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Brainstorm: Manufacturing Pt. 2

December 3, 2014 9:25 am | by Bill L. Barrett, Sales/Marketing Manager, Gemco Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on critical issues. In this issue, we ask: how will the continuous and future integration of robots in manufacturing change the way we design and create?

ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 3, 2014 8:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

8 Reasons You Have Unmotivated Employees

December 2, 2014 2:10 pm | by HR Resource Force | Blogs | Comments

According to a recent poll, only 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work. If you want to entice your employees, incentives will only work when the individual places a high value on the allurement.        

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Q&A: Food Trends and Predictions For 2015

December 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Looking back on the year, the food industry has seen changes to the FSMA proposed rules, a rising number of food safety issues across the supply chain, and an increasing adoption of technology. We spoke with Keri Dawson about what she predicts for 2015. 

4 Ways Businesses Can Learn From US Army Safety Practices

December 1, 2014 3:41 pm | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader | Articles | Comments

Most business leaders would be startled to know that the US Army accident rate is nearly 9X lower than the accident rate for US industries. Just like any business, the Army on a daily basis repairs heavy machinery, operates logistics depots and conducts refueling operations.

Q&A: Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing?

November 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When starting a company, one of the most important decisions to make is whether to manufacture your product domestically or abroad. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Allen Klevens, the CEO and founder of Tooshlights, to discuss his choice to select a domestic manufacturer.

VIDEO: This 100 Year Old Turkey is Delicious

November 26, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Koch family farm is the turkey company in the United States that breeds turkeys with a 20th century ancestry. Duane Koch, COO of Koch's Turkey, says the specific breed of turkey is leaner and holds a unique taste that consumers enjoy, increasing sales rapidly.

Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 2

November 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

The Brainstrorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry. In the second installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

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Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving to the Left

November 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tobin McGregor | Articles | Comments

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right.                  

Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 25, 2014 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more companies are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices. The report defines sustainable manufacturing as “Using less energy and fewer resources to produce a product that is just as effective."

Mobile Processor Helps Washington Turkey Farmers

November 25, 2014 8:25 am | by TAD SOOTER, Kitsap Sun | News | Comments

A custom trailer which contains a mobile poultry processing unit is one of only a few of its kind in the state. A group of partners recently banded together to buy the $20,000 unit, and it's being offered for rent to members of the Western Washington Poultry Farmers Cooperative.

Protecting Workers and Your Business This Holiday Season

November 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Don DeSimone | Articles | Comments

Food manufacturers are gearing up for what is expected to be a robust holiday buying season in 2014. During this peak season, safety is sometimes relegated to the back of the pallet in the haste to fulfill orders. But it’s more important than ever to have safety strategies in place.

Handheld Readers For Traceability

November 25, 2014 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The DataMan 8600 Series of handheld direct part mark (DPM) barcode readers provide unparalleled barcode reading performance for manufacturers implementing part traceability programs.   

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Most US Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the government began tracking this data in 1987. That's a sharp turnaround from just after the recession, when as many as three-quarters of those out of work received help, a record high.

Are HEPA Filters the Most Valuable Choice for Your Plant?

November 21, 2014 11:30 am | by Don Stroud, Senior Design Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens, your plant’s air filters are crucial to preventing contamination and ensuring food safety. But when it comes to filtration, more isn’t necessarily better.

Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete | Articles | Comments

When operating a facility where heavy footfall and wheeled traffic are just part of the daily routine, maintaining clean and safe flooring can be an absolute nightmare. Here are five tips to help you prepare and protect your company’s floor while keeping costs down.

Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturers in recent years have put off acquiring new equipment and technology so they could conserve cash in preparation for the next economic curve ball. When it comes to the benefits of leasing equipment in the fourth quarter, there are still good reasons to acquire equipment before the year ends.

Manufacturing Related Student Enrollments Rise by 36 Percent

November 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

Manufacturers Resource Center is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region's career & technical schools. MRC led the "Skill Up" grant initiative to address the manufacturing skills gap. 

Carlsberg Becomes No. 2 in Greece With Olympic Brewery Takeover

November 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Carlsberg, a Danish company, said that the two breweries combined would hold a market share of about 29 percent in Greece. Carlsberg already fully owns the Mythos Brewery, Greece's third-largest.               

Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers to Build $100M Kansas Plant

November 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers, and a Chinese company say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas. The plant will produce up to 88,000 tons of milk powder a year.          

Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

VIDEO: Are Robots Replacing Jobs? Meet Baxter

November 18, 2014 9:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

From factory floors to warehouses and hospital floors, humans are increasingly finding themselves working alongside robots, and the impact of robots in the workforce are only expected to grow. Meet Baxter, the new face of manufacturing.   

US Producer Prices Rise 0.2 Percent in October

November 18, 2014 9:08 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork and electric power. The producer price index increased 0.2 percent in October from the previous month, the Labor Department said. 

One Mom's Mission to Encourage STEM Careers For Girls

November 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JOSEPH B. FREDERICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kelly Matthews is on a mission to get more girls interested in STEM. Her mission began at home with her 9-month-old daughter. Matthews reads books to her like "Rosie Revere, Engineer" and "HTML for Babies."            

7 Ways to Pest Proof Your Business During Rodent Awareness Week

November 18, 2014 8:00 am | by McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

The National Pest Management Association has declared this week Rodent Awareness Week as rodent populations continue to rise during the winter months. Learning to pest proof your business, especially those in the food industry and food supply chain, is essential.

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