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The Role of Cloud-Based ERP in Reshoring Manufacturing

October 21, 2014 4:20 pm | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock | Articles | Comments

The migration of manufacturing to offshore locations became a flood in the first decade of the 21st century as nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs left America for China and other Asian countries.               

3 Tips for Moving Operations Management to the Cloud

October 21, 2014 4:12 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

While moving manufacturing operations management to the Cloud may be the ultimate objective,...

Global Wine is the Subject of Online Course From Calif. Wine School

October 21, 2014 4:07 pm | by San Francisco Wine School | News | Comments

San Francisco Wine School announces the...

Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 21, 2014 11:20 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals...

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Can Paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant for IIE | Articles | Comments

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

A Holistic Approach to Loading Dock Safety, Security and Productivity

October 20, 2014 3:19 pm | by Troy Bergum, Rite-Hite Corporation | Articles | Comments

According to the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 100 workers are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts. Many of these accidents are related to turnovers or when a forklift operator drives off the dock.

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized 11 manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a ten-year span. 

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VIDEO: Ebola Impact's Nestle's Cocoa Supply

October 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke says the company might have to dip into its cocoa reserves to offset the impact of Ebola.                                       

As Yogurt's Named NY Snack, Plant Lays Off Workers

October 17, 2014 2:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An upstate New York yogurt company says it's laying off more than 30 workers, an announcement made just as yogurt became the state's official snack.                             

Once-Shuttered Pork Plant Ready to Expand Again

October 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rantoul Foods, an eastern Illinois pork processing plant, plans to build a 48,000 square-foot expansion. The facility closed in 2009 amid financial troubles and reponed in 2011 with 150 employees.               

The Generational Divide

October 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

How do the youngest crop of workers best learn from their more seasoned counterparts? How do these two groups use the same tools to drive results when one grew up with the internet and the other has spent 30 years keeping measurements in a notebook in their back pocket?

Top 50 'Most-Beloved' Brands of Millennials

October 16, 2014 1:30 pm | by Moosylvania | News | Comments

The latest rankings, based on panel studies of 1,500 Millennials — defined as aged 14 to 35 — not only ranks which Top 50 brands continue to earn Millennial love, but why these brands are connecting so strongly with them.        

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Automated Inspection Systems Ensure Quality and Safety

October 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection Group | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in January 2011, places the responsibility for food safety squarely on food producers, with requirements that will come into force as all portions of the Act are finalized and implemented. 

Peanut Industry Slow to Rebound Following Salmonella Outbreak

October 16, 2014 9:41 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peanut farmers are expected to bring in 6 million pounds less this year, according to forecasts released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That represents nearly a 30 percent drop in production in New Mexico from the year before.

Navigating the Challenge of Choosing ERP Software

October 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Disconnects are a major issue for many companies, and without an ERP system, they are almost inevitable. In the end, ERP may not be right for every company. However, an ERP system that matches a company’s size and product can streamline the manufacturing process.

Stomping Out Grape Disease One Vineyard at a Time

October 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by American Society for Microbiology 2014 meeting | News | Comments

Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar industry that includes raisins, juice, jam/jelly, fresh grapes, grape-seed extract and oil, vinegar and wine.

VIDEO: The Secret Behind Wisconsin Cheese

October 14, 2014 10:13 am | by PBS Food | Videos | Comments

PBS Food ventures north to the land of Cheeseheads to discover exactly what is so special about Wisconsin cheese. What they find is a fascinating mix of strategic farming, homogenized cultures and immigration politics.        

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Book Looks at Costs of Pork Production

October 13, 2014 3:33 pm | by JERRY HARKAVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the recession took hold six years ago and consumers stopped eating high on the hog, the giant meatpacker Hormel Foods began ratcheting up production to meet a surge in demand for Spam, its low-cost processed pork product in the familiar blue tins.

Oregon Trail Leads to Success

October 13, 2014 12:25 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

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

OSHA Launches Dialogue on Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

Hog Farms Rebound From Virus That Killed Millions of Piglets

October 13, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations, the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has waned. As pig numbers increase, steep prices on things like bacon should ease.            

5 Tips to Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 13, 2014 7:50 am | by Zurich Insurance Group | Articles | Comments

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), property losses at U.S. factories total nearly $1 billion each year. To help reduce these annual losses, Zurich recommends that manufacturing facilities make a commitment to the following five steps.

Compactor

October 13, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The industrial trash compactors are ideal for handling packaging materials, wooden skids, crates and process scraps in warehouses, transfer stations and large retail outlets, as well as heavy industrial and institutional uses. 

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.                       

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.

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