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The Next Decade Will Make or Break Food Industry Companies

May 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Technomic, Inc. | News | Comments

Today's major foodservice and retail food brands, along with their suppliers, face increasing challenges in recognizing and responding to ever-more-diverse consumers and their rapidly changing expectations. At the same time, companies must remake their businesses to leverage emerging channels and technology platforms.

Lean and Green: Not Just For Your Diet Anymore

May 5, 2015 11:15 am | by Travis Mai, eCommerce Sales and Training Manager, CURT Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

One of the primary objectives of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste. Since reducing waste is...

Robots Handle Specific Manufacturing Tasks at Iowa Facility

May 4, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald | News | Comments

Randy Schofield, who serves as director of Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Innovation Center at...

Q&A: How to Properly Address a Food Recall

May 4, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Outbreaks of listeria, a foodborne illness that can be fatal, have been showing up in the news...

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From Farm to Fork and Back Again: Traceability Could Save Your Company

May 1, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

During an educational seminar at the Food Safety Summit, food lawyer Shawn Stevens said although an employee may care about traceability, if the owner, upper management, suppliers and the customers don't care -- it's not going to get you too far.

The Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Analytics

May 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

Predictive Maintenance Analytics is going to transform the manufacturing industry by optimizing costs, delivering new efficiencies, creating new revenue opportunities, and increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

H1 Quinplex Food Machinery Lubricant

May 1, 2015 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

LE’s H1 Quinplex® Food Machinery Lubricant (4025) is an NLGI grade 2 semi-synthetic grease suitable for a broad operating temperature range. Formulated with high-viscosity pure food grade base oil, it is NSF H1 registered for incidental food contact, and is certified Kosher Pareve and Halal.

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3 Ways to Determine the Fitness of Your Refrigeration Compressor

April 30, 2015 12:05 pm | by Mike Horst, Division Manager, Stellar | Articles | Comments

At one time or another, all food processors and beverage manufacturers will be in the market for a refrigeration compressor rebuild or replacement. Because the compressor and its bearings will deteriorate over time, staying on top of its performance is crucial to avoiding a catastrophic failure.

Departmental Cooperation For Food Safety Success

April 29, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

“As leaders, there is nothing more important in our industry than building relationships,” Donnie Temperley, VP of Operations at Hormel Foods Corporation, said during the 2015 Food Safety Summit keynote address.

Could Your Supply Chain be the Weakest Link in Risk Management?

April 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by Steve Durbin, Managing Director of the Information Security Forum | Articles | Comments

To address information risk in the supply chain, organizations should adopt strong, scalable and repeatable processes — obtaining assurance proportionate to the risk faced.

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.

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 software and are beginning to evaluate their options, we offer four key questions you should ask as you conduct research and enter into discussions with possible providers.

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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. 

Manufacturers Are Looking to the Cloud

April 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers know that in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution.

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

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.

Wearables Gaining Popularity in Business

April 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Warehouses, manufacturing shop floors, and field maintenance sites already use smart glasses in some cases. Google Glass retreated from the public but has remade itself as a workplace tool. Smart glasses are being tested in warehouses and customer service as well.

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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. 

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.

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. 

3D Printing 'Will Bring Mass Customization'

April 15, 2015 9:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

3D printing pioneers say their technology can return us to our pre-industrial roots, where customized designs trump mass production.

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. 

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. 

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.

The Importance of Resin Flooring within the Safe Design of a Food Processing Facility

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete | Articles | Comments

Food safety is critical for consumer confidence and the hygienic design of food processing facilities is vital to the production of safe food and beverage products.

How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

Four-Foot 28 Watt LED Light Bulb

March 25, 2015 6:00 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDT8-28W-V1 28 watt T-series LED bulb from Larson Electronics works with any T8 fluorescent light fixture, can be configured for any T series fluorescent light fixture and requires no ballast for operation.

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