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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.

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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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3 Ways to Make Your Business Agile

January 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Stewart Florsheim | Articles | Comments

In every product company, bottlenecks occur that can delay the processing of an order, the production of goods, or perhaps delivery to a customer site. To understand where your organization could increase efficiency, first look to the areas where the entire process slows or even grinds to a halt.

Why Stainless Refrigerant Piping is a Better Investment than Carbon Steel

January 16, 2015 9:36 am | by Luke Facemyer, Director of Design, Stellar | Articles | Comments

When deciding on refrigerant piping for your food processing facility, you’re faced with two major options: carbon steel or stainless. While carbon steel, or black pipe, is the industry standard, stainless is a far better investment for your food manufacturing plant due to lifetime costs, maintenance and durability.

Safe, Compliant Ammonia Management Reduces Risk

January 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Michael J. Curato, P.E., Senior Vice President, Woodard & Curran | Articles | Comments

Most manufacturers of food and beverages have a common concern: the need to keep ingredients, processes and the final product cold. In most applications, the refrigerant of choice is anhydrous ammonia, but recent changes to OSHA’s enforcement approach have created new risks.

Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 9:55 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing robots aren’t typically the friendliest of fellows. That’s why Rethink Robotics introduced Baxter in 2012. Baxter is leading a new category of smart, collaborative robots designed to safely and intelligently work right next to people. 

How to Protect Your Facility Floor During Winter

January 13, 2015 1:10 pm | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

Rain, snow, ice, and ice melt can play havoc on a floor’s finish, and when this happens, they can also damage the floor itself. But there are ways to keep hard-surface floors clean, safe, and healthy during the winter.       

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Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 9:54 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc | Articles | Comments

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity. To make the most of the program and the equipment, be sure to include a few maintenance components to ensure the long-term health of any lift truck fleet.

Manufacturing Job Growth Up in 2014

January 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday.                          

How Choosing the Right Glove Can Ensure Food, Worker Safety

January 9, 2015 12:42 pm | by Sharon Ann Quinn, Ansell | Articles | Comments

Research shows that the classic approach of selecting hand protection through risk categories — mechanical, chemical and liquid protection — does not work for the food industry. It is, rather, the protection needs themselves that best determine the most suitable glove.

ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Omni-Channel: To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

January 6, 2015 9:10 am | by Diego Pantoja-Navajas | Articles | Comments

The truth is, there is no one solution for every company. While many traditional vendors would have a business conform their processes to fit the abilities of the solution, it’s important that companies choose solutions that can adapt to their business’ needs.

6 Critical Questions to Answer Before Moving APM Data to the Cloud

January 5, 2015 10:20 am | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The Cloud is providing new opportunities to leverage APM data so manufacturers can not only improve their plant performance, but also potentially offer new products and services. Still, many manufacturers are concerned about moving what is often considered proprietary and sensitive information from the plant floor into the Cloud.

Seven Reasons Stocking and Using OEM Replacement Parts Makes Financial and Operational Sense

December 23, 2014 8:15 am | by Corey Calla, Director, Lifecycle Support Team, Intelligrated | Articles | Comments

Distribution center and warehouse operators invest heavily in capital projects to satisfy growing customer demand, but often neglect to adopt a lifecycle strategy to realize the true value of that asset over its useful life.    

How Single Point Automatic Lubricators can Increase Productivity, Safety in the Food Industry

December 18, 2014 1:45 pm | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Kluber Lubrication North America | Articles | Comments

When it comes to enhancements in food safety from a lubricant perspective, previously unknown terms such as NSF H1 and CFIA have become commonplace. Now, food industry professionals have myriad options when choosing products that help achieve targeted levels of food safety for their facility.

8 Tips for Managing Moisture for Pest Prevention in Food Facilities

December 18, 2014 11:30 am | by Pat Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

Buildup of water and organic debris can contribute to pest problems in food facilities. Here are some essential tips for ensuring facilities and restaurants are cleaned properly.

3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking to Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 9:20 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency With Color Labeling

December 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

Retailers continue to put pressure on manufacturers to escalate production efficiency in order to enhance customer service though faster shipping to stores or home deliveries and personalized products. Warehouses have expanded well beyond the traditional product fulfillment function.

Speeding Time to Implement MES With a Configurable Approach

December 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

As the software landscape has advanced, new technologies like Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and IoT are facilitating easier open integration and increased digitization of information. In addition, solution providers have also begun to tailor applications to better fit the needs of today’s manufacturers.

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