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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.              

Lean and Food Safety Certification Go Hand in Hand

October 2, 2014 9:34 am | by George Gansner, IFS Management GmbH and Steve Weise, TBM Consulting Group, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Most food manufacturers and suppliers have two completely separate operational excellence initiatives. By uniting these two efforts, food safety programs can provide customers with certification assurances while building a culture of process discipline, continuous improvement and employee engagement.

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Food-Grade Spray Lubricant

October 2, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

 Non-Toxic Food Grade Spray Lubricant is ideal for bearings, slide ways, conveyors, cams, hinges and other locations that see repeated use.

Innovation Vertigo

October 1, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point | Blogs | Comments

A new report praises early adoption of technologies like cloud computing as the quickest path to business success. However, in industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in adopting new technologies and transforming old business models.

General Mills to Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 8:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minneapolis company that owns Betty Crocker and Green Giant brands said in a regulatory filing that the 700 to 800 job cuts will take place mostly in the U.S. This is the second time General Mills has trimmed its workforce in a month.  

8 Tips for Maintenance Efficiency

September 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by Scott McNeill, Director of Operations, TPC Wire & Cable Corp. | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.

HoneyBaked Ham to Hire 10K Employees

September 30, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HoneyBaked is already gearing up for the holiday season. The company is preparing for the annual rush on its signature Honey Baked Hams, Turkey Breasts and other products by providing part-time jobs for more than 10,000 people.     

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Reiser Honors Ruiz Foods' 50 Years by Gifting Vemag DP3

September 29, 2014 3:00 pm | by Reiser | News | Comments

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Ruiz Foods, Reiser participated in the celebration in Denison, Texas by gifting them a Vemag DP3. Ruiz Foods purchased their 100th Vemag earlier this year, and Reiser made good on their promise of "Buy 100 Vemags and then get one free."

8 Steps in Water Treatment to Protect Your Products and Equipment

September 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Marc Weaver, PE, LEED, AP and Taylor Wilson | Blogs | Comments

Whether you're designing a new food processing plant or upgrading an existing facility, determining necessary water treatment is a critical step in protecting and maintaining your plant's systems. Here are some steps to develop the most-effective water treatment program. 

How Cloud ERP Drives Rapid Growth

September 29, 2014 11:38 am | by Plex | News | Comments

Take part in the upcoming webinar: How Cloud ERP Drives Rapid Growth by Plex. The Wednesday, Oct. 1 conversation will focus on how to build a high-growth, value-added operation.                   

Hummus-Maker to Expand Va. Plant, Double Production Capacity

September 29, 2014 9:24 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sabra Dipping Co. is doubling its production capacity and creating 70 jobs in 2015 by expanding its Virginia operations. Sabra first opened its factory in 2010, making 4,000 tons of hummus monthly.              

North Dakota's Flour Mill to Become Largest Wheat-Grinding Factory in US

September 29, 2014 8:35 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota's state-owned flour mill is currently undergoing a $27 million expansion that will make it the largest wheat-grinding factory in the U.S. The mill's manager said the expansion is necessary to meet growing flour demand.     

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Load Cell Tester

September 29, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Company has introduced a tester that fills the niche of economical and versatile load cell testing equipment. 

10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Distractions in the Warehouse

September 26, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

When it comes to working in the warehouse, there are countless distractions. While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 3

September 26, 2014 1:00 pm | by Andrew Knowles, Sales Support/Applications Manager, JBT FoodTech | Articles | Comments

In part three of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in sanitation should food manufacturers be aware of and how do they aid in regulatory compliance, as well as boosting consumer confidence?             

Police: Woman Beheaded at Oklahoma Food Processing Plant

September 26, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma police say that a man recently fired from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by the owner of the company.      

Sanitizers/Disinfectants

September 26, 2014 7:58 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This series of sanitizers/disinfectants, with its combination of indirect food contact sanitization and general disinfection claims, can help to combat foodborne diseases.

Brown-Forman Announces Whiskey Row Project

September 25, 2014 3:45 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company revealed its plans to invest about $30 million to transform two historic buildings into the production facility and tourist attraction along a stretch of downtown Louisville that was known as "Whiskey Row" from the city's liquor-making heyday.

Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

September 25, 2014 1:51 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year. Given these numbers, electrical accidents are among the top causes of job-related fatalities in the U.S. workplace.

How to Swab For Bacterial Contamination in Your Brewery

September 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Puritan Medical Products | Blogs | Comments

Sanitation is essential to producing the best product possible, and as Oktoberfest approaches, more and more small-scale breweries are ramping up their production, and thus, their sanitation procedures.

Brainstorm: Innovations in Sanitation Pt. 1

September 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar | Articles | Comments

In part one of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in sanitation should food manufacturers be aware of and how do they aid in regulatory compliance, as well as boosting consumer confidence?             

4 Ways to Increase Manufacturing

September 22, 2014 12:52 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 and need to be engaged with at every step.

Maine's Oldest Chocolatier Under New Ownership

September 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Erin Collins of Freeport this week took over 99-year-old Haven's Candies in Westbrook, which counts Intel and HBO among its customers. Haven's was founded in 1915 by Herbert Haven in Portland.                        

The Importance of Leadership, Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 8:04 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

While automation, IT and software solutions can play an important part of many Operational Excellence initiatives, in reality technology can only be as effective as the people and processes to which it supports.           

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