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Leak Detection System

August 21, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

PIVT leak detection system is ideal for packages that contain a brine or juice such as hot dogs, sliced luncheon meats and sausages.

Food Compactor Systems

August 20, 2014 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Food compactor systems are tailored to the specific needs of diverse processing requirements to handle food waste and byproducts.

Economic Development: What's in it for Food Manufacturers?

August 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Charles Ching, Economic Development Project Manager, City of Fairfield, Calif. | Articles | Comments

Fairfield officials see a bright road ahead for its food manufacturing cluster because of a business-friendly environment, available space to attract additional businesses and its impressive list of attributes, like its ample supply of water. 

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USDA's New Poultry Inspections: Necessary or Problematic?

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

In a move that is said to result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year, the Obama Administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in half a century. But why are the USDA's new requirements so controversial?

Shaft Grounding Ring Motor Repair Handbook

August 11, 2014 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The handbook explains how to diagnose electrical bearing damage caused by variable frequency drives (VFDs), also known as inverters. Ideal for plant maintenance personnel as well as motor repair shops.

How to Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 12:40 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

Going Green: 3 Ways to Improve Sustainability in Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

In a world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations, it is still possible to save money and go green in your facilities. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just these three steps.

Energy Efficiency May be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP | Articles | Comments

Operational savings are a critical component of the food and beverage industry business model. By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.

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2 Hurt in NJ Food Lab Explosions

August 4, 2014 8:54 am | by The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey | News | Comments

A New Jersey food laboratory experienced two explosions from a mechanical failure, leaving two employees injured. Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa produces ingredients that flavor foods. Workers had just started on a new recipe for eggnog when the blasts occurred.

Sanitizing Wipes

August 4, 2014 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Made with the cleansing and deodorizing power of vinegar, the wipes quickly and easily clean nonporous hard surfaces. The formula is free from ammonia and sulfate and is gentle on hands. 

5 Important Reasons to Keep Maintenance History

July 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment. Here are five major benefits to keeping track of maintenance. 

11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes to Inspire You

July 14, 2014 11:00 am | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich | Blogs | Comments

The concept of "lean manufacturing" can help companies become more competitive, reduce waste and even increase profits. To help you stay in the "lean" mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.  

July/August 2014: From Farm to Fromage

July 9, 2014 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of the-art facility to carry on a decades-long legacy of producing specialty goat cheese.

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For Mfgs., No Time Like the Present for Exchange Server Hosting

July 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Not all manufacturers can afford to set up and maintain their own Exchange Server. That’s why increasing numbers of manufacturing operations are making the switch to Exchange Server hosting. Hosted Exchange services typically include security, antivirus and anti-spam.

Starter Leak Detection Kit

July 7, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

This new starter kit is designed to pinpoint the exact source of all leaks in hydraulic equipment, compressors, engines, gearboxes and fuel systems. 

Using Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners in Your Facility

July 2, 2014 8:30 am | by Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers from the food, drug and automotive industries have discovered that industrial ultrasonic cleaning systems provide them with premium results over traditional cleaning methods. Here are five benefits industrial ultrasonic cleaners provide manufacturers.

The FDA, ConAgra, Coca-Cola Share Food Allergen Control Strategies

June 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

To clarify allergen-related policy and practices, industry experts from the FDA, Johns Hopkins University, ConAgra and the Coca-Cola Co. presented in a Food Safety Summit workshop, “Food Allergen Control Update,” at the Baltimore Convention Center. 

Why the Manufacturing Skills Gap is Serious

June 26, 2014 8:40 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth. How are educational institutions, government entities and businesses working to develop these skills?

Managing Idle Time to Improve Productivity

June 24, 2014 9:58 am | by Michael Harris | Articles | Comments

It is important to have a proper program for reporting and tracking both productive and non-productive aspects of operations. Looking for ways to remove idle time and eliminate bottlenecks requires diligence over time and a focus on continuous improvement.

Pink Color-Coded Products

June 24, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company has introduced pink to its collection of color-coded products for material handling, janitorial, safety, lab and processing applications. 

Thermal Imaging Camera

June 23, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

It's essential to carefully control the temperature of perishable goods throughout production, transportation, storage and sales. Company's imaging cameras are a a tool to make automated non-contact temperature measurements.

Explosion Proof String Lights

June 23, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion proof string lights have several lights hanging off a single gauge cord. The hand lamps come in 12 volts DC and 120 volts AC configurations.

How to Keep Birds at Bay in Food Facilities

June 19, 2014 8:45 am | by Shannon Sked, Manager Specialty Services, Western Pest Services & No Fly Zone | Articles | Comments

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, birds cause tens of millions of dollars in damage every year to machinery, automobiles, roofs and ventilation systems. Their droppings can expose your product to more than 60 dangerous diseases.

Improving On-the-Floor Maintenance with Mobile Devices

June 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Jeffrey Dalto | Blogs | Comments

One way mobile can help at work is as an aid to maintenance workers — by getting information where it’s needed and to the person who needs it, by allowing or improving communications over distances and by helping to ensure and track compliance. 

Deadly Sugar Plant Wasn't Inspected by OSHA

June 18, 2014 8:30 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has no record of ever inspecting Western Sugar Cooperative's beet-processing plant in Lovell before a woman died there in January. Anfesa Galaktionoff, 28, fell through a floor opening and into processing equipment.

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