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Extended LEAN Best Practices

October 10, 2014 12:32 pm | by Eric Lail | Articles | Comments

With an Extended LEAN approach, companies examine the whole supply chain — both manufacturing and logistics — connect end-to-end value streams and use actionable intelligence to ensure a continuous adoption of change.   

October 2014: Oregon Trail Leads to Success

October 10, 2014 12:00 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Portland-based Bridgetown Natural Foods rides the snacking trend with its Gluten-Free, Organic, Kosher and B-Corporation certifications.  

5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Site For Your New Plant

October 10, 2014 11:10 am | by Jim Hale, Senior Civil Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

If your organization does, in fact, require an entirely new plant, here are five factors to consider that will help keep you on track during your site-selection process.                       

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 10, 2014 10:32 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Not only is the trade deficit possibly hurting manufacturing at home, but currency manipulation by foreign countries that the U.S. trades with could be making it worse.                      

More Than 200 Craft Brewers Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint

October 9, 2014 3:17 pm | by MicroStar Logistics | News | Comments

A new study finds more than 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013. The results will be used as a benchmark to help the industry further minimize its carbon footprint.  

Keep the Lean Going

October 9, 2014 8:24 am | by Mike Noonan, Joe Panebianco TBM Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

It can be tough to maintain the early excitement of a lean manufacturing initiative, especially when its champion moves on, or other, more pressing corporate priorities push it to the back burner. Fortunately, there are practical ways for leaders to keep the momentum going over the long haul.

High-Speed Camera

October 9, 2014 7:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The rising demands of industrial image processing for automization and quality assurance increasingly requires cameras with the highest possible resolution, very high frame rates and global shutter technology.

Cargill's Illinois Pork Plant Reaches 6 Million Work Hours With No Injuries

October 7, 2014 1:50 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

Cargill's pork processing facility in Beardstown, Illinois employs more than 2,000 workers and produces more than 1 billion pounds of pork annually. It was April 2013 when the most recent lost-time injury took place at the plant.     

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3 Lawsuits Pending, Whiskey-Maker Responds to Allegations

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Whiskey maker Templeton Rye has been under scrutiny after revealing they use a stock rye whiskey from an Indiana distillery before blending it with more ingredients in Iowa. At least three lawsuits claiming the company deceived customers are pending. 

5 Tips to Maximize Success With a Co-Packing Partner

October 7, 2014 10:08 am | by Sheila Heath, Marketing Manager, CROWN Specialty Packaging N.A. | Articles | Comments

A partnership with a co-packer is a great way to manage both long- and short-term projects. Having the right co-packing partner can make a huge difference in cost reduction and production efficiency. Here are five steps to help maximize success in your partnership. 

Sabra Dipping Opens Doors of Expanded Hummus Production Facility

October 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Sabra Dipping Company | News | Comments

One of America's best-selling hummus brands is doubling production capacity in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The 118,000 square foot expansion is expected to add 70 jobs by next year.                   

Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu For Your Plant?

October 6, 2014 3:15 pm | by Mike Pantoleano | Blogs | Comments

Consumer mobile devices are proliferating in the commercial sector. But in the industrial sector, their use has been limited to remote diagnostics and maintenance visualization in SCADA solutions — so far.           

The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

October 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Blogs | Comments

Workplace deaths are rarely “accidental” — they don’t occur because of chance or randomness. Instead, they are almost always preventable. With few exceptions, OSHA investigations find workers were killed as a result of decisions made by employers not to protect them from obvious dangers.

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Packaging Tips For Candy, Confectionery Companies

October 6, 2014 10:59 am | by Videojet Technologies | News | Comments

Candy and confectionery packagers should consider Thermal Transfer Overprinting (TTO) technology for its ability to meet the unique code and data requirements of their particular products.                 

Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 10:44 am | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

Smart devices create smart production lines, enabling a significant level of manufacturing agility that makes it possible to connect customer needs with a company’s ability to deliver a product. Manufacturers must be better able to adapt quickly to consumer preferences.

Infographic: Why Sustainability Makes Better Business Sense

October 6, 2014 10:19 am | by Grant Thornton | News | Comments

Sustainability is no longer a buzzword. It's a way of doing business for many companies, especially those in the natural-resource dependent food and beverage industry.                       

How to Keep Rodents From Entering Your Food Facility This Fall

October 6, 2014 10:06 am | by John Kane, B.C.E., Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services | Articles | Comments

In addition to negatively affecting your audit score — pest control can account for up to 20 percent of your third-party audit — rodents can damage or contaminate inventory and products, resulting in disposal and even rejected shipments.   

Improve Loading Dock Safety: 6 Key Tips

October 3, 2014 2:52 pm | by Brad Poulter | Articles | Comments

You do not want to lose production time due to an inefficient loading dock. You also cannot sacrifice safety for speed. Follow these loading dock safety tips to keep your dock safe and your products moving efficiently.        

Manufacturing Day Gains Momentum Across the US

October 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

As part of the third-annual Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country are opening their doors and displaying the exciting, technology-driven operations that make manufacturing among the most rewarding career options available.

5 Things Every Distributor Should Consider by 2015

October 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Brad Poulter | Articles | Comments

From a changing global economy and a shift away from outsourcing to newer technologies and consumer demands, distributors have their work cut out if they want to keep ahead of trends. Here are five bits of wisdom that can pay off for distributors looking to the future.

Bel Brands Plant Part of SD Dairy Push

October 3, 2014 9:30 am | by CARSON WALKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The opening of the Bel Brands USA plant in Brookings, South Dakota is part of a decades-long effort to make the state a major player in dairy products. Bel Brands said its 250 employees will produce 1.5 million Mini Babybel cheese wheels a day when the $140 million operation is at capacity next year.

ISM: Manufacturing Set For a Strong Q4

October 3, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Bulk Bag Discharger

October 3, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Patented system designed for discharging dehydrated vegetables. Unit features the exclusive Flo-Master bulk bag massaging system to promote material flow. 

Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 2:26 pm | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

Real-time data is critical, and it positions the IoT as a significant enabler of gleaning vivid insight into real-time production performance and some really interesting new revenue opportunities.                  

McKee Foods to Create 54 Jobs With $34M Expansion

October 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McKee Foods Corporation is planning a $34 million expansion of its manufacturing plant in August County. The expansion is said to create 54 jobs. The plant currently employs more than 1,000 workers.              

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