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US Factory Output Rebounded in May

June 19, 2014 8:20 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output rose in May after in shrinking in April, led by greater production of autos, computers and furniture. The gains show that Americans, buoyed by steady job gains, are buying more cars while businesses are ordering more machinery and goods.

Improving On-the-Floor Maintenance with Mobile Devices

June 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Jeffrey Dalto | Blogs | Comments

One way mobile can help at work is as an aid to maintenance workers — by getting information where it’s needed and to the person who needs it, by allowing or improving communications over distances and by helping to ensure and track compliance. 

Missouri Sues Tyson Foods Over Fish Kill

June 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by CHRIS BLANK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods Inc., seeking civil penalties and compensation for the state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.     

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Former Hostess Plant in Maine Up For Sale

June 18, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The former Hostess Brands bakery plant in Biddeford, Maine is for sale for $8.45 million. Flower Foods acquired the bakery last year after Hostess filed for bankruptcy and laid off 370 employees. The company is selling the plant and eight other bakeries in the US.

Obama Vows to Build Up American Manufacturing

June 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Surrounded by an array of gadgets and high tech equipment, President Barack Obama pledged to boost American manufacturing and to give entrepreneurs greater access to production tools that would help bring their ideas to fruition.     

Chinese Dog-Eaters Dodge Activists with Early Feast

June 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Participants of the annual summer solstice festival in Yulin, where thousands of dogs are slaughtered for food, have held their feasts early to avoid attention from animal rights activists. Under Yulin tradition, eating dog on the solstice keeps them healthy.

Photo: Walmart China Invests in Food Safety

June 18, 2014 10:50 am | News | Comments

Walmart China announced that the company will significantly increase its investment in food safety in upcoming years. The announcement was made to kick off China's National Food Safety Week, with the launch of the campaign, "Food Safety: We all have a role to play."

Deadly Sugar Plant Wasn't Inspected by OSHA

June 18, 2014 8:30 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has no record of ever inspecting Western Sugar Cooperative's beet-processing plant in Lovell before a woman died there in January. Anfesa Galaktionoff, 28, fell through a floor opening and into processing equipment.

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VIDEO: Robotically Milked Cows

June 18, 2014 8:20 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Farm automation, already popular in Europe, is starting to catch on in the U.S. The old-fashioned farm hand is being replaced by a set of high-tech robots that clean, feed and milk dairy cows. Farmers can take a break by letting a fleet of robots do the dirty work.

Patent Infringement: How to Avoid a Nightmare

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by William H. Honaker, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC | Articles | Comments

Nothing crushes your hopes more than receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a very upset patent owner after your great success of what you thought was a new product launch. Attorney Bill Honaker explains five ways to avoid the nightmare of patent infringement.

Vibration-Immune Weighing

June 18, 2014 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's smart force transducer digital load cells incorporate exclusive filtering algorithms that continuously identify and extract spurious weight readings from the weight measurement, even in secure process environments. 

IMF Lowers US Economic Growth Estimate

June 17, 2014 10:40 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund foresees the U.S. economy growing a modest 2 percent this year, below its previous estimate of 2.7 percent. A brutal winter and a slowing housing recovery caused the economy to shrink during the first three months of 2014.

Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 17, 2014 10:15 am | Articles | Comments

If your workforce storage areas are not safe and secure or if your product inventory is extremely unorganized, you're not alone. Learning new ways to keep productivity moving can help with the large amount of products being manufactured on the floor. 

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Income Gap Widens as US Factories Close Down

June 17, 2014 8:40 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Globalization, automation and recession destroyed nearly 6 million US manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2009. Nationally, manufacturing declines accounted for 40 percent of the increase in joblessness from 2000-2011. And the middle class was hit hardest.

Four Manufacturing Software Applications to Support Operational Agility

June 17, 2014 8:40 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Chances are, an increased rate of production response to changes in supply and demand is high on your operational wish-list. When it comes to agility, there's no such thing as too fast. Here are four software applications that support operational agility.

Sanitary Receivers

June 17, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

New series of sanitary receivers convey difficult powders in applications that require a high level of sanitary design and frequent cleaning.

Four Reasons You Won’t Retire as Soon as You Think

June 16, 2014 2:13 pm | by Martin Smith, sustainable business professional | Articles | Comments

Lifestyle changes, new technologies and evolving industries mean that the younger you are now, the older your age of retirement. When are you likely to retire?  Here are a few of the influences leading to longer lasting employment for America’s workforce.

Report: Restoring the Middle Class With Manufacturing Jobs

June 16, 2014 10:00 am | by University of Virginia Miller Center | News | Comments

A University of Virginia Miller Center commission released a report of actionable ideas on creating manufacturing jobs, which have been an engine of middle-class employment throughout U.S. history. Board members said the goal is to produce quality employees.

Baltimore Cow Escapes From Slaughterhouse, Gets Shot by Police

June 16, 2014 8:15 am | by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Friday the 13th was not a good day for this cow, as its trip to the city ended quickly. A Baltimore cow, which police believe escaped from a slaughterhouse, was "increasingly aggressive" and was eventually shot to death after officers made several attempts to trap it.

Healthier Eating Requires a New IT Diet

June 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

Consumers are moving to less processed products with cleaner labels, which means that manufacturers are dealing with products that have much shorter shelf lives. If it hasn't already, will your company be ready to make the switch to shorter shelf life products?

Smart Weight Belt Feeder

June 16, 2014 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The smart weight belt feeder features a primary weigh bridge and offers an optional secondary weigh bridge that provides continuous online auto tare, reducing maintenance, frequency of calibration and improving long term stability.

China Activates Damage Control After Milk Scandal

June 13, 2014 11:20 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's plans to build up large producers of infant formula call for creating 10 producers by next year. China's dairies have been struggling since a 2008 scandal over tainted formula that killed several babies and prompted parents to switch to imported brands.

Canadian Food Institute Lays Groundwork for Innovation

June 13, 2014 11:06 am | by Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute | News | Comments

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute released several reports about supporting innovation and creating new opportunities for food manufacturers, as part of its final series of work about the competitiveness of Canada's largest manufacturing sector.

Sanitary Filter Receiver

June 13, 2014 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

New sanitary filter receiver is specifically designed for stringent food applications requiring quick clean-out and to reduce food contaminants and the cross contamination of allergens. 

Rotary Valve

June 13, 2014 9:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

New rotary valve is engineered for heavy duty industrial service and high volumetric efficiency at up to 1.0 bar, or 15 PSI, pressure differential.

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