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Jobs: A Vengeful Man

November 7, 2011 6:58 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

When is the world going to stop talking about Steve Jobs?” “I don’t know, as soon as Christians stop talking about Jesus?” The untimely passing of the techno-icon has led to a deluge of skepticism, criticism, praise, and wonderment for the most influential man this world has lost in some time.

Turning Over A New Leaf

November 7, 2011 5:53 am

B y Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing The recent Jensen Farms Listeria outbreak has killed dozens of consumers unlucky enough to pick up contaminated cantaloupe from their grocers’ shelves. Since the outbreak, well over one hundred cases have been identified, and over two dozen people have died.

Are You Prepared?

November 4, 2011 9:50 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Every fall, I try to get in a horrible zombie movie. During the movie, the characters are never prepared, and are always without a shotgun, a chainsaw, and an Oldsmobile Delta-88 with which to escape. How could they possibly survive a zombie apocalypse? My first stop in just such an event would be Westlake Ace Hardware, complete with their Zombie Preparedness Center .


Brainstorm: Remote Monitoring

November 3, 2011 12:18 pm

This feature originally ran in the September 2011 issue of Food Manufacturing . The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What is the most important factor food manufacturers should consider when implementing a remote monitoring system in their facilities? Ed Orvidas, Strategic Account Manager, Culligan International In the food and beverage industry, water is used in nearly every stage of production.


Generation Y

November 1, 2011 10:46 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

We’re in the midst of a new generation. While I hate to admit it, I am still very proud to say that my daughter is a lot smarter than me when I was her age. Heck, she’s even more intelligent than me now, especially when it comes to certain digital technologies that are available for playing games, reading books, and listening to music.

The Modern Clean Room

October 31, 2011 10:26 am | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor , PharmPro

Clean rooms provide manufacturers with a clean, safe environment in which to create uncontaminated products. All clean rooms are not identical, however; they vary depending on the size or scale of an operation, the types of materials that are being handled, the operation’s budget, and various other factors.

Can Manufacturing Go Mobile? (Part II)

October 31, 2011 10:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

The "holy grail" for mobile manufacturing has always been the capability to completely perform one's duties — say, as a plant manager — from the road. Many think this capability is still years away, if not more, but some say that world is closer than we might think. This is part two of a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing.


Can Manufacturing Go Mobile?

October 31, 2011 4:13 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Manufacturers are going mobile — whether it's for inventory control, dealing with customer orders, or managing employees — with a growing network of software providers that are riding on the consumer wave. This is part one of a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing.


Who Would You Hire?

October 18, 2011 12:17 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Recently, I saw a burst of news on the issue of "long-term unemployment" in America. A frightening large number of people have been unable to find jobs for a year or more, which creates a host of issues. They are relying on government aid for a longer period of time (whether they want to or not), which costs everyone more money.

‘Lost’ Prototypes

October 17, 2011 10:37 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

San Francisco police enlist in the greatest guerilla marketing ploy of 2011. Looking for some marketplace heat on the product you’re working on right now? Drop everything in the office and head to the local watering hole, prototype in hand. Drub up conversation with a few regulars and point out the revolutionary manner in which this prototype, that you hold in your hands, will change the [insert industry here].

Getting Innovation Down To A Science

October 14, 2011 10:23 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

This feature originally ran in the September 2011 issue of Food Manufacturing . The newly-formed Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) provides scientific solutions regarding food safety, nutrition and processing technology through the collaboration of the food industry, government and academics.


The Amphibious Aircraft

October 11, 2011 12:27 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

A rule change by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) back in 2004 has created a new category of aircraft called the Light Sport Aircraft Category, and a new kind of pilot license called the Sport Pilot License. The FAA intended for these two changes to help make recreational flying more accessible and safer for consumers passionate about flying.

Netflix: It’s Eight Bucks, Deal With It

October 7, 2011 9:16 am

By David Mantey, Editor, PD&D For a bit more than the cost of a trade show cup of soup, Netflix will stream an infinite amount of content for you to mainline into your brain on a monthly basis. The amount of content specified may be an exaggeration, but I challenge anyone to try and tear through the Netflix archive in one month.

Netflix: Knee, Meet Shotgun

October 7, 2011 9:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

A lot of people have shared their word about Netflix lately, but I'd like to take my turn at the lectern and offer an opinion as to how badly the company has recently shot itself in the foot. In fact, that cliché hardly even fits -- it's more like taking a shotgun to the knee. Regardless, I think their failures are a good lesson for any business.

Hey, Man...What's Old?

October 7, 2011 9:02 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Everyone has a story about those few items in their lives they’ve retained for years and years that still function far better than the latest and greatest technology. I remember being a teenager, embarrassed by the giant bulky microwave my parents kept in the kitchen. We’d had it for as long as I could remember and it took up a ton of space compared to the new models.

One Bowl Of Cheerios At A Time

October 4, 2011 9:52 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

How many “bowls of Cheerios” do you have, stacked on the shelves, waiting to be consumed? Feel free to replace the word Cheerios with something that hits a little closer to home—adhesives, cleaning supplies, PPE, or any of the other consumables that take a big dent out of your budget .

Fuel Cells Materialize

September 30, 2011 11:20 am | by Kim Ukura

, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development As fuel cell technology continues to develop, engineers face a number of concerns when trying to specify materials for the components and housing materials of this technology. ReliOn , a developer of modular, fault-tolerant, proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology, is currently developing a portfolio of stationary fuel cells for emergency and backup power requirements, uninterruptible power supplies, digital power needs, and a variety of off grid power requirements.

Are You A 'Worker' Or An 'Employee'?

September 29, 2011 11:26 am

In any given article about manufacturing, you'll perhaps see a few mentions of the company's "workers." Take a similar article about Google, or Apple, for example, and you'll see a different reality. Instead of being powered by "workers," these technology giants have campuses populated by "employees," "engineers," "ninjas" (a term that makes me cringe).

Q&A: A Total Systems Approach

September 23, 2011 9:34 am

Leading up to PACK EXPO Las Vegas (September 26-28; Las Vegas Convention Center) , this year's largest resource for packaging and processing innovation in North America, we spoke with Jonathan Titterton, Director of Sales & Marketing at Bosch Packaging Technologies (Booth #1423), Brian Barr, packaging sales manager at Heat and Control (Booth #2433) and Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development at PMMI, to gain insight into the trend towards integration.


Tools: From Design to Development

September 13, 2011 6:11 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor,

To say advancements in technology have had a powerful and positive effect on the hand and power tool industry is to make an obvious statement. Manufacturers and distributors understand the importance of leveraging technology to achieve their business goals, and as the relevant technology continues to evolve, industrial firms are becoming more adept at utilizing it.


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