Recent Articles

June 25, 2014 8:30 am
Meredith Sorensen, Director of Communications, Harvest Power
As a society, we waste food along every step of the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, the USDA estimates that in the U.S., 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply in 2010 went uneaten.
June 24, 2014 2:23 pm
Danna Nelson
The customer relationship suffers when manufacturers can’t deliver on time. When companies promise a delivery, and that promise is broken, customers start to doubt future orders. Now that customers have more options with whom to work, its become a harsh reality.
June 24, 2014 9:58 am
Michael Harris
It is important to have a proper program for reporting and tracking both productive and non-productive aspects of operations. Looking for ways to remove idle time and eliminate bottlenecks requires diligence over time and a focus on continuous improvement.
June 23, 2014 9:18 am
Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation Mettler Toledo Product Inspection Group
Haunting every food manufacturer is the possible recall of one of its products contaminated with a foreign material — an event that would be costly not only in direct costs of recalling the product, but also in lost retailer and consumer confidence and damaged brand image.
June 20, 2014 8:15 am
Holly Henschen, Editor
Ammonia is a gas that’s valuable as a food manufacturing refrigerant. It’s also considered a high-risk health hazard as it’s corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs. Ammonia is flammable, and can explode if released in an enclosed space with a source of ignition.
June 20, 2014 1:00 pm
Michael Sherban
Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Patent Attorney Michael Sherban says the most common reasons companies do not pursue patent protection is that they are either too busy or too intimidated by the process.
June 19, 2014 8:45 am
Shannon Sked, Manager Specialty Services, Western Pest Services & No Fly Zone
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, birds cause tens of millions of dollars in damage every year to machinery, automobiles, roofs and ventilation systems. Their droppings can expose your product to more than 60 dangerous diseases.
June 18, 2014 8:15 am
William H. Honaker, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Nothing crushes your hopes more than receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a very upset patent owner after your great success of, what you thought was, a new product launch. Attorney Bill Honaker explains five ways to avoid the nightmare of patent infringement.
June 17, 2014 10:15 am
If your workforce storage areas are not safe and secure or if your product inventory is extremely unorganized, you're not alone. Learning new ways to keep productivity moving can help with the large amount of products being manufactured on the floor. 
June 17, 2014 8:40 am
Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research
Chances are, an increased rate of production response to changes in supply and demand is high on your operational wish-list. When it comes to agility, there's no such thing as too fast. Here are four software applications that support operational agility.
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