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Wearables Gaining Popularity in Business

April 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Warehouses, manufacturing shop floors, and field maintenance sites already use smart glasses in some cases. Google Glass retreated from the public but has remade itself as a workplace tool. Smart glasses are being tested in warehouses and customer service as well.

April Automation Update

April 17, 2015 11:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There is a shift taking place in the manufacturing industry towards more advanced technologies...

How Production Loads in Your Food Processing Plant Affect Refrigeration Efficiency and Stability

April 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Michael Griffith, Lead Automation Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

When cooling loads change gradually, your refrigeration equipment and controls undergo gradual...

3D Printing and the Decentralized Industrial Revolution

April 16, 2015 1:35 pm | by Sukamal Banerjee | Articles | Comments

The world has advanced so much that science fiction is becoming a reality. This is abundantly...

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Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Don DeSimone | Articles | Comments

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 1:30 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

One vision of the future of industry could mean fewer workers, more machines and full automation. 

KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of its fruit and nut bars as "healthy"- because they do not meet federal standards.

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Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California using a long-expired permit.

3D Printing 'Will Bring Mass Customization'

April 15, 2015 9:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

3D printing pioneers say their technology can return us to our pre-industrial roots, where customized designs trump mass production.

Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

Report: Nestlé Expected to Sell Frozen Foods Unit

April 15, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Swiss multinational Nestlé is reportedly close to an agreement that would sell its Davigel frozen foods unit to Brakes Group.

Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 1:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The big question for manufacturers is — is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits available? Craig Anderson, PFI’s strategic accounts manager, walk through the top five considerations you shouldn’t be going without. 

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Study: College Educations Drive US Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The study by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce said although the percentage of manufacturing jobs plummeted from 40 percent to 10 percent of all U.S. jobs since the end of World War II, output in those jobs climbed from $100,000 per person to $300,000.

MillerCoors to Open 2nd Small Blue Moon Brewery in Denver

April 14, 2015 8:45 am | by Blue Moon Brewing Company | News | Comments

MillerCoors is building a second small brewery in Denver for its Blue Moon Belgian-style wheat beer. The brewery will develop and test new Blue Moon recipes and also include a tasting room and outdoor space for events.

Wisconsin Records 1st Outbreak of Dangerous Bird Flu Strain

April 13, 2015 12:25 pm | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of a dangerous bird flu strain that has struck several other Midwest states, including Minnesota and South Dakota.

VIDEO: Could These Robots Re-Invent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 9:20 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 13, 2015 9:00 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

Being in a supervisory role doesn't make someone an effective supervisor. They have to develop their skills as a supervisor the same way they learn any craft.

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How Cloud Enables and Supports the Lean Warehouse

April 10, 2015 1:40 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems at NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Why be lean? Today’s market for products and materials is customer-centric. Companies need to be able to quickly refocus their supply chain operations in anticipation of or in response to changes in customer purchasing preferences. 

Vendor Management a Key Component of Effective HACCP Plan

April 10, 2015 10:19 am | by Mandy VanHaitsma, Marketing Coordinator, Columbian Logistics Network | Articles | Comments

For a truly effective HACCP plan, companies must formalize vendor policies and communication with vital service partners.

Inspection Found No Issues at Blue Bell Oklahoma Plant

April 10, 2015 9:10 am | by DAVID WARREN, JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a "great job," according to a copy of the inspection report.

How 3D Printing is Complementing the Refrigeration Design Process

April 10, 2015 8:25 am | by Phillip Rowley, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Headlines have been hot with 3D printing news, toying with opinions on how the technology could affect the everyday consumer experience.

Embedded Technology Will Enable the IoT

April 9, 2015 3:30 pm | by Wayne Warren | Articles | Comments

There is no doubt that IoT represents a significant challenge for data management and analysis. And as the volume of data being generated grows exponentially, the problem can only become more acute.

Infographic: The State of Sustainable Manufacturing

April 9, 2015 2:45 pm | by IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think.

Bacardi to Lay Off 10 Percent of North American Workforce

April 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Bermudan spirits giant Bacardi indicated it would lay off about 10 percent of its employees in North America this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Pinnacle Foods Plans to Double Workforce at Illinois Factory

April 9, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey-based Pinnacle Foods Inc. has completed a $50 million expansion at its plant in the Fayette County town. On Wednesday company officials announced they were adding 90 jobs at the facility. That's more than twice the current 85 employees.

Did You Know That You Are in the Hardware Store Business?

April 9, 2015 9:40 am | by George Krauter | Articles | Comments

Consider the essential considerations that companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware chains must employ in order to maintain a profitable scenario. Now compare the situation in the many MRO store rooms. The word “store” is the operative word here, because the MRO storeroom is in fact a “store.”

Number of People Sickened by Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 8, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US.

Why Calibration Needs to be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well. And, regardless of who owns the software, it needs to be considered in your APM architecture.

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