Recent Articles

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm
Hughes Equipment Company
Food processing equipment manufacturers are increasingly under pressure to alter designs of large-scale machinery to accommodate new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed through plant breeding.             
November 7, 2014 2:04 pm
Tom Comstock
If you seek to improve innovation, then a good strategy is to maximize your quotient. The first step is to have good processes and systems in place to diligently watch your surrounding marketplace including customer behaviors and competitive actions. 
November 7, 2014 10:26 am
By Sara Martens, Vice President, The MSR Group
In recent years it seems consumer news outlets are taking “compelling” to a whole new level when it comes to reporting on the food and beverage industry. Opting for drama instead of balanced facts, many outlets are driving unnecessary and unfounded food ingredient fears. 
November 7, 2014 11:08 am
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
November 6, 2014 2:43 pm
Crown Holdings, Inc.
When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.
November 6, 2014 10:13 am
Dean Sonderegger
While the simplified regulations allow for more manufacturing firms to qualify for tax benefits, they also introduce many compliance challenges. Firms will need to look at their tax practices with a new set of eyes to ensure they reap the full potential benefits.
November 5, 2014 3:00 pm
Kim MacGregor
Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.             
November 4, 2014 2:00 pm
Chris Palmisano
Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.
November 4, 2014 12:45 pm
Ralf Suerken
Not having that single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful. 
October 31, 2014 3:53 pm
Abbey Hatke
Complicated packaging requirements, stringent production regulations and thin profit margins mean food manufacturers must be innovative and efficient to compete. Burns & McDonnell and Rockwell Automation collaborated to deliver a 10 percent increase in production capacity.
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