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4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need to Invest in APM

March 4, 2015 3:00 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

 There is another group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence — regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace.

How Can the Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Amber Carpenter | Articles | Comments

The Internet is so common that we take it for granted. But what many people do not realize is,...

E-Commerce Shaping Material Handling in 2015

March 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Bob Liebe and Chris Capshaw, Division Presidents at Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more...

Case Study: Consolidating Frozen Storage to Optimize Growth and Logistics

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Power PR | Articles | Comments

Drive-in rack system helps Coloma Frozen Foods expand, cut costs and improve safety.

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Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 8:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River.

Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 8:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

During a media roundtable at the 2015 Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan sat down to discuss some recurring themes Grainger is seeing in the marketplace. Some of the topics Ryan says Grainger is focusing on most include...

5 Ways a Mobile Service App Increases Manufacturer Efficiency

March 3, 2015 3:10 pm | by Joanna Rottor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are increasingly taking advantage of the growing mobile ecosystem in order to stay ahead of the curve. Whether you’re performing safety inspections or tracking inventory across the plant, manually managing complex processes is no longer an option.

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Meat Distributor Sued After Worker Killed in Running Blender

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a cleaning worker who was killed when he fell into a running industrial meat blender at an Oregon plant is suing the meat distributor for $5 million. The lawsuit filed last week accused Interstate Meat Distributors of failing to follow safety procedures.

Q&A: Talking Food/Plant Safety and Security

March 3, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to correspond with George Gansner, Director, Marketing & Business Development, IFS Management, to discuss trends, topics and issues related to plant safety and security.

GMO Corn Spreads Reach Domestically; Is India Next?

March 3, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Genetically modified corn is steadily gaining prominence in the U.S. grain market, while China has lifted one of its ban on imports of modified seeds. Now, agribusiness companies also have high hopes for introducing modified corn in India.

US Manufacturing Slows as Output, Hiring Weaken

March 3, 2015 8:55 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly.

Veterans Help Bridge the Manufacturing Skills Gap

March 3, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Helping vets transition into the workforce is something that is near and dear to my heart, as my boyfriend will soon be getting out of the military after serving five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. They don't know where to start or how their military skills can translate into the workforce.

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree." The agency expects those jobs to grow by 17 percent through 2022 and that prospects for qualified applicants "should be very good.”

How Closed-Loop Systems Help Food Processors Save Water, Other Costs

March 2, 2015 8:25 am | by Al Fosco, Frigel North America | Articles | Comments

Here’s what to know about closed-loop systems and how they differ from cooling towers — along with tips for how to ensure the best return on the investment, which can include water efficiencies, cost savings and improved sustainability.

Gas Prices Lead to 'Positive Near-Term Economic Outlook'

February 27, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation anticipates modest economic growth in 2015, in large part due to the impact of lower gas prices on consumer spending.

Wisconsin Moves Closer to 'Right-to-Work' Status

February 27, 2015 9:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, moving the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment.

PepsiCo to Utilize E-Commerce For India Sales

February 27, 2015 8:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo is preparing a big push into India's burgeoning e-commerce market. The company plans to sell imported products exclusively through online platforms in the world's second-largest nation.

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Nebraska Meat Plant Closure to Cost 125 People Their Jobs

February 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Land O' Frost meat plant in West Point, Nebraska told its employees that production will continue into the second quarter of the year at the former Wimmer's plant, giving them time to find other jobs.

Flint Low Women's Boots

February 27, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

When the the temperature rises, look no further than the Flint Low for a cool women's work boot. Created with an outdoor-inspired, sporty design, the boot features waterproof leather with mesh inserts to improve breathability in hot temperatures.

How a Digital PSM Program Can Save You Time

February 26, 2015 3:55 pm | by Richard Boyd, Project Manager, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

What if I told you that your facility could shorten its process safety management (PSM) audit from four days to four hours? This was a reality for a plant I audited recently — all thanks to its digital PSM program. 

Farmers Turn to Robots as New Farm Hands

February 26, 2015 3:20 pm | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

With a growing produce demand and a shortage of farm workers, agricultural areas like Salinas Valley, California are tuning to technology investment programs like Thrive Accelerator to improve farming practices.

What's Going on With the Labor Unions of Today?

February 26, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Labor unions are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

First Lady: US Experiencing 'Culture Change' Around Food

February 26, 2015 1:10 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama says the U.S. has seen a "culture change" in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. The first lady says food companies are "racing like never before" to create and sell more nutritious food.

Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid on Factory

February 25, 2015 2:05 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory. 

EU Investigating Chocolate Merger Between Cargill, ADM

February 25, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices. Minnesota-based Cargill last fall announced plans to purchase ADM's global chocolate business for $440 million and merge the operation with Cargill's cocoa and chocolate division.

Nebraska Beef Processing Plant Proposed by Investors

February 25, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors said they have been meeting with officials from Gering and Bridgeport to discuss the cities as potential sites for the processing plant. The 170,000-square-foot facility could be a game changer for local economies when it opens in two years.

Why Manufacturers Need to do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications running on SAP platforms.

VIDEO: How Much Money is Tied Up in Your Inventory?

February 24, 2015 12:10 pm | by Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory. A lack of understanding on how quickly, or slowly, this inventory turns can result in a significant number of operating dollars being tied up at any given time.

Exploring the Re-Purposed FSMA Rules and Ways to Comply

February 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Dr. Jennifer McEntire, VP and Chief Science Officer | Articles | Comments

The FSMA represents the most sweeping reform in food safety laws in several decades. With the aim of preventing food safety incidents, the law lays out multiple requirements to ensure that good food safety controls and measures are established at every step of the food chain.

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