislabeling their seafood. Food Manufacturing spoke with Lisa Weddig of the Better Seafood Bureau (BSB), part of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), about this issue and its implications on the economy and food safety.

Q&A: Improving Performance With Dynamic Capacity Management

November 4, 2011 4:55 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Phil Wolf, SVP, Enterprise and OnDemand Product Sales, PDWare Decreasing cost and improving efficiency are always front-of-mind concerns for manufacturers. Phil Wolf of Portfolio Decisionware (PDWare) spoke with Food Manufacturing about how project managers and resource planners can best manage resources to maximize productivity.

Harnessing The Risk Factors Of Facility Project Planning

November 3, 2011 5:29 am | by Dan Vining, PMP, SSOE Group

A project team who tackles risk planning and management with collective intensity wins (at least) most of the time. Facility construction project managers who bray to their peers about having perfected the art of flawless planning, performed error-free risk management, and have always met their projected schedule completion dates can stop here and take a bow while the rest of us genuflect with raised eyebrow.

Who Would You Hire?

October 28, 2011 11:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Recently, I saw a burst of news on the issue of "long-term unemployment" in America. A frightening large number of people have been unable to find jobs for a year or more, which creates of host of issues. They are relying on government aid for a longer period of time (whether they want to or not), which costs everyone more money.

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How To Replace Tribal Knowledge

October 28, 2011 11:26 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Have you done an assessment in your company that identifies the older workers and the valuable tribal knowledge that is about to walk out the door? I think the two most practical solutions are to do everything possible to capture the knowledge and to develop strategies to retain older workers.

Why I Hate The Word 'Plan'

October 28, 2011 11:24 am | by Joe Flach, Consultant, Safe Harbor Consulting LLC

Business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis management professionals are challenged by the use of inexact and often confusing jargon. We use terms such as business continuity, disaster recovery, resiliency, hot site, warm site, cold site, recovery time objective, recovery point objective, business impact analysis, contingency plans, etc.

Freaky Friday: October's Weirdest Food News

October 27, 2011 11:10 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

After a summer hiatus, Freaky Friday has returned. On the last Friday of each month, Food Manufacturing looks back at the most surprising or unusual food-related stories of the month. Here are our top picks for October: The Associated Press strings together several studies and industry reports to reach a single conclusion: Americans eat bad-for-you food , even though they say they want healthy dining options.

Are You A 'Worker' Or An 'Employee'?

October 27, 2011 4:39 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

In any given article about manufacturing, you'll perhaps see a few mentions of the company's "workers." Take a similar article about Google, or Apple, for example, and you'll see a different reality. Instead of being powered by "workers," these technology giants have campuses populated by "employees," "engineers," "ninjas" (a term that makes me cringe).

New High-Quality Production Boosts Flexibility For Ricola

October 26, 2011 4:30 am | by Frank Jansen, Product Manager, Bosch Packaging Technology

Since 1940, Ricola has been synonymous with Swiss quality.  The company’s trademark Original Herb Candies have been blended from 13 pure and organic herbs using the same, delicious recipe for nearly 70 years. The company, based in Laufen, Switzerland, has always strived for the perfect marriage of its trusted core values and the best, most advanced production methods.

Talking Rain Beverage Company Goes National With ERP Solution

October 24, 2011 11:43 am

From its headquarters in Preston, Wash., Talking Rain Beverage Company manufactures and distributes a variety of water and sparkling-water beverages. The privately-held company draws a majority of its water from an artesian spring originating in the Cascade Mountains. When Talking Rain decided to bring its business national in 2010, the company’s leaders recognized the need for a modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that would cost-effectively scale to support the company’s growth and drive improved efficiencies.

Eliminating "Out of Spec" Batches Can Save Ingredient Cost

October 24, 2011 4:52 am | by Del Williams

Advanced batch and lot tracking systems enable consistent, repeatable, error-free batch results by avoiding operator error. Squeezed by rising commodity cost and price conscious consumers, wholesale bakers and other food processors are examining their processes to minimize waste and inefficiency.

A Down Economy Is A Great Time To Launch A New Product

October 21, 2011 4:33 am | by Judson Luke, LePoidevin Marketing

Launching a new product is a risky business. According to the Harvard Business Review in 2004, only 1 in 10 new products were considered successful. Of course, it’s often the case that the bigger the risk, the bigger the potential rewards. With continuing low consumer confidence, media reports of foreclosures, high unemployment and talk of “double dip” recessions, the course of action for many companies has been to simply invest as little as possible in marketing, minimize risk and wait out the storm.

Can Manufacturing Go Mobile? (Part II)

October 20, 2011 4:22 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

This is the second half of a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing. The first part can be found here . A World of Choice Mobile components for many enterprise-level software systems already exist, and the reasons for integrating mobile are many. It's hard to list — or even approximate — the various types of mobile manufacturing software that exist today, mostly due to the fact that they come in just about every shape and size.

Can Manufacturing Go Mobile?

October 19, 2011 4:40 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

This article is the first in a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing. Check out the second part here . One could argue that manufacturing helped spark today's mobile world. Decades ago — long before the iPhone or Android — manufacturers needed better ways to put data in the hands of their plant floor and supply chain employees.

The Cost Of Workplace Stretching Programs

October 18, 2011 4:40 am

Humantech , Inc. recently published an article titled, What is the Cost of Your Workplace Stretching Program , in their monthly e-newsletter, the ErgoAccelerator . According to Blake McGowan, Managing Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer at Humantech, the cost of implementing a stretching program for a medium-sized manufacturing facility can range from a whopping $390,000 to $1,365,000 (see calculations ).

New Trends In Learning Reflect A Changing Workforce

October 17, 2011 4:50 am | by Laurie Keyser Brunner, Senior Vice President of Global Client Services, ESI International

Blended learning contrasts with more traditional, commodity training focused on obtaining credentials. Credential training is a good starting point, but focuses exclusively on learning content to achieve a certification, rather than on-the-job application. Just-in-time tools, learning-on-demand, and self-paced online learning are just some methods that organizations are utilizing to ensure learning events are immediately relevant, with the added bonus of cost savings and flexibility by reducing travel and keeping people on the job.

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