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Consumer Trends Continue to Evolve in 2015

January 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Technomic, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

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.

How Drones Are Flying Their Way Into the Food Industry

January 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Drone technology is already being used in various countries worldwide. With the possibility of...

New Video Examines Role of Technology in Raising Animals

January 23, 2015 3:15 pm | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

The use of modern technologies to raise animals has come under scrutiny in recent years as some...

VIDEO: How Technology Could End Illegal Fishing

January 23, 2015 11:30 am | by The Economist | Videos | Comments

There is a good chance that one in five fish sold in a store or served in a restaurant has been...

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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock Software | Articles | Comments

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.

World's Smartest Oven Knows What to Cook

January 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development Magazine | Articles | Comments

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. 

"Greening" the Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 12:45 pm | by Monica Gomez | Articles | Comments

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. 

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Microsoft's Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

January 15, 2015 2:10 pm | by Sanjay Ravi | Articles | Comments

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. 

VIDEO: Is This the Healthiest App Yet?

January 14, 2015 2:45 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

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.       

Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 9:55 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

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. 

Can Manufacturing Learn a Lesson From Farm-to-Table?

January 14, 2015 8:00 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Blogs | Comments

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. 

Q&A: Communications on the Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

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.       

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Photo of the Day: 3D Systems and Hershey Team Up

January 8, 2015 8:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced the CocoJet, a chocolate 3D printer developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company.                                       

Omni-Channel: To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

January 6, 2015 9:10 am | by Diego Pantoja-Navajas | Articles | Comments

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.

6 Critical Questions to Answer Before Moving APM Data to the Cloud

January 5, 2015 10:20 am | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

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.

VIDEO: Top Food Innovators for 2014

December 30, 2014 9:15 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Take a look back and catch up with some of the top food innovators of 2014.                            

The Future of Agriculture? Indoor Farms Powered by LEDs

December 22, 2014 10:05 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

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.  

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VIDEO: 3-D Printer Dishes up Expertly Crafted Eats

December 22, 2014 8:55 am | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

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.              

Hershey Unveils World’s First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit

December 19, 2014 10:30 am | by The Hershey Company | News | Comments

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.

OEE Gets a Boost from the Industrial Internet

December 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

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’.

3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking to Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 9:20 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

7 Tips For Bridging the Digital Gap

December 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

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.

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency With Color Labeling

December 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

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.

Speeding Time to Implement MES With a Configurable Approach

December 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

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.

Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is Too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

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.           

6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

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.

5 Tips For Remaining Discreet in the Digital World

December 15, 2014 8:20 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics | Articles | Comments

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.

Meat Packing Software

December 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

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. 

VIDEO: How 3D Printing Will Impact the Future of Food

December 11, 2014 1:45 pm | by IFTlive | Videos | Comments

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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