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Salmonella Detection System

June 6, 2014 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

 Salmonella express system is for the detection of Salmonella in raw ground beef, cooked breaded chicken nuggets, raw ground chicken, raw ground pork, pasteurized liquid whole egg, fresh shrimp, fresh spinach, dry pet food and stainless steel. 

Food Expo to Exhibit Color Monitoring System

June 6, 2014 8:30 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

The Food Expo 2014, scheduled for June 22-24 in New Orleans, is a leading trade show for new products and technology developments in the food industry, bringing together more than 18,000 of the world's top food science and technology professionals. 

Teamsters Caution That Sysco, US Foods Merger Could Harm Competition

June 6, 2014 8:20 am | by PRNewswire, USNewswire | News | Comments

The Teamsters Union cautioned the Federal Trade Commission staff investigating Sysco's proposed acquisition of US Foods that a merger of the top two U.S. foodservice providers could limit competition and negatively affect consumers and food suppliers.

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Cyber Threats: Protecting Manufacturing Assets

June 5, 2014 2:30 pm | by Nina Vajda | Articles | Comments

The threat that cyberattacks pose to manufacturers can be seen in the plethora of counterfeit products that flood the global marketplace every year. Manufacturing companies must accept that if their product has value, it’s a target for cyber criminals.

Maryland Food Company Bought by TreeHouse Foods

June 5, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

TreeHouse Foods, based in Oakbrook, Ill., is acquiring Protenergy Natural Foods in Maryland for $150 million. TreeHouse plans to invest $6 million to purchase new equipment and increase the plant's capacity. The expansion is expected to create 35 new jobs.

Cargill Reports on Sustainable Global Cocoa Journey

June 5, 2014 11:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cargill released its first global progress report on its activities to support cocoa farmers, communities and the development of a sustainable global cocoa supply chain. The report highlights the progress the company has made since its work began a decade ago.

Packaging Film

June 5, 2014 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Product is designed for use as the inside sealant web for the packaging of bakery items, salty snacks, cookies, crackers, granola, fruit and nut mixes and confections.

Autoloading Slicing System

June 5, 2014 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The belt-loading systems included in the technology fully support product portions throughout the transfer and loading process ensuring consistent performance. The system makes the final correction to each row alignment just prior to packager to ensure product placement is precise. 

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UV Leak Detection Lamp

June 5, 2014 9:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Multi-LED, broad-beam UV leak detection lamp pinpoints fluid leaks in a wide range of industrial systems, such as hydraulic equipment, compressors, engines, gearboxes, fuel systems and more. Product features three ultra-hi-flux UV LEDs for fluorescent leak detection, plus a white light LED for general component inspection in dimly lit areas.

American Manufacturing: Can it Be Revived?

June 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Articles | Comments

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturers that need to be addressed with action.

Hidden Video Released of Alleged Turkey Abuse at NC Butterball Facility

June 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Mercy For Animals | News | Comments

Butterball's hatchery in Raeford, N.C. processes more than 300,000 turkey poults per week. Mercy For Animals has turned over its underwater camera evidence to local law enforcement, which is currently considering criminal animal cruelty charges.

Jack Keough on Starting Your Own Business

June 4, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

More people are taking the plunge to start their own business despite the slow economy, according to a report.  More than eight in 10 U.S. small-business owners say they would still become a small-business owner if they had to do it over again. 

4 Hawaii Farms Settle Thai Workers Discrimination Suit for $2.4M

June 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four Hawaii farms, Mac Farms, Kelena Farms, Captain Cook Coffee Co. and Kauai Coffee Co., are settling a discrimination lawsuit for a total of $2.4 million over allegations that they exploited hundreds of Thai workers. The lawsuit was filed in 2011.

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HMI Panels

June 4, 2014 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

These rugged IP65-rated touchscreen HMI panels feature a single-surface screen with widescreen format, an aluminum chassis housing, and premium configuration and screen building software as standard features.

Rotary Chamber Machine

June 4, 2014 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Product's patented constant temperature sealing system allows for the capability of sealing through the thickest bags, through contaminants, and through excessive folds and wrinkles. Using a micro-processor control and a 10 inch touch screen display, the product offers operation with pre-set storage capabilities.

Study: Hatcheries Can Disrupt Steelhead Trout Navigation

June 4, 2014 9:41 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists raised two sets of fish: one outside the hatchery with a natural magnetic field, and one inside the hatchery, with a distorted field. Fish raised outside oriented themselves to changes in the magnetic field, but fish raised in the hatcheries did not.

Yogurt Giant Chobani Lays Off Workers at Idaho Plant

June 4, 2014 9:19 am | News | Comments

Greek yogurt maker Chobani is laying off workers at its Idaho plant. Chief marketing and brand officer Peter McGuinness says the plant has hit its production target and is making shift changes. The layoffs include temporary workers, as well as regular workers.

ISM: Manufacturing on Target With Predictions

June 4, 2014 8:30 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 60th consecutive month, says the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

Software Integration With Hardware Crucial for Product Development

June 3, 2014 2:27 pm | by Kevin Prendeville, Accenture | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have difficulty integrating software with hardware in product development. Why does this integration matter? In a word, money. Research and development investments for high-tech companies can represent 20 percent of annual revenues.

Wearable Technology in the Manufacturing Workplace

June 3, 2014 8:30 am | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Kronos Incorporated | Articles | Comments

Many think that wearable technology may soon become a valuable tool in the manufacturing workplace. Wearable technology has the potential to transform manufacturing processes, improve productivity, increase efficiency, and even enhance employee engagement.

Consumer Trends: Survey Shows Increase in Automation

June 2, 2014 2:52 pm | by Control System Integrators Association | News | Comments

With the highest recorded monthly increase this year in U.S manufacturing, the automation industry is also experiencing an upswing. The survey shows that food and beverage, chemical, and oil and gas are reporting the highest increased activity.

10 Tips for Safe Use of Aerial Lifts

June 2, 2014 2:33 pm | by Terex Corporation | Articles | Comments

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for workers. These operating tips are critical steps that a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) operator can take to reduce the likelihood of a potential fall.   

PACK EXPO Brings Back The Processing Zone

May 30, 2014 12:29 pm | News | Comments

A recent study says 75 percent of manufacturers use robots at some point along their manufacturing line, including processing operations involving direct food contact. Use of robotics has more than tripled for some industries in the past five years.

Pantograph Reach Truck

May 30, 2014 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The reach truck combines advanced AC motor technology with vehicle software, optimizing performance and minimizing energy consumption.

Coffee Production: How Too Many SKUs Can Drag Down Profits

May 30, 2014 8:45 am | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Strategic planning is especially critical for coffee producers to avoid this proliferation of SKUs. While you may not be able to anticipate all of your customers’ unique needs, your strategic plan can establish guidelines and processes to help manage requests. 

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