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Don’t Risk Total Product Recall

February 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division, VAI

While new FDA standards improve public safety and health, they also present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans, and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.         

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Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

An impact to one segment of the supply chain can have a domino-like effect that can be immediately felt throughout the entire supply chain. Through an effective monitoring program, organizations can proactively track and report on all of their supply chain issues, incidents, exposures, and risks in real time.

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9 Tactics To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

February 21, 2014 9:41 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc.

Are you doing all you can to make sure that your operation’s manufacturing safety is a well documented, practiced, and backed up process? How do companies achieve a level where they can boast of safety as one of the operational backbones, that itself in many cases becomes a competitive advantage?

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Is It Time To Go On-Machine?

February 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The automotive industry is known for being “guinea pigs,” in the kindest sense of the word. For at least 15 years, these companies have been pursuing an idea that is just now making its way to other industries — it’s the idea of stashing automation and safety controllers on the machine itself, rather than in a centrally-located cabinet. Is it time for other industries to follow suit?

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Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

February 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil

Pesticides are often the method used to control pests, but pesticides alone are not the solution. A better solution is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) program as part of your food safety program.             

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Lean Principles, Impressive Results

February 13, 2014 3:43 pm | by Mike Engel, Chief Operations Officer, FLEXcon

FLEXcon began its lean manufacturing program in 2003 and has since achieved a 90 percent improvement in on-time deliveries, 20 percent reduction in waste and a 35 percent increase in total productivity. Dollar savings are more than 10 times what was invested to roll the practice out and educate and train 1,000 employees. 

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Q&A: Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

February 13, 2014 3:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

End users use air guns or homemade devices to clean that are unsafe and do not meet OSHA regulations. For example, we have seen a device constructed out of a ball valve and a piece of pipe. If the tip on this homemade device were to become blocked, full line pressure would be built up behind the blockage — this could be hazardous.

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Reshoring: A Key Strategy Facing Present And Future Manufacturers

February 13, 2014 3:28 pm | by Guy Morgan, Managing Director and Global Operations Advisory Group Lead, BBK

The manufacturing environment is in a constant state of change. The failure to recognize the static nature of the business coupled with the failure of manufacturers to comply with disciplined global production systems has caused participants to revisit the value of outsourcing and the opportunities associated with reshoring.

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Q&A: How Manufacturers Can SAVE FOOD

February 13, 2014 3:07 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food waste drains food manufacturers’ resources and profits. Data on the issue is shocking. For example, 40 percent of all food produced in less-developed countries spoils every day before it reaches consumers.            

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Protecting Manufacturing From A Hacker's Favorite Tool: Social Engineering

February 12, 2014 9:40 am | by Jeff Multz, Director of Midmarket North America, Dell SecureWorks

Although social engineering often ultimately leads to cyber attacks, it may not start out that way. It may start with someone pretending to be a customer or the CEO’s friend, telephoning your company and tricking someone into giving out information they should not be divulging.

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Wholesale Evolution

February 11, 2014 9:17 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing W/D

As markets evolve, distribution companies need to innovate around customers, analytics, and supply networks. To survive and thrive in the brave new world, many wholesale distribution companies need a wholesale evolution.         

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Why ERP Doesn’t Work, And Steps To Fix The Problem

February 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Robert Byrne, CEO of Terra Technology

While a key enabler for the modern supply chain, ERP is often mistaken as the single universal solution to meet every need. Whether the result of over-aggressive vendors or self-imposed rationalization to justify the large investment, the outcome is the same: disappointment with supply chain functionality. 

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Manufacturing Economic Environment Is A ‘Concern’

February 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D

The Manufacturing Institute recently honored Denise Stanislawczyk, Operations Manager of ABB’s Measurement Products, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award. In this interview, Denise discusses women's place in the field, current challenges in the industry, and how those challenges might be overcome.

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Must-Have ERP Features For The Automotive Industry

February 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Plex

Automotive OEMs and parts manufacturers are fighting for survival in an increasingly more competitive global economy. As large companies spin off parts of the whole and smaller companies are acquired by more substantial players in the industry, they share one common goal — streamlined, efficient operations that maximize profitability.

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ISM: Extreme Weather Cools Down Manufacturing

February 6, 2014 2:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong

February 5, 2014 9:23 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

There is much debate over the effectiveness of the outsourcing strategy, the affect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the affect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession. In some cases, it has proven to be a good move. In some cases it has proven disastrous.

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On Chrysler’s Dismissals, Shaky U.S. Credibility

February 5, 2014 9:15 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Amid the news that Chrysler was being merged with its Italian owners Fiat, and many still-unanswered questions about the future of what used to be one of America’s “Big 3” automakers, the company has doubled-down on its very U.S.-focused — and some say ironically xenophobic — advertising scheme.

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EDVs Don’t Reduce Emissions

February 4, 2014 9:29 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D

Through 108 different scenarios in a model, the researchers found that even if EDVs made up 42 percent of passenger vehicles in the U.S., there would be little or no reduction in the emission of key air pollutants.           

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Recruit And Retain: Strategies To Close The Manufacturing Talent Gap

February 4, 2014 9:22 am | by Jeff Turner, president and founder, Turner Machine Company

Technological advancements within the industry have increased need for a highly skilled workforce. In the face of this gap, industry leaders must also contend with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market, and a lack of up-and-coming workers with the interest or training they need for available positions.

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Do You Believe In Safety Factors?

February 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

The science of mapping performance distributions told us exactly where we could set our process controls in order to ensure virtually 100% defect-free results. It is a better method than assuming or guessing at an appropriate safety factor.    

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