The Federal R&D Tax Credit provides food manufacturers with additional capital that can be used to hire new employees, buy new equipment or re-invested into additional research and development projects. Are you missing out on this opportunity?
This is the second installment of a three part series on changes in chemical management. The first installment outlined the changes that affect every employer with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals. This week focuses on helping employers meet the first compliance deadline, December 1, 2013.
The FDA/EMEA has introduced initiatives to advocate real-time, in-line monitoring of critical parameters in the manufacturing process, rather than testing the end product. This article discusses the application of a new sensor technology which provides real-time insight into nutrient consumption and product expression enabling manufacturers to automate and optimize closed loop control of the feeding regime of their media.
While the economy appears to be turning around, employers across the country continue to make difficult decisions concerning mass layoffs and plant closings, and those that neglect the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) and state “baby” WARN Acts do so at their peril. This article addresses five common mistakes employers make when dealing with plant closings and mass layoffs under the federal WARN Act.
What could you achieve if you had control over strategy, execution and management? What if your board were incentivized in exactly the same way that you were? All of this can be achieved through the purchase of a business in partnership with a private equity group.
General Mills’ Cedar Rapids, Iowa plant had successfully used pallet flow and pushback rack systems, but ongoing growth, product changes and long use required a storage system update that would safely add capacity to their existing facility.
Every three months, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) provides a detailed look at the health of the domestic manufacturing sector and reviews the performance of a selected group of its most important subsectors. This report covers the actual data available through July 2013 and provides our forecasts.
Part one of a three part series on the changing landscape of chemical management focuses on recent changes to the Hazard Communication Standard by OSHA and the corresponding deadlines and responsibilities every employer with hazardous chemicals must adhere to.
Corrosion has long been the bane of the oil industry, accounting for more than 25% of failures. Now a growing number of pro-active, oil and gas industry maintenance professionals are turning to a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion, extend equipment life and minimize the cost and production downtime required to repair or replace corroded equipment.
Industrial compressor systems are an investment. But the initial purchase price is just the beginning; even costlier than the equipment costs are the costs to run an air compressor and maintenance. With the recent, and steady, increases in energy costs, everyone is concerned with efficiency.
The reality is that, far from being doomed by an excess of technology, we are actually at risk of being held back from too little innovation. It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” How else do we explain today’s persistent high unemployment?
Politicians love promoting "made in America" during an election season but tend to forget about it once the dust settles. And so, for all the praise of American manufacturing in the last campaign – by Democrats and Republicans alike – very little has actually been done. So what happened to a real competitiveness – and – jobs agenda?
As the statistics on food waste continue to rise and awareness of those statistics becomes more pronounced, Dr. Ron Cotterman, Vice President of Sustainability at Sealed Air, weighs in with food waste awareness and prevention strategies for the manufacturer.
Proper sanitization is always a concern, as foodborne pathogens often lurk and grow in hidden, hard-to-reach areas in processing environments. Tony Reed of Dow Microbial Control offers his thoughts about the unique sanitization challenges the industry now faces and how ozone sanitation can help prevent microbial contamination.
Most manufacturing and industrial businesses are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software. Understanding the ways in which leasing fits your company’s particular needs can help to build a solid business case for financing as well as determine which financing option to choose.