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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.

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. 

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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. 

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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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Income Gap Widens as US Factories Close Down

June 17, 2014 8:40 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Globalization, automation and recession destroyed nearly 6 million US manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2009. Nationally, manufacturing declines accounted for 40 percent of the increase in joblessness from 2000-2011. And the middle class was hit hardest.

Condensation Squeegee

June 17, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Condensation squeegee is a patented system that safely removes and drains condensation from ceilings, pipes and ducts even while the production line is operational.

Cleaning Brushes

June 16, 2014 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

New cleaning brushes are designed for efficiency and functionality in food production, retail and municipal environments.

Report: Restoring the Middle Class With Manufacturing Jobs

June 16, 2014 10:00 am | by University of Virginia Miller Center | News | Comments

A University of Virginia Miller Center commission released a report of actionable ideas on creating manufacturing jobs, which have been an engine of middle-class employment throughout U.S. history. Board members said the goal is to produce quality employees.

Feet First: Best Practices to Ensure Safe Flooring

June 13, 2014 12:24 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. But just because flooring is constantly underfoot doesn't mean it’s also constantly top-of-mind. How can your company ensure safety through safe flooring?

Dry Brush

June 10, 2014 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The soft bristles are designed for brushing dry, fine particles, such as dust, flour, icing or sugar. It is also used as a dustpan brush on floors.

Wall Bracket

June 10, 2014 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

This wall bracket for tool storage is a flexible hanging bracket designed to extend tool life and improve hygiene in production, restaurant and kitchen, retail and municipal environments. Product has a 10kg load capacity. 

Ceiling Squeegee

June 9, 2014 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Condensation can pose several problems, including damaging corrosion of pipes. Condensation can also build up and drip down into the food processing system, threatening contamination of the end product.

RGF Environmental Attacks Airborne Plant Pathogenic Contaminants for Food Processors

June 9, 2014 8:51 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Studies have proven that airborne pathogenic contamination of food products at the processing level is a safety concern, and can be the major cause of microbiological contamination. Odors, air pollutants, smoke, mold, bacteria and viruses are all plant air issues.

Powder Against PEDv

June 6, 2014 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

This powder is a disinfectant proven to eliminate PEDv in controlled environments. Product is an EPA registered sanitizer that can either be dissolved in water and applied to the surfaces as a spray/foam, or the product can be used as a dry floor surface disinfectant applied to surfaces as a dry granule for slow release.

Semi-Hermetic Compressors

June 6, 2014 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new HG44e (4-cylinder) and HG88e (8-cylinder) compressors are equipped with the newly developed valve-plate technology, which enables greater refrigeration duty while operating with less power consumption.

Autoloading Slicing System

June 5, 2014 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The belt-loading systems included in the technology fully support product portions throughout the transfer and loading process ensuring consistent performance. The system makes the final correction to each row alignment just prior to packager to ensure product placement is precise. 

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