Recent Articles

February 20, 2015 1:45 pm
Dave Lechleitner
To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.   
February 20, 2015 9:40 am
by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net
You might know that Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the country and that the profits fund community service projects, scholarships, and summer camps. However, you might not be aware that the beloved cookies are sustainably produced and safe for consumers with common dietary restrictions.
February 20, 2015 9:15 am
Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing
The American Beverage Association is not so keen on some of the recommended restrictions from the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. The Committee is considering putting limitations on added sugars for the first time.
February 19, 2015 3:30 pm
Andy Szal, Digital Reporter
Six states are considering phasing out bisphenol A, or BPA, from consumer products, while four states are set to take up restrictions on cadmium. Other potential measures include restrictions on formaldehyde, triclosan and microbeads.
February 19, 2015 1:35 pm
Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, PSM, Stellar
Does your management team actually understand what’s involved in process safety management? For many organizations, the answer is no. Management often doesn’t realize how much goes into completing each of the 14 PSM elements, telling their teams to simply “get it done." However, there are ways to increase management’s PSM involvement.
February 19, 2015 11:20 am
Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing
Every day, nearly half of Americans over the age of six are likely exposing themselves to this cancer-causing carcinogen. Researchers say if you are part of the 44 to 58 percent of people who consume at least one can of soda per day, you are exposing yourself to 4-methylimidazol.
February 18, 2015 1:25 pm
Kenneth Ross
One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.   
February 18, 2015 11:45 am
Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers
How can food manufacturers encourage more men to take an interest in meal preparation? The first step is Mom Bloggers. Some Mom Bloggers felt the secret for food makers to motivate men to pitch in was through traditional gender-based “manly” foodstuffs.
February 18, 2015 8:05 am
Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, PSM, Stellar
Don’t let your food processing plant’s process safety management audit take you by surprise. Preparation is paramount, and self-auditing is key. Here are some tips for performing a self audit in your facility.
February 17, 2015 1:25 pm
Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing — Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery
The process can become easier by improving communication between the vendors and customer early in the design stages. This will make that process a much quicker and smoother experience for everyone involved – and deliver a form fill seal machine that’s ready for action the first day it is installed.
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