Recent Articles

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm
Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA
Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety practices in place. 
July 22, 2014 8:30 am
Laura Dunn Nelson, director-industry relations, Alchemy Systems, LP
According to the 2014 Global Food Safety Training Survey, workforce training tends to come up short due to the unavailability of two necessary resources — time and money. Such limitations increase risk for the company, its workers and, in particular, consumers.
July 21, 2014 2:54 pm
Allison Parker
Regardless of the size of the facility, the first hurdle most plant managers and engineers encounter in meeting facility-wide energy management is the absence of detailed data about how energy is being used within their facilities — beyond the metered usage.
July 21, 2014 8:10 am
Bob Klimko, Director of Marketing, Food and Beverage, ORBIS Corp.
Today, as in the past, standard operating procedures decree that anything moved into a food production area is moved on a pallet. This can introduce significant risk if these pallets have not been specifically designed for sanitation and adhere to FSMA.
July 18, 2014 12:30 pm
Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact
Delivery delays can permanently damage relationships with customers, or even worse, drive them toward a competitor. While many small manufacturers would acknowledge the importance of on-time delivery, it happens more often than most would admit.
July 18, 2014 7:45 am
Adam Stern
The demand for employees wanting to check their data anywhere is a growing trend. While enabling a mobile workforce can raise concerns about security, data protection and integrity typically is greater with a hosted solution than with an in-house implementation.
July 17, 2014 8:30 am
Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P.
Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing. 
July 16, 2014 9:57 am
Bill Bremer, Principal, Food Safety Compliance, Kestrel Management
Producing safe food demands food safety management and compliance from all who contribute to the final food packaging and contact materials—those supplying materials, making the packaging, manufacturing food contact materials and distributing the final products.
July 15, 2014 11:20 am
Pat Garrehy
Many ERP packages have fallen short, because they are either severely limited in functionality or they are only replications of a predecessor legacy ERP package supporting one business type. They do not acknowledge that manufacturers require a greater variety of methods. 
July 14, 2014 9:47 am
Timothy D. Garcia

Bad software is not the primary reason ERP systems, in general, have earned a bad industry reputation. Rather, trouble usually arises because of the tricks, empty promises and false guarantees made as an ERP vendor’s sales representative works to close a deal.
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