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'Saving' The Next Generation of Manufacturing Workers

June 20, 2013 11:54 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

When it comes to the monumental task of training another generation of manufacturing employees, armed with the high-tech skills that the technology-heavy processes of the future will require, it’s easy to come down hard on the educational system.

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Food Safety & Collaboration

June 6, 2013 9:28 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

While open innovation has been adopted slowly here in the U.S., companies like General Mills (see Food Manufacturing, June 2012, p. 34) are beginning to publicize their own successes with open innovation.

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Campylobacter on the Rise

May 7, 2013 9:16 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

According to new reports released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), incidences of campylobacter, commonly contracted from poultry and raw milk, are on the rise.

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Legos on the Plant Floor?

May 1, 2013 8:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Apple’s campus-in-progress will feature an orchard for engineers to wander through, while Facebook is wrapping up work on campus that features a B-B-Q shack, a sushi house and a bike shop. At the same time, Google is offering ping pong tables, video game arcades and Lego stations.

How to Be Heard

April 22, 2013 9:15 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Every plant manager I’ve met in my career values the well-being of their employees over all else, so I have no doubt the safety team is on board with whatever needs to be done here — and if you can prevent a listening problem, you can likely prevent a hearing problem.

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Please Turn Out the Lights

April 12, 2013 9:27 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

The U.S. manufacturing sector has decrease total energy consumption by 17 percent between 2002 and 2010, according to a report released last month by the EIA. After years of advice, prodding, urging and incentivizing, manufacturers are greener than ever, and so are their pocket books.

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Taking Manufacturing to School

April 8, 2013 12:33 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

In June 2011, President Obama launched a national effort to revitalize American manufacturing. This private-sector-led initiative, known as the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), was designed to “bring together industry, universities and the federal government to chart a course for investing and furthering the development of emerging technologies

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Lessons from the Cupping Room

April 1, 2013 9:00 am | by ANNA WELLS, Executive Editor, IMPO

I’ve been through every plant you can think of, whether it produces motors, lawn mowers, refrigerators, treadmills, or Tequila Rose. From construction equipment to breathalyzers — I’ve seen it all. I even once toured the plant of a manufacturer of caskets, where rows of associates sewed linings with delicate care.

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What We Mean When We Talk About Safety

March 20, 2013 9:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

As those in the food industry rush to embrace new food safety rules that promise to make food safer for consumers, a less examined public health threat is lurking, and food processors may soon come face-to-face with a brand new set of regulations designed to stop it.

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Food Fraud: Are Your Ingredients at Risk?

March 1, 2013 11:47 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Food fraud is on the rise across the globe, and it is impacting all forms of products — from milk and olive oil to seafood and beef. While some cases of food fraud are due to the efforts of unscrupulous processors, some honest food companies are unknowingly producing items containing fraudulent ingredients.

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FDA’s New Rules: What We Know

February 4, 2013 12:36 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

In January, the FDA released two proposals for new rules under 2011’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules are being touted as a significant overhaul of the nation’s food safety system and are largely supported by industry. 

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Rising to the Gluten-Free Challenge

January 25, 2013 4:46 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

As gluten-free products become a necessity for a growing number of consumers being diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, food companies will need to develop more gluten-free options. While gluten-free manufacturing is no easy undertaking, it offers unique rewards for companies willing to accept the challenge.

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My First Trade Show & The Digital Revolution

December 10, 2012 9:16 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

For companies in modern America and across the globe, the digital revolution is every bit as unsettling today as the financial crisis was in 2008. The ways in which we interact today are so different from what we have encountered in the past.

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Perception Is Everything

December 3, 2012 9:25 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

More Americans are concerned about where their food comes from and how it is produced. As more shoppers search for food free from chemicals and lengthy, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, it is more important than ever for food companies to carefully consider how they market their products and communicate with shoppers.

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Business On The Move, Across The Globe

November 29, 2012 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Mobility is about visibility, efficiency, and actionable business transactions — and it's time we shine our light on the benefits rather than just the expenses. For many of us, mobility is not some massive undertaking, full of risk and implementation time, rather an opportunity to fire off a few time-sensitive emails from the airport or view the inventory levels in our warehouse when a customer asks us about delivery timelines.

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Addition, Subtraction, Division

November 8, 2012 9:43 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Food processing mergers and acquisitions can be rough water to navigate, especially for plant floor employees and plant managers who initially might seem immune to the effects of such high-level corporate decisions. Kraft’s experiences offer the food industry a glance into both the challenges and opportunities which result from mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs.

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A Manufacturing History Lesson

November 6, 2012 12:32 pm | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

The skeletal remains of a female metal worker have been found in a grave in Vienna dating back to the Bronze Age (which began more than 5,000 years ago). Previously, it was assumed that only men worked in such fields during the Bronze Age.

Diet Soda Stays Sweet Amid Scientific Debate

November 6, 2012 8:00 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Much attention has been given to the potential health benefits of switching regular soda for diet. But studies citing the danger of artificial sweeteners in diet drinks continue to pop up every few years, confusing consumers about which soda options are safest.

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How To Lose Your Job To A Robot

October 25, 2012 8:00 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

A recently posted video entitled Are Droids Taking Our Jobs? explores the job market and how the recession is affecting workers, as well as robot welfare. As our society progresses, robotics and algorithms are becoming more advanced at an exponential rate. This has been apparent for quite some time. So, are droids really taking our jobs?

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Beer Bombs

October 24, 2012 9:30 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D

Back in 1956, three executives from the Can Manufacturers Institute and the Glass Container Manufacturers Institute wrote a report titled “The Effect of Nuclear Explosions on Commercially Packaged Beverages.” Their motivation was simple: In the event of a nuclear explosion, what, if anything could be consumed after the fallout?

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