It's difficult to anticipate the next shift in consumers' preferences and needs, but operators can count on one thing heading into 2015: Consumers will expect more from their brands, especially in the areas of technological amenities and food quality.
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Many industries, especially manufacturing, are discovering that business intelligence and more efficient use of large amounts of data help them become more agile and better equipped to respond to ever-changing markets. As a result, many companies have concluded that their legacy ERP systems are simply not up to the task, and these same companies are finding the ideal business solution in cloud-based ERP systems.
The aptly named MAID Oven knows what to cook, how to cook it, and will even learn your personal preferences and stream your favorite cooking show. The founders wanted everyone to be able to cook — a task that is harder for some than others.
Going “green” is not only good for the environment — it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company. According to environmental news website Clean Technica, there are two primary ways to be considered “green” in the manufacturing industry.
By now, most everyone is aware of the impact the Internet of Things (IoT) is having on the manufacturing industry. The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data — the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things.
Are you looking to get healthier this new year? There is a new app out that can help you do just that. It's called Bag IQ. The application can track and analyze quality, nutrition and the price of the food products you buy.
Manufacturing robots aren’t typically the friendliest of fellows. That’s why Rethink Robotics introduced Baxter in 2012. Baxter is leading a new category of smart, collaborative robots designed to safely and intelligently work right next to people.
For manufacturers to find the new competitive advantage, it will depend on social and environmental responsibility, and ultimately how to stand out with customization and added services for business viability. Manufacturers are — and must — change their mindset.
Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings.
3D Systems has announced the CocoJet, a chocolate 3D printer developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company.
The truth is, there is no one solution for every company. While many traditional vendors would have a business conform their processes to fit the abilities of the solution, it’s important that companies choose solutions that can adapt to their business’ needs.
The Cloud is providing new opportunities to leverage APM data so manufacturers can not only improve their plant performance, but also potentially offer new products and services. Still, many manufacturers are concerned about moving what is often considered proprietary and sensitive information from the plant floor into the Cloud.
Take a look back and catch up with some of the top food innovators of 2014.
A warehouse full of lettuce might not be the first place you would expect to find the next Industrial Revolution. But follow the LED lights and you’ll discover a glimpse of the future of agriculture — industrial-scale, indoor farming.
A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the 'Foodini', a 3D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa. Ben Gruber reports.
The Hershey Company, in partnership with 3D Systems, this week announced the December 19 debut of its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. The 3-D chocolate printer on display at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction is the most advanced model in operation today.
If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: a facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered ‘World Class’.
By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.
For manufacturers, digital technologies are creating new opportunities, but also new challenges. Social, mobile, analytics, and Cloud solutions can streamline production and speed time to market, enabling manufacturers to better customize and connect products to consumers.
Retailers continue to put pressure on manufacturers to escalate production efficiency in order to enhance customer service though faster shipping to stores or home deliveries and personalized products. Warehouses have expanded well beyond the traditional product fulfillment function.
As the software landscape has advanced, new technologies like Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and IoT are facilitating easier open integration and increased digitization of information. In addition, solution providers have also begun to tailor applications to better fit the needs of today’s manufacturers.
If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs, and long-term efficiency gains.
The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.
Privacy breaches are very real and can result in physical or intellectual theft, compromising both livelihoods and reputations. One such breach occurred in 2010 in Connecticut, when thieves cut through the roof of a warehouse and made off with millions of dollars in medications.
This Specialized Inventory Management with Barcode Accuracy, or SIMBA, is designed to provide food, meat and poultry processors the ability to process, label and track their products from receiving to shipping.
Hod Lipson, Ph.D., Director of Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University, talks about 3-D printing in conventional manufacturing and how it is creating new opportunities for food companies to create not only a variety of food products, but customizable ones, too.
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