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Lean and Beyond: Increasing the Awareness of MRO

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The recognition that a world-class MRO operation is a necessary component of reliable equipment — and a reliable plant — is essential. Subsequently, awareness is not enough. The ability to actually implement change is critical to produce a competitive and reliable product.

PMMI Partners with Ipack-Ima to Launch East Afripack

April 18, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has partnered with Ipack-Ima...

FAQs on GFSI-Recognized Food Safety & Quality Schemes

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee | Articles | Comments

Demand for Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized food safety and quality certification...

IFT Launches 'FutureFood 2050' to Address Food Security Issues

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | News | Comments

The Institute of Food Technologists today announced a sweeping new program, FutureFood 2050,...

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3 Inbound Shipping Challenges That Impact the Entire Supply Chain

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. | Articles | Comments

If you’re looking to save costs on shipping, take a look at inbound shipping. Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group.

Honey Maid Turns Ad Backlash into Love

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Graham cracker maker Honey Maid's television ad featuring biracial and gay families has received more than 5 million views — and a lot of negative feedback. Honey Maid has responded with a second ad in which hate messages are transformed into the word "love."

What Does the Future Hold for Cloud Computing?

April 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, NetSuite Inc. | Articles | Comments

While companies have been relying on hosted software and third-party tools for decades, it has been roughly six years since clouds entered the enterprise IT psyche. Here are some insights into what the future brings for cloud computing.

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Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electrical hazards exist because the modern workplace is filled with electricity-reliant equipment and gadgets. However, a sensible safety plan that addresses equipment, environment and operator issues may reduce the hazards and lead to lower electrical accident rates.

Food Industry Alliance Releases Toolkit to Reduce Food Waste

April 16, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit is designed to help food businesses reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills. The toolkit was produced by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a cross-sector industry initiative.

Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology, took a moment to ask Michael Devereux II, CPA — director of Manufacturing & Distribution Services for Mueller Prost PC and a speaker at the upcoming Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — to clarify some of the details surrounding R&D tax credits.

Adhesives and Sealants: Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

When applied correctly, adhesives and sealants can improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs and save large amounts of time and money. To ensure you’re using these products correctly, it’s important to understand the differences in various adhesives.

'Innovations in Food Safety & Processing' Seminars Set for April

April 15, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Coperion K-Tron, in collaboration with Eriez, ROTEX and Coperion, announce the joint presentation of complimentary food processing seminars, “Innovations in Food Safety & Processing," to be held on April 22 in Rosemont, Ill., and on April 24 in Kansas City, Mo.

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AMI Awards Meat and Poultry Plants for Environmental Practices

April 15, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

The American Meat Institute (AMI) presented 119 plants with Environmental Recognition awards during its 2014 Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment. This year, 40 plants received the highest level Tier Four awards.

A Recipe for Cutting Food Waste

April 15, 2014 8:00 am | by TEDx Talks | Videos | Comments

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans are tossing up to 40 percent of the food supply each year. In this TED Talk, NRDC executive director Peter Lehner explores solutions that can reduce food waste and save money for both consumers and companies.

Is That Bag of Chips Half Full or Half Empty?

April 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Mike Kuebler, Technical Director, Smithers Pira Testing Laboratory, @michaelkuebler | Articles | Comments

Distribution testing of packaged products can deliver material-efficient design with assured product protection, which are essential elements of any approach to sustainability. Testing food products through the supply chain before a product arrives on the shelf can save manufacturers both time and money.

MMI Releases Manufacturing Trends for 2014-2015

April 14, 2014 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Jacob Prak, CEO of Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI), provided an overview of manufacturing trends for the coming twelve months. Prak said companies well aware of the changing situations and flexible enough to adapt will be in the best position to grow and succeed.

How Veterans Can Help Fix the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing needs more skilled and dedicated employees, and there will soon be an influx of veterans who have the qualities necessary to be successful. When it comes to technical skills, it would be harder to find people acquainted with more advanced machinery than veterans.

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BevTech

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | Events

International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) holds its annual meeting, BevTech, each spring to transact the Society's business, to provide a forum for presentation of scientific and technical papers and for meetings of the technical committees.

GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream | Articles | Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

PMMI: 'PACK gives BACK' Event to Feature Jay Leno

April 11, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, announces the return of PACK gives BACK™, Monday, Nov. 3. The event, open to PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO registrants, will feature comedian Jay Leno. A portion of ticket sales will support the K9s for Warriors charity.

How Will Big Data Affect Manufacturing?

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

To continue the conversation around "Big Data," as well as other emerging trends like mobility, cloud technology and metrics programs, LNS Research has teamed up with MESA International to create the 2013-2014 ‘Metrics that Matter’ survey.

Preventing Food Waste by Harvesting Energy for the Cold Chain

April 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Jim O’Callaghan, President, EnOcean Inc. | Articles | Comments

The highest portion of food waste is on the consumers’ side, but food manufacturers also must be vigilant to ensure food stays fresh throughout the supply chain. A non-stop cold chain monitoring system is a major instrument used to keep food fresh.

Reshoring and Revitalizing the American Supply Chain Network

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Reshoring manufacturing is a growing trend in the U.S. After many years of offshoring, companies are taking an in-depth look at the benefits of manufacturing closer to their customer base, leading many companies to consider reshoring production to the U.S.

IDFA Supports Bill to Establish Voluntary GMO Labeling Standard

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The International Dairy Foods Association supports the introduction of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, which would establish a federal standard for voluntary labeling of products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

NRDC: GRAS Process May Allow Dangerous Chemicals into Food

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) review process of chemicals used as food additives is “woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk,” according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Affecting Change to Improve Business Health (Part II)

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

To plan your business change, either slow and steady or drastic and urgent, pretend you are changing your personal health. Make a plan to change your personal health, and then translate it to a business context. It’s one of my favorite planning methods.

Target to Offer Exclusive Organic, Sustainable Products

April 9, 2014 10:25 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Target has hand-selected 17 of the leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that already sell to its stores and has challenged them to come up with new products or new twists. The new products will be offered exclusively at Target.

A Buyer’s Perspective on FSMA at the Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor | News | Comments

Regulatory compliance and business practices can meld under the Food Safety Modernization Act in the practice of food safety quality assurance, Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president for food safety & quality assurance at US Foods, said Tuesday at the Food Safety Summit.

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