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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...

7 Tips For Bridging the Digital Gap

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

For manufacturers, digital technologies are...

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...

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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.

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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.

Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 11, 2014 11:30 am | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

Food manufacturers and distributors require lot tracking capabilities to provide detailed information on inventory, shipments, and expiration dates to help ensure FDA compliance and efficiently run operations in case of a recall.     

4 Ways to Better Manage Your Food Distribution Warehouse

December 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Warehousing can be a rather complex business and one area in which this is especially true is in the food distribution business.  Read on to discover four essential ways you can better manage your food distribution warehouse.  

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Food Service Firms Admit to Cheating US Military

December 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several foreign companies have pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for overcharging the U.S. military in connection with a contract to provide food and water to troops in Afghanistan. Documents say the privately held firms fraudulently inflated the price of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Is it Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 9, 2014 9:15 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

Sometimes the simple phrase of “going green” can seem overwhelming. After all, where do you start? Where can you see the most significant impact? There are many ways in which you can go green in your warehouse. Below are just a few ways you can get started.

Continuous Ink Jet Printer

December 9, 2014 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Building on the heritage of the i-Tech range, this highly resilient printer is designed for challenging production environments and comes wrapped in an IP55 marine grade stainless steel cabinet, with IP66 sealed electronics enclosure. 

McDonald's to Introduce 'Build-Your-Own' Burgers in 2015

December 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by CANDACE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

As sales continue to slide in the U.S., McDonald's plans to expand a test that lets people build their own burgers by tapping on a touchscreen to pick the bread, cheese and toppings they want. The "Create Your Taste" program is a departure for McDonald's, which was built to deliver food consistently, quickly and affordably.

Pizza Menu Picks Toppings For You by Tracking Eye Movements

December 8, 2014 8:20 am | by Rex Santus, Mashable | News | Comments

If we really do eat with our eyes first, then this new high-tech Pizza Hut menu might just be the future of ordering in restaurants. The chain is calling it the first "subconscious menu," and it acts as a stand-in for the paper menu you'd usually get when dining at a Pizza Hut. 

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Colbert: Fairlife Milk, For Those Who Want a Drink 'Just Short of Good'

December 5, 2014 12:35 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of the late-night show "The Colbert Report" is "so excited" about a new beverage scientifically and specifically engineered to make you feel like you're being healthy. What is it? Well, technically it's milk.       

Infographic: Smart Appliances & The Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 5, 2014 11:30 am | by Pennywell | News | Comments

From dishwashers with digital interfaces to smartphone apps that can manage entire home heating systems, this shift in home appliances means that the household of tomorrow will be drastically different to that of today. Enjoy this Infographic, courtesy of Pennywell.

VIDEO: Starbucks' New 'Willy Wonka' Of Coffee

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Making a bet that consumers want a unique experience and high-end, expensive coffee, Starbucks is opening a new Roastery in Seattle. CEO Howard Schultz gives Poppy Harlow a tour.                    

The 7 Deadly Sins of Compressed Air

December 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Wayne Perry, Technical Director, Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When putting together a compressed air system, temptation is all around you. You want the best system, but having the best doesn’t mean grabbing whatever looks good. Build a system that meets your needs not your wants.         

VIDEO: Looking Back at Food Science Achievements

December 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by IFTlive | News | Comments

The IFT travels back in time to showcase the most riveting achievements the food industry has seen. Looking ahead, the general public will be able to completely customize their products. From 3D printing to biotechnology, consumers are in for a treat in the years to come.

Portland Customers Can Now Order Starbucks Via Mobile

December 4, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Starbucks launched a mobile order-and-pay-ahead option in Portland this week as it prepares to expand the offering nationally over the next year. In major cities, the chain says it plans to offer delivery later in 2015 as well.      

Infographic: The Future of Food, All in One Map

December 3, 2014 2:00 pm | by Institute For the Future | News | Comments

This map by the Institute For the Future, titled Seeds of Disruption, looks at the food supply chain, technological disruptions, and low probability, high impact "wild cards" in the food industry over the next decade.   

Brainstorm: Manufacturing Pt. 2

December 3, 2014 9:25 am | by Bill L. Barrett, Sales/Marketing Manager, Gemco Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on critical issues. In this issue, we ask: how will the continuous and future integration of robots in manufacturing change the way we design and create?

Nutrition, Safety Key to Consumer Acceptance of Nanotech, GMO in Foods

December 3, 2014 9:15 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

New research shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods — but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food.     

VIDEO: Flavor On Tap With Personalized Beer

December 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

It might look like a coffee machine, but this technology is designed to enhance the taste of your favorite beer. Now, beer-drinkers could have the opportunity to personalize the taste of their favorite brew if pubs adopt new technology at the pump.

VIDEO: Pack Expo Top 10

December 2, 2014 1:00 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo. We look at smart conveyors, fog computing, friendly robots, the Food Safety Modernization Act, the skills gap, the omnipresent Internet of Things, and other exciting ideas and products.

Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: How will the continuous and future integration of ... 

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