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From Farm to Table: How Product Lifecycle Management Serves Up Your Chicken Sandwich

March 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by John Kelley, Vice President of Product Value Chain Strategy and Kerrie Jordan, Director of Product Value Chain Marketing, Oracle | Articles | Comments

Ever wonder how your lunch was made? How did that meal end up on the plate in front of you?  Given all the ingredients, equipment, data, processes and players involved, few can tell the whole story. But one type of enterprise software has recorded every detail –- product lifecycle management. 

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No.1

March 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the last installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-...

Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 26, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

This week, Rethink Robotics launched Sawyer, a new one-armed robot designed for high-precision...

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 4

March 24, 2015 9:55 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the second installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-...

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Revamping Your Supply Chain Networks

March 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bob Farrell | Articles | Comments

Now is the time for manufacturers to consider revamping how they track supply chain networks. Here are the top three reasons why.   

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 5

March 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Food Manufacturing is counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers. Today, we start with calibration functionality.

Xtreme Metal Detector

March 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The metal detector offers greater sensitivity with its multiple frequency range and vibration immunity. An integrated beacon and configurable inputs and outputs enable easy installation.

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Is Your Efficiency Tracking System Actually Efficient?

March 19, 2015 7:55 am | by Jack Payne, Vice President of Solution Consulting for Process Manufacturing, Aptean | Articles | Comments

Process manufacturers are under constant pressure to meet compliance, lower costs and maximize efficiency. All too often manufacturers, unfortunately, lack the tools needed to deliver on these goals, struggling to guess at the inefficiencies in what is typically a paper-driven and error-prone manual process.

The Latest Ingredient for Food & Beverage Manufacturing Efficiency – The Cloud

March 18, 2015 8:50 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

The food and beverage industry remains a highly competitive and fast-paced environment. Manufacturers must continue to invest in updated technology and processes or they will eventually fall behind. Deploying critical business applications in the cloud could be a viable solution for manufacturers to increase profitability and maintain growth, while still being cautious of underlying costs.

March/April 2015: A Firm Grasp on its Craft

March 17, 2015 3:41 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Griffin Claw Brewing Company prides itself on producing beer with a mix of tradition and technology at its Birmingham, Michigan facility. To read this cover story, exclusive features on robotics in the food plant and ways to introduce ... 

Re-Skilled Workers Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Life

March 11, 2015 2:00 pm | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi | Articles | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side.

How Robots Are Saving the Dairy Farm

March 10, 2015 2:50 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Today’s dairy farm is a far cry from what ads and movies would have you believe. Cows go to robotic milking stations on their own, where they are identified, milked, and sent back out to the barn until the next milking.

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5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 2

March 10, 2015 1:10 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

In order to deliver on customer expectations, distributors need to work even more collaboratively than previously with manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers so that everyone involved in the supply chain shares and has access to real-time customer and product information including inventory.

5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 1

March 10, 2015 9:40 am | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Distributors are having to quickly develop an e-commerce presence or risk losing potential business and customers. They can use these five trends to compete faster and smarter.    

Vermont Farms Use Cell Phones to Monitor Storage Conditions

March 9, 2015 10:05 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check the temperature and humidity. Now, some small-scale vegetable producers in Vermont are gaining access to remote monitoring by using their cell phones to provide updates.

Introducing the Food Quality Alliance: A Total Management Solution

March 6, 2015 3:35 pm | by Global ID Group | News | Comments

How would you like to have an all-in-one source for food safety testing, training and certification services, including GFSI, organic, kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO?

Harvest Automation: Robot Takeover

March 5, 2015 10:20 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Innovative minds are putting their efforts into making California's "Salad Bowl of the World" the tech future of farming! This area of California is beginning to rely more on innovation than ever before.

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Still Do Your Own Grocery Shopping? That is so Last Year

March 4, 2015 3:45 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Supermarket chains are doing a good job in their respective cities, but there are two services to watch if you are short on time and cash: Amazon Fresh and Instacart. 

Technology is Raising a High Bar For High-End Mixology

March 4, 2015 2:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Want that cocktail shaken, not stirred? How about centrifuged? These days, it's possible as high-tech tools shake things up behind the bar with a razzle-dazzle flair that could make even an old fashioned feel newfangled.

How Can the Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Amber Carpenter | Articles | Comments

The Internet is so common that we take it for granted. But what many people do not realize is, the potential impact of the Internet on plant operations is just as sweeping.

Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 8:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

During a media roundtable at the 2015 Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan sat down to discuss some recurring themes Grainger is seeing in the marketplace. Some of the topics Ryan says Grainger is focusing on most include...

5 Ways a Mobile Service App Increases Manufacturer Efficiency

March 3, 2015 3:10 pm | by Joanna Rottor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are increasingly taking advantage of the growing mobile ecosystem in order to stay ahead of the curve. Whether you’re performing safety inspections or tracking inventory across the plant, manually managing complex processes is no longer an option.

Amazon Wants to Put 3D Printers in Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 3:10 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The 3D printers would allow drivers to pop out products from right outside customers' homes in the same trucks already used to deliver other products.

Farmers Turn to Robots as New Farm Hands

February 26, 2015 3:20 pm | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

With a growing produce demand and a shortage of farm workers, agricultural areas like Salinas Valley, California are tuning to technology investment programs like Thrive Accelerator to improve farming practices.

Agriculture Secretary: Smartphones Could End Debate Over GMO Labeling

February 26, 2015 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone.

Why Manufacturers Need to do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications running on SAP platforms.

Q&A: The Changing Engineering and R&D Landscape

February 23, 2015 1:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Articles | Comments

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad.

Adopting Technology to Go Lean in 2015: The Right Choice For Small Manufacturers

February 20, 2015 1:45 pm | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.   

Photo of the Day: Doctors Say Health Apps Boost Care

February 20, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A decade ago, who would have thought that an application on your smart phone could be the trick to keep you healthy? Allowing your doctors access to your fitness trackers and health apps can provide them with the day-to-day information they need.

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