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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. 

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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.

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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. 

Brainstorm: Pest Control Pt. 3

February 6, 2015 3:25 pm | by Dr. Zia Siddiqi, Director of Quality Systems, Orkin | Articles | Comments

In part three of three-part series, we ask: What are some steps food manufacturers should be taking during the winter months in order to get a head start on warm-weather pest prevention? This article originally ran in Food Manufacturing's Jan/Feb print issue.

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When Operational Performance and Financial Performance Measurement Collide

February 6, 2015 11:45 am | by Jack Moran | Articles | Comments

There are five approaches to costing that are most commonly found amongst manufacturers. Each of these approaches feature different data elements and calculations, so the costing information they generate about the exact same product, process or service differs.

Brainstorm: Pest Control Pt. 2

February 5, 2015 10:40 am | by Patricia Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

In part two of this three-part series, we ask: What are some steps food manufacturers should be taking during the winter months in order to get a head start on warm-weather pest prevention? This article originally ran in Food Manufacturing's Jan/Feb print issue.

How Businesses Can Fight Food Waste

February 5, 2015 8:00 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Research shows that proper packaging helps food last longer and lessens food waste. There are many ways manufacturers can help combat food waste while limiting the environmental impact of packaging. Here are three of the most important.

Brainstorm: Pest Control Pt. 1

February 4, 2015 11:20 am | by John Kane, Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services | Articles | Comments

In part one of this three-part series, we ask: What are some steps food manufacturers should be taking during the winter months in order to get a head start on warm-weather pest prevention? This article originally ran in Food Manufacturing's Jan/Feb print issue.

How to Achieve Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 4, 2015 10:05 am | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

No matter what type of business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

Infographic: Manufacturing 2015 Outlook

February 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

The experts have weighed in, and here's what we can expect to influence the manufacturing sector in 2015 and beyond, including topics like energy, employment, globalization, revenues, profitability, and more...           

How HARPC Affects Frozen Food Manufacturers

February 3, 2015 11:00 am | by Marc Masterson, IceMachinesPlus.com | Articles | Comments

Regulations on the food industry received a major overhaul when the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law. The key component of the plan for frozen food makers is to create and maintain a Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Control plan.

How CALGreen is Changing Up Design, Construction Practices

January 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Sonja Antunovic-Curcic, LEED® AP BD+C | Blogs | Comments

As a food manufacturer, you should understand that CALGreen is changing the way the building industry does business. To incorporate sustainability into building construction and design, California established the California Green Building Standards Code.

Cable Strap

January 26, 2015 3:15 pm | by Roxtec | Product Releases | Comments

The plastic-coated metal straps are used for quick, easy and safe fixation of cables in food manufacturing facilities. They are available in steel for both indoor and outdoor use, and are supplied in fixed lengths or rolls. 

Bird Flu Found at Foster Farms' Turkey Ranch in Central Calif.

January 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Hundreds of turkeys at a central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Federal officials say they found the commercial turkey flock at Foster Farms' Stanislaus County facility to be infected with the H5N8 strain. 

Food Industry Executives Should Look Out: The Gov't Might Come A 'Knocking

January 21, 2015 1:40 pm | by Angela T. Puentes-Leon, Marissel Descalzo, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt | Articles | Comments

The Government is using a new tool to attack companies and executives in the food industry — prison.  Food industry executives are appearing to be easy targets to the Government, resulting in several high profile criminal prosecutions in recent years.

Choosing the Right Fan For Your Food Processing Application

January 21, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Prom, Regional Sales Manager, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Industrial fans need to be constructed of quality materials for long life and durability. Nowhere is this more important than in meat processing facilities where fans are washed down on a daily basis. This is why it is important to choose the right fan for your food processing application.

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