Recent Articles

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.
July 11, 2014 7:30 am
Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research
In this post, we’ll look at five areas of your production facility where you may be unaware paper-based systems are holding you back, as well as how today’s next-generation solutions are facilitating the move to a paperless manufacturing environment.
July 10, 2014 12:30 pm
Tom Kunes, Principal, Client Services, Kestrel Management
Documenting procedures on how to execute these eight functions are what eventually get integrated into an overarching management system. Following these procedures will help improve the company's capability to comply on an ongoing basis.
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