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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.


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?


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?


It’s A Wrap

October 15, 2012 9:47 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

PACK EXPO and packaging manufacturing professionals and consultants can guide food manufacturers toward the kinds of packaging solutions that will provide increased product value and maintain brand integrity. When food packaging is good, the industry and consumers can both feel good.


Let Them Eat Horse

October 12, 2012 12:26 pm | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

Right now, a war is being waged over the newly legalized practice of slaughtering houses, and I have a hunch that the idea of every little girl’s dream gift ending up on a dining room table has something to do with the stalling in regard to the controversial topic of opening horse slaughterhouses in the United States.


Sitting With America

October 11, 2012 10:06 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Some people buy American because they, as Americans themselves, think it’s simply the right thing to do. Some buy American because, to them, seeing the “Made in America” label means that they’re getting a superior product. Others, because they’ve heard the grave statistics outlining the importance of a strong manufacturing base in the United States.

Moving Up In The World

October 9, 2012 4:50 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Technology has improved over time to ensure that most winches, hoists, and cranes serve their purpose safely. However, advanced equipment technology isn’t the complete solution, and this critical area of material handling still requires some user know-how when it comes to accurate selection and maintenance.


Visiting the 'Detroit' Of Southeast Asia

September 25, 2012 8:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of flying across the Pacific to visit Thailand and to tour the county’s burgeoning automotive industry. The trip was at the behest of Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) agency, which has developed a number of policies and incentives to help bring more manufacturing into the country, regardless of industry.

Investing In Labor Pays Off With Productivity

September 18, 2012 9:07 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Keeping labor costs down has long been a preferred method for manufacturers around the globe to achieve sustained success and profitability. However, lately it seems manufacturers have found investing in efforts to raise workforce productivity to be a reasonable and desirable alternative.


Drought Looms Large For Food Processors

September 13, 2012 8:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Experts aren't sure about the long-term impact the Midwestern drought will have on food prices across North America. Media reports have conflicted on the severity of the drought's effect on crop yields and consumer food costs.  


The IP Bogeyman

August 14, 2012 9:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Besides IT resources, it’s important to remember all of the other items of value that exist within the walls of your facility. In a processing environment, sequencing and recipes can be the intellectual property that means retaining your competitive edge.


Sugary Drinks: Industry Challenges And Opportunities

August 3, 2012 12:17 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

Whether or not evidence linking sugary drinks and obesity is conclusive, it is clear that consumers are curbing soda consumption. Such a purchasing shift presents obvious challenges to the beverage industry but also a wealth of growth opportunities.


From Need-To-Know To Need-To-Share

July 31, 2012 10:24 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

Supporting a mobile workforce is one thing, but do you have the right strategy that not only improves productivity, but also keeps your corporate information secure and protects you from liability?


The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Labor

July 25, 2012 9:30 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Skilled laborers suddenly finding themselves out of work are looking for unskilled jobs in the food industry out of necessity, and employers can pick up needed labor for bargain prices. But at what cost?


How Cheap Is This Breakfast?

July 17, 2012 9:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution

Even when pointing to the characteristics (or price) of your products, never assume that these “benefits” are a no brainer.


Head Directly To Jail, Do Not Collect $2M

July 9, 2012 12:58 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

With fraud in the manufacturing sector continuing to rise, businesses need to look for ways to protect themselves. Steps to secure your business might include reviewing online banking and transactional accounts daily, dedicating a computer to just banking transactions (no email or web browsing on this computer), and using spyware detection and authenticated applications.


Working Stiffs At Age 15

July 5, 2012 8:00 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

As college is becoming more and more common, there has been an emergence of a new type of education, or rather a new format; the concept of Technical Education High Schools (TEHS).

What If The Humane Society Were In Your Facility?

June 25, 2012 1:22 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

If food companies take the time to learn the concerns of animal activists and consumers, they can take action before a potentially detrimental situation occurs at their facility, as well as gain the respect and trust of their customers.


Deceptive Marketing, Damaging Consequences

June 18, 2012 11:00 am | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

This May alone, a number of companies have been hit with deceptive marketing charges, padding their pocketbooks by giving false hope to their consumers.



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