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Technological Advances in Food Processing Creates Regulatory Gaps

September 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Eric Esson, Rite-Hite, Machine Guarding National Sales Manager | Articles | Comments

New industrial safety regulations are always coming down the line and it’s critical that managers of food manufacturing and storage facilities keep up on the latest safety technologies available to match the right product to the right process.   

Survey: Milk Prices Top Concern of Northeastern Organic Dairy Farmers

September 5, 2014 1:30 pm | by Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station | News | Comments

This survey is the first to assess the educational needs of organic dairy farmers in the region. While this finding won’t come as news to dairy farmers, it may surprise organic milk consumers who pay considerably more for organic milk than conventional milk at the grocery store.

Eliminating Noxious Plant Odors Through Incineration

September 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Scott Baldwin and Joe Bove, PE, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

In food processing facilities, both the product and the method of cooking can lead to strong, often unpleasant, odors. There are several ways to address and control industrial air pollution.             

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Leaders Seek Manufacturing Revival

September 3, 2014 9:45 am | by RON BARTIZEK, (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader | News | Comments

Workers in Pennsylvania face a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can't find new hires with the skills they need. The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.

5 Tips For Manufacturers to Protect Against IP Theft

September 2, 2014 2:32 pm | by Salo Fajer | Articles | Comments

This may seem like a no-brainer, but despite all of the chatter in the C-Suite about cyber security, very few companies have meaningful data protection programs in place today.                    

VIDEO: Top 5 Solutions to Common Inventory Management Mistakes

August 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Fishbowl | Videos | Comments

As Fishbowl inventory management specialists have gone to different businesses to train them on the company's software, they have seen several common mistakes companies make in managing their warehouses. Here are the top 5 solutions to avoid making these inventory mistakes.

Three Keys to Great Warehouse Management

August 28, 2014 1:00 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Information is the key to running a successful warehouse. With an automated management solution in place, staying in sync ought to be as easy as opening an app on your smartphone or tablet. The results are greater efficiency, lower costs and improved revenue.

Is Burger King's 33-Year-Old CEO Paving the Way For Younger Execs?

August 27, 2014 7:45 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Is experience everything when choosing corporate leaders? As the trend of startup tech companies being run by more and more Millennials takes hold, that average age is dropping. But should age really matter in company leadership?     

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Stackable Tank

August 26, 2014 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

This stackable tank product line provides more efficient bulk storage and dispensing of lubes and other machine fluids, while maximizing valuable floor space and eliminating the need for 55 gallon drums.

Leak Detection System

August 21, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

PIVT leak detection system is ideal for packages that contain a brine or juice such as hot dogs, sliced luncheon meats and sausages.

Food Compactor Systems

August 20, 2014 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Food compactor systems are tailored to the specific needs of diverse processing requirements to handle food waste and byproducts.

Economic Development: What's in it for Food Manufacturers?

August 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Charles Ching, Economic Development Project Manager, City of Fairfield, Calif. | Articles | Comments

Fairfield officials see a bright road ahead for its food manufacturing cluster because of a business-friendly environment, available space to attract additional businesses and its impressive list of attributes, like its ample supply of water. 

USDA's New Poultry Inspections: Necessary or Problematic?

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

In a move that is said to result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year, the Obama Administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in half a century. But why are the USDA's new requirements so controversial?

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Shaft Grounding Ring Motor Repair Handbook

August 11, 2014 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The handbook explains how to diagnose electrical bearing damage caused by variable frequency drives (VFDs), also known as inverters. Ideal for plant maintenance personnel as well as motor repair shops.

How to Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 12:40 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.

Going Green: 3 Ways to Improve Sustainability in Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

In a world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations, it is still possible to save money and go green in your facilities. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just these three steps.

Energy Efficiency May be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP | Articles | Comments

Operational savings are a critical component of the food and beverage industry business model. By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.

2 Hurt in NJ Food Lab Explosions

August 4, 2014 8:54 am | by The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey | News | Comments

A New Jersey food laboratory experienced two explosions from a mechanical failure, leaving two employees injured. Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa produces ingredients that flavor foods. Workers had just started on a new recipe for eggnog when the blasts occurred.

Sanitizing Wipes

August 4, 2014 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Made with the cleansing and deodorizing power of vinegar, the wipes quickly and easily clean nonporous hard surfaces. The formula is free from ammonia and sulfate and is gentle on hands. 

5 Important Reasons to Keep Maintenance History

July 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment. Here are five major benefits to keeping track of maintenance. 

11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes to Inspire You

July 14, 2014 11:00 am | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich | Blogs | Comments

The concept of "lean manufacturing" can help companies become more competitive, reduce waste and even increase profits. To help you stay in the "lean" mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.  

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. 

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.

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