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5 Years After BP Oil Spill, How's the Seafood?

April 20, 2015 10:05 am | by WCTV | Videos | Comments

Today, April 20, marks five years since what has been described as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history; the BP oil spill. WCTV takes a look back at how the local fishing industry has recovered since then.

Blue Bell Working to Get Past Listeria Contamination Scare

April 20, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, but it will take a lot of work and a lot of money, experts said.

Kraft Mac and Cheese to Get a Healthy Makeover

April 20, 2015 9:15 am | by Kraft Foods Group | News | Comments

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese announced today that starting in January 2016, Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in the U.S. will no longer be made with artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.

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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 on the plant floor. However, implementing significant change — such as investing in automation — can be daunting. 

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 changes and your system remains stable and efficient. However, if rapid load fluctuations occur as a result of production or sanitation activities, many systems experience pressure or temperature fluctuations, which can cause sanitation and quality issues as well as increased energy usage.

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 clear in the manufacturing sector as technology moves from prototyping to tooling, to additive manufacturing commonly known as 3D printing.

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.

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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.

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. 

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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. 

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.

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.

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