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Tools: From Design to Development

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

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.

Don't Drink The Water

September 9, 2011 6:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PDD

A stunt by any other name would reek as foul. Recently, one of the few companies to remain living, however infamously, despite continuous bouts with bad press, made a splash in the news when a demonstration from the company’s CEO became a trite example of the company’s ignorance and arrogance.

Just Juice

September 2, 2011 5:50 am

By Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO I’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years, which is not to say my diet is always healthy. Let’s not forget that Doritos, cheese pizza, and jelly beans are all technically vegetarian. Despite this, stories of health success interest me in the sense that they're motivating, while still allowing me to sit idly on the couch, eating Corn Nuts (totally a vegetable!), and observing.

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Sticking To The Plan

August 30, 2011 5:53 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Group

In the beginning, there were no single-use packaging applications. There were no dosage control offerings. There were no topical patches. There certainly were no transdermal delivery products. There was however, a stamping and printing company, as well as a man with vision, discipline and an open mind.

How Do Your Benefits Shape Up?

August 30, 2011 5:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

With the troubled economy, all of manufacturing is worried about its future. Most companies are devising new methods for staying competitive against foreign, low-cost providers, and others are still struggling with the possibility of layoffs. While managers and executives worry about the next decade of their company's success, the people they employ are also increasingly concerned about their future, particularly if they're nearing retirement.

Q&A: Processing Sustainably

August 26, 2011 6:00 am | by Interview by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The food industry is ramping up its efforts to increase the environmental sustainability of production, and Green Research has introduced a new benchmarking tool to help manufacturers produce food more sustainably. Food Manufacturing spoke with David Schatsky of Green Research to discuss how processors can most efficiently increase their sustainability.

Step by Step - Innovation & Automation

August 16, 2011 6:40 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief, PharmPro

Not every drug has to be blockbuster. And not every pharmaceutical company is necessarily interested in developing blockbusters. There are plenty of opportunities for pharmaceutical companies to be successful by focusing their efforts on developing and producing products aimed at smaller but no less deserving patient populations.

What Are We Going To Do Now?

August 15, 2011 10:33 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

A look at how manufacturers can benefit from continuity planning, and resources for handling everything from supply chain shortages to natural disasters. We’re fascinated by the photos and video of the earthquakes and tornadoes – both during the event as well as in the wake of their destruction.

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Backpacking Or Fracking

August 11, 2011 6:22 am | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.info

Which do you think of when you hear "state park"? Both backpacking and fracking are associated with previously protected state lands. Ohio recently passed a bill legalizing drilling on all state land, including land that has been designated as a state park. Senate's approval of  Bill 133  hit home for me as a native Ohioan who has spent a great deal of time enjoying the state's parks.

What Manufacturing Can Learn From Starbucks

August 9, 2011 6:46 am

Mary Kaye Denning is the Founder and President of Cleveland-based The Manufacturing Mart, a program that helps connect manufacturers and suppliers by establishing a "permanent tradeshow." We sat down with Denning recently to discuss her theory on bringing a Starbucks "philosophy" to the shop floor by creating a better work environment and empowering employees.

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Tackling The 'Ugh' Projects

August 5, 2011 5:43 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Show your customers that you don’t just offer them a commodity or a product, you offer them a solution—and one they might not even quite know how to ask for, at that. Fate somehow selected the hottest weekend of the summer for me to move into my new house.

A Magical Mix

August 2, 2011 6:32 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Childhood friends Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz founded Fairytale Brownies in 1992 in a friend’s Old Town Scottsdale, AZ, catering kitchen. Using Kravetz’s mother’s 55-year-old secret family brownie recipe, the business started out selling to friends, farmers markets, and festivals.

The Future Of Energy Measurement

August 1, 2011 6:31 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D

Imagine being able to monitor the energy usage of a single streetlamp, then using the collected data to predict when the lamp will burn out, allowing for repairs before anyone gets left in the dark. Or, visualize being able to pull out an iPad on the commute to work to check if the coffeepot was left on or the security system was enabled.

A Culture of Excellence

July 26, 2011 10:26 am | by LUKE SIMPSON, Associate Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing

Prior to 2010, Pfizer Health AB produced its legacy products Genotropin® and Somavert® in separate facilities. Somavert was sourced from a contract manufacturer, while Gentropin was manufactured at a Pfizer facility in Strängnäs, Sweden. The two drugs have opposite effects on the human physiology — Genotropin is used to treat growth hormone deficiency and Somavert is a growth hormone antagonist — but the proteins used in each are very similar.

The Sound Of Science

July 22, 2011 6:44 am | by Anna Wells

It sounds like something out of the future, but when George Lord alludes to “The Scientific Factory,” he doesn’t mean some sterile Orwellian assembly line. That said, there is nothing old-fashioned about ABB’s New Berlin, WI-based facility either. It is something in between, a solution to what Lord, managing director of ABB’s U.

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The Incredible Egg-Opening Machine

July 21, 2011 5:12 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief, Pharmaceutical Processing

Novartis Vaccines provides more than 20 vaccines to prevent viral and bacterial diseases, and is dedicated to delivering on its promise of prevention through the research, development, and production of innovative, safe and effective vaccines. The company’s new MARS (Marburg Site) facility in Marburg, Germany was designed and built to be the company’s “Center of Excellence” for modern vaccine production.

Cellphone Tumors

July 21, 2011 5:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

Your cellphone will give you cancer, your laptop will make you sterile, your water bottle will hit three favorites — breast cancer, sperm count, and prostate cancer (among others) — and yet we remain sweaty, sport jacket-wearing mouth breathers who will be suddenly shocked when we turn paternal/maternal only to realize that our plumbing has been stripped out by homeless copper bandits.

Teaching Others Is Often The Best Lesson

July 19, 2011 5:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

After two years of work on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations (IMPO), I’ve accepted the role of managing editor at Manufacturing.net, another property with Advantage Business Media. I was recently tasked with training a new employee to take over my previous responsibilities with IMPO Magazine .

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PACKing A Punch

July 18, 2011 6:26 am | by Interview By Krystal Gabert, Editor

Charles Yuska, President, PMMI PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will be held September 26–28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Food Manufacturing spoke with Charles Yuska of PMMI about the event and about food processors’ top-of-mind concerns regarding food packaging applications.

The Challenge Of Marketing Nutrition

July 15, 2011 5:23 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

It seems more and more emphasis continues to be placed on eating healthy, especially with the ongoing media coverage of the nation’s obesity problem. Government agencies and task forces have stepped up efforts to shrink Americans’ growing waistlines, highlighted by programs such as the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the new MyPlate initiative.

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