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The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants

April 24, 2015 1:15 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

To maximize the life of the bearing and uptime of your warehouse equipment, here are three crucial things to consider for an effective industrial lubricants management program.

Case Study: Fast Food Made Even Faster by High-Speed Doors

April 24, 2015 8:20 am | by Michael Watkins, Vice-President – Marketing, Rytec High Performance Doors | Articles | Comments

Door speed and reliability ensure that every doorway is ready to handle high volume, 24/7...

Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

April 23, 2015 2:35 pm | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

For those who have become receptive to the potential benefits of Cloud-based manufacturing...

How Buyer-Driven Procurement Became the New Normal

April 23, 2015 9:10 am | by Dan Amzallag | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, time, cost and a lack of resources put severe limits on procurement professionals...

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Belgian Brewery Turns Food Waste into Beer

April 23, 2015 8:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Belgian microbrewery is selling beer that utilizes unsold bread from supermarkets. The result blends ingredients and techniques from modern and ancient brewers.

Earth Day: A Two-Step Strategy Makes a Sustainable Difference

April 22, 2015 3:30 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

It may sound like a boring topic, but without packaging, more food would be wasted. Granted, food waste is already at critical levels, with more than 30 percent of food in the U.S. being wasted annually, but packaging plays a positive role in this equation.

The Internet of Things Really is a Thing

April 22, 2015 12:45 pm | by Mitch Maiman | News | Comments

There is tremendous potential for the use of IoT in many unusual and novel ways, as well as continued potential for inclusion of products and technologies which actually pre-date the phrase and formed the basis for its inception. 

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Nestlé USA Announces All 23 Factories Achieve Zero Waste to Landfill

April 22, 2015 12:05 pm | by Nestlé USA | News | Comments

Nestlé USA announced today that all of its 23 factories – spanning confections, dairy, frozen and refrigerated meals, ice cream, baking ingredients, and beverages – are now landfill-free, contributing zero waste for disposal.

Navigating A New Social Supply Chain

April 22, 2015 10:05 am | by Bob McKee | Articles | Comments

Maximizing supply chain flexibility and managing multiple supply chain configurations is becoming paramount, especially as the increasing use of online channels is forcing supply chain managers to reduce their response times and fill smaller, more personalized customer orders.

CPR For Lean Warehouses

April 22, 2015 8:35 am | by Steven (Jimmy) Benefield, Partner at enVista | Articles | Comments

Many Lean warehouse teams start out with great intentions, implementing changes that improve processes and increase efficiency. But then, slowly over time, the newness wanes and they lose momentum. While this is not uncommon, it’s extremely important that managers take notice and take action. 

Pilgrim's Pride to Cut Antibiotics From 25 Percent of Chickens

April 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The nation's second-largest poultry producer expects a quarter of its chickens to be completely free of antibiotics by 2019.

Maintenance of the Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive to Collaborative

April 20, 2015 1:15 pm | by Marc-Alexis Rémond | Articles | Comments

With today's growing desire for greater productivity and efficiency, manufacturing processes and equipment are being subjected to increased demands for additional capacity, testing accepted limitations

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Why and How You Should Conduct a Waste Audit

April 20, 2015 10:35 am | by Michael Wilson, Vice President of Marketing, AFFLINK | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers, distributors, and end-customers become more environmentally focused, one area that often gets overlooked is waste. For businesses, the amount of waste generated and disposed of can be considerable. And, the costs to remove this waste can also be pricey.

April Automation Update

April 17, 2015 11:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There is a shift taking place in the manufacturing industry towards more advanced technologies on the plant floor. However, implementing significant change — such as investing in automation — can be daunting. 

How Production Loads in Your Food Processing Plant Affect Refrigeration Efficiency and Stability

April 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Michael Griffith, Lead Automation Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

When cooling loads change gradually, your refrigeration equipment and controls undergo gradual changes and your system remains stable and efficient. However, if rapid load fluctuations occur as a result of production or sanitation activities, many systems experience pressure or temperature fluctuations, which can cause sanitation and quality issues as well as increased energy usage.

Cargill Executive Chairman Maps Path to a More Food-Secure World

April 16, 2015 12:55 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

Speaking at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food Security Symposium on Thursday, Cargill Executive Chairman Greg Page urged attendees to be mindful of four principles that can help ensure all people have access to safe, affordable and nutritious food.

Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Don DeSimone | Articles | Comments

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

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Eco-Friendly Packaging in the Food and Beverage Industry: Types & Benefits

April 16, 2015 10:00 am | by Kyle Lawrence, Process Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

The global green packaging market is expected to grow at about 8 percent over the next five years, with the food and beverage market positioned as the largest consumer of green packaging materials. Understanding the types and benefits of eco-friendly packaging is key as it continues its transformation into a best practice. 

The Financial Benefits of Reliability

April 15, 2015 3:20 pm | by Bruce Hawkins, CMRP, Emerson Reliability Consulting | Articles | Comments

When manufacturing organizations look to asset reliability to improve their facilities, there is often one main driver behind this decision: financial performance. 

Tech Tastes Wine: When Start-Ups and Investors Meet Over Great Wines

April 15, 2015 10:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The goal of Tech Tastes Wine is to introduce tech entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts for collaboration and investments - and at the same time learn more about fine wines, the wine industry, and new technologies for the food, fashion, and wine sectors.

Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 1:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The big question for manufacturers is — is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits available? Craig Anderson, PFI’s strategic accounts manager, walk through the top five considerations you shouldn’t be going without. 

E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth in Warehouse Automation Market

April 13, 2015 10:40 am | by ARC Advisory Group | Articles | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study.

How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 13, 2015 9:00 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

Being in a supervisory role doesn't make someone an effective supervisor. They have to develop their skills as a supervisor the same way they learn any craft.

How Cloud Enables and Supports the Lean Warehouse

April 10, 2015 1:40 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems at NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Why be lean? Today’s market for products and materials is customer-centric. Companies need to be able to quickly refocus their supply chain operations in anticipation of or in response to changes in customer purchasing preferences. 

Vendor Management a Key Component of Effective HACCP Plan

April 10, 2015 10:19 am | by Mandy VanHaitsma, Marketing Coordinator, Columbian Logistics Network | Articles | Comments

For a truly effective HACCP plan, companies must formalize vendor policies and communication with vital service partners.

How 3D Printing is Complementing the Refrigeration Design Process

April 10, 2015 8:25 am | by Phillip Rowley, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Headlines have been hot with 3D printing news, toying with opinions on how the technology could affect the everyday consumer experience.

Embedded Technology Will Enable the IoT

April 9, 2015 3:30 pm | by Wayne Warren | Articles | Comments

There is no doubt that IoT represents a significant challenge for data management and analysis. And as the volume of data being generated grows exponentially, the problem can only become more acute.

Infographic: The State of Sustainable Manufacturing

April 9, 2015 2:45 pm | by IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think.

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