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Missouri Sues Tyson Foods Over Fish Kill

June 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by CHRIS BLANK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods Inc., seeking civil penalties and compensation for the state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.     

Patent Infringement: How to Avoid a Nightmare

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by William H. Honaker, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC | Articles | Comments

Nothing crushes your hopes more than receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a very upset patent owner after your great success of what you thought was a new product launch. Attorney Bill Honaker explains five ways to avoid the nightmare of patent infringement.

Packaging Film

June 18, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company showcases special packaging film that replaces heavy cans, bottles, jars, trays and select flexible packaging. The product is stackable, flexible and reclosable.

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US Senator Wants Tighter Trucking Regulations

June 17, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer launched a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road. The New York Democrat asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to speed up a requirement that companies and drivers use electronic devices to log hours driven. 

Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 17, 2014 10:15 am | Articles | Comments

If your workforce storage areas are not safe and secure or if your product inventory is extremely unorganized, you're not alone. Learning new ways to keep productivity moving can help with the large amount of products being manufactured on the floor. 

Report: Restoring the Middle Class With Manufacturing Jobs

June 16, 2014 10:00 am | by University of Virginia Miller Center | News | Comments

A University of Virginia Miller Center commission released a report of actionable ideas on creating manufacturing jobs, which have been an engine of middle-class employment throughout U.S. history. Board members said the goal is to produce quality employees.

Healthier Eating Requires a New IT Diet

June 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

Consumers are moving to less processed products with cleaner labels, which means that manufacturers are dealing with products that have much shorter shelf lives. If it hasn't already, will your company be ready to make the switch to shorter shelf life products?

Woman Finds Razor Blade in Burger King Salad

June 13, 2014 2:13 pm | by KTVK-TV, Phoenix, Arizona | News | Comments

An Arizona woman visiting the Flagstaff Burger King found a razor blade in her salad. An employee admitted to accidentally leaving the blade on a shelf above the bin of lettuce. The company says razor blades are not allowed in food preparation areas.

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What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design?

June 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online | Articles | Comments

The layout of your warehouse should make sense, with items at an easy access. Customer needs will dictate much of how you design your warehouse — from layout to inventory. Keeping your customers happy should be your top priority, and design is a key part of that.

VIDEO: Cooking Up Pizza to Last 3 Years

June 12, 2014 8:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It looks like pizza, but this isn't your average pie. This pizza is specially engineered to last more than three years. This comfort food has been requested by military personnel for years. Soon, they will be provided with food that feels a lot like coming home. 

Feds Let Brewers, Beer Drinkers Get a Little Closer

June 12, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Officials have simplified parts of the approval process for bringing new beers to market, something that in the past could take months. The changes mean brewers will enjoy greater flexibility to experiment with ingredients and production techniques. 

Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

Polymer Liners

June 11, 2014 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces a new system for lowering the abrasion of sensitive packaging that is sterilized in reciprocating retorts. 

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Q&A: Trapping Ethylene May Extend Shelf Life of Food

June 6, 2014 9:24 am | Articles | Comments

It’sFresh!, a company delivering solutions to enhance food freshness and reduce food waste, announced a new sustainability goal; the diversion of 10 million pounds of fruit from the waste-stream by 2015 as a result of its technology by trapping ethylene.

Hidden Video Released of Alleged Turkey Abuse at NC Butterball Facility

June 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Mercy For Animals | News | Comments

Butterball's hatchery in Raeford, N.C. processes more than 300,000 turkey poults per week. Mercy For Animals has turned over its underwater camera evidence to local law enforcement, which is currently considering criminal animal cruelty charges.

Coffee Production: How Too Many SKUs Can Drag Down Profits

May 30, 2014 8:45 am | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Strategic planning is especially critical for coffee producers to avoid this proliferation of SKUs. While you may not be able to anticipate all of your customers’ unique needs, your strategic plan can establish guidelines and processes to help manage requests. 

VIDEO: Millennials and Manufacturing

May 28, 2014 9:55 am | Videos | Comments

Did you know the average manufacturing worker earns over $77,000 annually? Young adults rated a manufacturer job only 5 out of 7 for career preferences, but over 80 percent of them believe that manufacturers are important to our standard of living. 

The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In such a fast-paced industry, it can be difficult to maintain accuracy. Automation can be very helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also be helpful in preventing costly mistakes, which can lead to product waste and recalls. 

Coding Unit for Bottle Serialization

May 22, 2014 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ACE-BT300 Coding & Verification Unit serializes bottles through its integrated system. The machine offers single-point adjustment for complete format changeovers. The multi-camera system helps verify 2D data matrices printed on each bottle.

High Meat Prices: A Breakdown

May 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

An associate professor at Kansas State University who's also an agricultural economist says beef and pork prices are at all-time highs — just in time for Memorial day. Still, consumers are still buying burgers and brats aplenty. He forecasts long-term prices too.

Growth & Profitability Solutions

May 13, 2014 3:02 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director of Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing at Infor | News | Comments

Over the last decade, many companies have been “making do” with what they had to in order to run their businesses. The stories of companies delaying capital investment and squeezing more years out of equipment than they were designed for have been told over and over again. More importantly, they have also continued to utilize outdated IT systems.

New Refrigerated Rail Service Connects Midwest, West Coast

May 12, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

The first refrigerated boxcar unit train connecting the Midwest and West Coast in over half a century could offer produce growers and meat and dairy producers the opportunity to distribute products more cost-effectively and within the same timeframes as trucking.

America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange | Articles | Comments

Patriotism aside, there are plenty of reasons to buy an American-made forklift, foremost of which is the high standards American forklift manufacturers are held to.               

Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

May/June 2014: M'm! M'm! Green

May 1, 2014 1:14 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Campbell Soup Company's Napoleon, Ohio, plant is one of the largest food manufacturing facilities in the United States. Natural gas, solar energy and a biodigestor help fuel the facility.

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