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How Closed-Loop Systems Help Food Processors Save Water, Other Costs

March 2, 2015 8:25 am | by Al Fosco, Frigel North America | Articles | Comments

Here’s what to know about closed-loop systems and how they differ from cooling towers — along with tips for how to ensure the best return on the investment, which can include water efficiencies, cost savings and improved sustainability.

How a Digital PSM Program Can Save You Time

February 26, 2015 3:55 pm | by Richard Boyd, Project Manager, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

What if I told you that your facility could shorten its process safety management (PSM) audit...

5 Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

February 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

When these five fears are prevalent, openness and creativity are replaced by "watching your back...

Sizing Up Success: Consumers Crave Packaging Size Variety

February 26, 2015 8:50 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Suley Muratoglu, vice president, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc., explains...

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Why Manufacturers Need to do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications running on SAP platforms.

VIDEO: How Much Money is Tied Up in Your Inventory?

February 24, 2015 12:10 pm | by Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory. A lack of understanding on how quickly, or slowly, this inventory turns can result in a significant number of operating dollars being tied up at any given time.

Early Exposure to Peanuts May Help Prevent Allergies in Kids

February 24, 2015 8:10 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Exposing infants to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering that risk by as much as 81 percent, doctors found. Instead of provoking an allergy, early exposure seemed to help build tolerance.

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Are You Walking By Your Best Cost Reduction Opportunity?

February 23, 2015 3:30 pm | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

MRO storerooms exist within manufacturing plants, as well as institutional campuses for hospitals, universities, schools, etc. These facilities are generally considered necessary to support plant maintenance, assets, production activities, and employee safety.

Helping Stock Food Banks With Milk

February 23, 2015 9:57 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Milk is one of the food bank items most in demand by Americans living in food-insecure households. Suley Muratoglu, vice president of Tetra Pak, examines how shelf-safe milk can help fill in the gaps for food banks, while providing supply chain and environmental benefits for manufacturers.

Adopting Technology to Go Lean in 2015: The Right Choice For Small Manufacturers

February 20, 2015 1:45 pm | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.   

3 Ways Leaders Can Create Lean

February 19, 2015 2:10 pm | by John Maher, VP Product Strategy at Synchrono | Blogs | Comments

Gone are the days where leaders sit in their offices sending out directives to the rest of the organization and lead mainly by pounding on the rest of us when those directives are not met. Today, leaders are responsible for training and mentoring their people.

How to Get Management More Involved in Your PSM Program

February 19, 2015 1:35 pm | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, PSM, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Does your management team actually understand what’s involved in process safety management? For many organizations, the answer is no. Management often doesn’t realize how much goes into completing each of the 14 PSM elements, telling their teams to simply “get it done." However, there are ways to increase management’s PSM involvement.

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Hershey Begins Move to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

February 19, 2015 8:30 am | by The Hershey Company | News | Comments

The Hershey Company this week announced it is demonstrating its dedication to goodness through its great-tasting, high-quality products by beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly sourcing the ingredients it uses in its product portfolio.

VIDEO: Making e-Commerce Work For Manufacturers

February 18, 2015 3:05 pm | by Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

In the last five to ten years, the use of online ordering has skyrocketed in the industrial MRO space. But tracking down a specific product isn't always easy. Speed, compliance and spend management are all significant factors in this process.

The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 18, 2015 1:25 pm | by Kenneth Ross | Articles | Comments

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.   

Photo of the Day: Grainger Says Safety Impacts Everybody, Every Industry

February 18, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The 2015 Grainger Show, held in Orlando, Fla., welcomed more than 17,000 attendees this week, and I had the good fortune of being one of them! As my first time attending, it was not what I expected; it was even better!

Are You Self-Auditing for PSM Compliance? You Should Be

February 18, 2015 8:05 am | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, PSM, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Don’t let your food processing plant’s process safety management audit take you by surprise. Preparation is paramount, and self-auditing is key. Here are some tips for performing a self audit in your facility.

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Nestle to Remove Artificial Flavors, Colors From All Chocolates By End of 2015

February 18, 2015 8:00 am | by Nestle USA | News | Comments

Nestlé USA announced this week its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products. By the end of 2015, more than 250 products and 10 brands will be free of artificial flavors and certified colors.

7 Items Your Process Hazard Analysis Must Address

February 17, 2015 1:10 pm | by Richard Boyd, Project Manager, Stellar | Articles | Comments

A process hazard analysis is just one of the 14 essential process safety management elements, but it’s also one of the most important. A PHA is extremely detailed, designed to examine and address potential hazards associated with handling highly hazardous chemicals. Do you have all of your bases covered?

Pass — or Fail — With Process Product Development

February 17, 2015 8:25 am | by Nathalie Regniers, Director, Industry & Product Marketing, Infor SCM & PLM. | Articles | Comments

The path to profitable innovation is paved with a number of challenges: tighter launch windows, fickle B2C and B2B customers, volatile market swings and demands for unique, customized products. Process manufacturing executives are rethinking how they develop and launch new products, to minimize risks and maximize profits.

Selecting the Right Ventilation For the Workplace

February 13, 2015 11:45 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Not only is safety something that is closely monitored, but it is also very important to maintaining happy employees and keeping your good employees around. Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.

How to Select the Right Metal Detector for Your Food Facility's Needs

February 13, 2015 10:25 am | by Todd Grube, Inspection Systems Manager; Heat and Control, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Protecting your customers and brand is one of the most important functions a food manufacturer performs. To do so requires selecting the right inspection equipment and maintaining an effective, verifiable inspection program.

Crisis Management Before the Crisis: Lessons For Food Companies Handling Combustible Dusts

February 13, 2015 9:15 am | by Kara L. McCall, Michelle Ramirez | Articles | Comments

There are several engineering, training, and safety measures that a company handling these types of combustible particles can take to prevent a fire or explosion, including identifying the combustible dusts in your facility, instituting proper housekeeping and ventilation to prevent dust release and build-up (and therefore preventing the formation of dust clouds), and eliminating and controlling ignition sources. 

VIDEO: Learn How to Utilize Your Supplier For a Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 1:10 pm | by Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

Food Manufacturing's sister publication, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations magazine, had the chance to speak with Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, about some of the top safety issues Grainger sees with its manufacturing customers.

McCloud Services’ Annual Pest Invasion to Take Place April 21

February 12, 2015 12:00 pm | by McCloud Services | News | Comments

Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety Seminar brings together individuals from the entire food supply chain of custody to learn industry best practices and network.

How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

February 12, 2015 10:55 am | by Anders Ekman | Articles | Comments

While manufacturers have made huge strides into the digital world, the biggest challenge continues to evolve around Big Data. Although Big Data can translate into big revenue, many companies are unable to fully utilize its potential.

Greater R&D Tax Credit Opportunities For Manufacturers

February 12, 2015 8:45 am | by Chris Bard and Chai Hoang, BDO USA | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies attempting to develop new or improved products, processes, or software are eligible for federal and state R&D tax credits. These credits can equal up to 15 percent or more of qualified spending costs, i.e., taxable wages, supply expenses, and a percentage of contract research expenses related to research. 

Q&A: Quality Assurance, Quality Control Processes

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Jorge Hernandez about the quality assurance and quality control processes at US Foods, and other topics related to QA/QC in the food manufacturing industry.

Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail regarding everything on the shop floor. Technology providers offer many solutions to remedy this stress.

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