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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.

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 4

March 24, 2015 9:55 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the second installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-...

Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety...

March/April 2015: A Firm Grasp on its Craft

March 17, 2015 3:41 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Griffin Claw Brewing Company prides itself on producing beer with a mix of tradition and...

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Storage Bins

March 6, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

AkroBins can help control inventories, shorten assembly times and minimize parts handling.

5 Ways a Mobile Service App Increases Manufacturer Efficiency

March 3, 2015 3:10 pm | by Joanna Rottor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are increasingly taking advantage of the growing mobile ecosystem in order to stay ahead of the curve. Whether you’re performing safety inspections or tracking inventory across the plant, manually managing complex processes is no longer an option.

Food Compactor

February 27, 2015 7:57 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Food Compactor Systems are tailored to the specific needs of diverse processing requirements to handle food waste and byproducts.

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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 from four days to four hours? This was a reality for a plant I audited recently — all thanks to its digital PSM program. 

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" and "looking good," and when those drive you, you will never truly succeed.

Work Boots For Women

February 25, 2015 7:45 am | by KEEN Utility | Product Releases | Comments

A workhorse for women, the Detroit Low features a variety of performance and fit features combined with more feminine color ways and the iconic KEEN toe-bumper for a look that easily transitions from work to weekend.

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.

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.

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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 23, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The American oil industry has borne the brunt of thousands of layoffs in the wake of sliding crude prices. The country, however, remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as a whole stands to benefit from an oil market that has wreaked havoc on oil exporting nations.

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.

Removable Pest Barrier

February 19, 2015 9:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Night Guard Rodent-Proof Dock Leveler Sealers are designed to protect the small gap around dock levelers that otherwise creates an open invitation for small rodents. This product is ideal for food processors, storage facilities and food distribution centers.

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.

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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.

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.

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. 

LED Light Fixture

February 13, 2015 7:55 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

This powerful LED light produces 2334 lumens, operates from 12 or 24 volts DC and is available in a variety of configurations to allow tailoring to the specific requirements of various applications.

5 Ways High-Speed Doors Pay Off For Food Quality, Energy Savings

February 12, 2015 1:45 pm | by Michael Watkins, VP Marketing, Rytec High Performance Doors | Articles | Comments

No matter if food is frozen or fresh, keeping the operation cold throughout the product handling chain is important for maintaining quality and avoiding failures that threaten a company’s market reputation. Yet protecting product also requires making sure the plant wastes as little of the cold air it generates as possible.

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.

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. 

Industrial IoT in 2015: Sensors, Software and Breaking Down Barriers

February 10, 2015 2:25 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

This year is poised to be a big year for the industrial internet of things. As the number of manufacturers looking to capitalize on IoT efficiencies grows, so will the amount being invested in related equipment, platforms, components and systems.

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.

Engaging Millennials Through Customization, Curation

February 9, 2015 2:25 pm | by Ira Gleser | Blogs | Comments

Consumers can now create their own customized supply chains and design products to meet their particular health goals. This creates an interesting question for food retailers — how do you deliver this trend towards customization in a brick and mortar store?

Key Performance Indicators For the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 10:25 am | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an industry typified by countless unique processes and workflows. Because of this, assessing overall performance and efficiency is a complex task. Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions.

Jan/Feb 2015: Dried-And-True

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | Digital Editions | Comments

California-based Seawind Foods is a trusted producer and supplier of all-natural dehydrated fruits, vegetables and spices. To read this cover story, exclusive features on crisis management and factory fire risks, among other stories, please click on the image below. 

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