Recent Articles

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm
Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant for Alcoa Foundation
For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.
October 20, 2014 3:19 pm
Troy Bergum, Rite-Hite Corporation
According to the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 100 workers are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts. Many of these accidents are related to turnovers or when a forklift operator drives off the dock.
October 20, 2014 11:08 am
Wayne Kovach
The Better Plants Program recently recognized 11 manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a ten-year span. 
October 17, 2014 2:46 pm
Michael Bialko
In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.
October 17, 2014 2:26 pm
Paul Leavoy
As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization. 
October 17, 2014 8:00 am
Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna
How do the youngest crop of workers best learn from their more seasoned counterparts? How do these two groups use the same tools to drive results when one grew up with the internet and the other has spent 30 years keeping measurements in a notebook in their back pocket?
October 16, 2014 10:10 am
Peter Mogk, Senior Partner
For a business owner or operator serving the private label market, partnering with a private equity firm is a bit like getting married. Read on to see five areas that should be assessed during the “courting” process.        
October 16, 2014 1:00 pm
Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection Group
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in January 2011, places the responsibility for food safety squarely on food producers, with requirements that will come into force as all portions of the Act are finalized and implemented. 
October 15, 2014 10:31 am
Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor,
Disconnects are a major issue for many companies, and without an ERP system, they are almost inevitable. In the end, ERP may not be right for every company. However, an ERP system that matches a company’s size and product can streamline the manufacturing process.
October 14, 2014 10:23 am
Rahul Vijayaraghavan
The power of cloud computing to connect a multitude of devices and platforms is yet another transformation that is impacting manufacturing facilities. The use of cloud in the food & beverage industry can monitor time-critical perishable foods that have set temperature, pressure and humidity requirements.
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