In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on critical issues. In this issue, we ask: how will the continuous and future integration of robots in manufacturing change the way we design and create?
According to a recent poll, only 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work. If you want to entice your employees, incentives will only work when the individual places a high value on the allurement.
In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: How will the continuous and future integration of ...
The FDA announced new regulations requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and other retailers of prepared foods to include calorie labels on all menus. I believe the overhaul will act as a great source of information, but only for those who care.
On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. This fact alone puts the meal miles ahead of Thanksgiving in space.
I am continually amazed by the constant flow of new technologies on the market to help consumers maintain a healthy diet. While innovation is essential in the food industry, some inventions I have to question. The latest: IQhydr8.
I discussed the resurgence of the manufacturing sector with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. She shared some valuable insight into Missouri’s strengths for attracting expansions and investments.
Diversion is key to a successful recycling program; every bit of weight you subtract from your trash saves you money on your solid waste hauling bill. Since food manufacturers generate large quantities of valuable recyclables, a well optimized program can create a significant revenue stream.
While scrolling through emails, I stumbled upon GoldieBlox — a building toy equipped with axles, pulleys, blocks and ribbon designed to promote engineering interest in girls. The GoldieBlox site boldly declares, “We aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.”
I think the idea of providing detailed information about our food products is a beneficial and healthy-minded decision. While I already consider myself knowledgeable about the food I choose to eat — or more importantly not eat — many Americans are not so educated.
No small manufacturing leader wants the distraction and expense of investing months of team time into solutions that take a long time to vet, even longer to implement, and don’t allow the flexibility you need to answer your unique business challenges.
The question of whether to renovate an existing facility or build a new plant is becoming more complex as processors balance their equipment and production needs with meeting food safety requirements.
The runaway success of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Canada’s hottest spirits export, is prompting on-premise operators and competing adult beverage suppliers to try to capitalize on consumer interest in red-hot cinnamon flavor profiles.
With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.
With a flurry of products on the market, food companies have a much greater competition today than in years past. Exclusive packaging is a great way for a company to showcase its personality. That’s why I have compiled a list of some of the most unique beer packaging that I have ever seen.
The World Trade Organization announced that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require labeling packaged beef and pork products identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Did the WTO come to the right decision concerning meat labeling rules?
Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.
Our four-legged friends are often fed over-processed and chemically altered foods. Am I saying pet owners should only feed their animals raw food? Not necessarily. But I do think we should be mindful in the food brands we are purchasing for them.
I think America’s trade deficit is the biggest single obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs or keeping manufacturing jobs in the country. I also agree with Warren Buffet who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic economy than either the federal budget deficit or consumer debt, and could lead to political turmoil.”
If your organization does, in fact, require an entirely new plant, here are five factors to consider that will help keep you on track during your site-selection process.