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Departments: Streamlining Wastewater Treatment in Poultry Processing

With the steady increase in poultry processing rates, there has been a corresponding increase in wastewater pollutant concentrations. Despite mechanical improvements in wastewater treatment, many poultry processors continue to pay unnecessarily high fees for municipal water discharges. Michigan Turkey Producers (Wyoming, Mich.), a $100 million annual processor, in conjunction with Lyco Manufacturing (Columbus, Wis.), has set up a patented, state-of-the-art screening system for its poultry wastewater...

Departments: Managing Allergen Labeling Challenges

The first article in this two-part series is focused on how enterprise business solutions can help food processors manage industry challenges around the current enacted regulations in the 2004 Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. This FDA legislation addresses better management and disclosure of food allergens in the manufactured foods we eat every day. In addition to regulations that are in place today, such as requiring disclosure of food allergens on product labels by manufacturers, food...

Departments: Supersizing with SPC

Statistical Process Control (SPC) was initially developed over 65 years ago by Walter A. Shewhart as a method to improve or achieve quality control in a manufacturing process. In this method, statistical tools like frequency distribution, histograms, scatter diagrams and Pareto charts are used to view and reduce process variation, thereby reducing defects and waste from the production line. Although SPC is a cost-effective and thorough method of determining and predicting significant deviations in a...

Departments: Creating Standard Operating Procedures

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are the mainstay of any manufacturing operations, chemical, mining, automotive, etc., but for the purposes of this discussion, the focus will be on food operations. SOPs differ from cGMP’s (current Good Manufacturing Practices) in that one comprises detailed work instructions, and the other is a list of “do’s and don’ts.”

Departments: Effective Execution in a Demand-Driven World

It’s not sufficient today to insure your company’s part of perfect order performance. The notion of a demand-driven supply chain is based on changing a manufacturer’s view of its own business processes, as well as tightening their relationships with fulfillment partners, in an effort to provide more flexible and responsive product deliveries, and a new level of customer service. This involves aligning business processes to manage demand and supply activities, both within and beyond the...

Departments: Eat, Drink and Take Control

Manufacturers in many industries depend upon processes for combining, separating or identifying chemical and biological compounds. Makers of pharmaceuticals, foods, beverages, chemicals, plastics and agricultural products mix or blend multiple substances during their production processes. Producers of oils, gases, and environmental substances often separate chemicals to ensure the purity of their process outcome. Even the homeland security industry must identify chemical or biological compounds.

Departments: Accurate Planning in a Demand-driven World

For food and beverage manufacturers, aligning your business to be “demand-driven” means aligning both demand and supply trading partners as part of a new business model, in an industry that deals every day with unique business processes and requirements. This series of columns highlights practical guidelines to help you identify opportunities, as well as benefits, around delighting your customers with improved perfect order performance.

Departments: Dessert Maker Sees a 'Shrink'

As production was ramped up at dessert-maker Lakeview Farms, it became evident to management at the company’s Bristol, Wis., plant that shrink wrapping was shrinking profitability. L-bar shrink wrap machines were adding labor and excess material to the cost of the product, says Peter Fink, plant manager.

Departments: Managing Growth Responsibly One Machine at a Time

Here’s the situation: Your newest product has become an apparent winner. Initial orders will require production of 200 cases a day and your marketing team is projecting this will increase to 500 cases, and possibly 1,000 cases, within the next six months.

Departments: Good Vibrations

In an extremely demanding industry, Farbest Brands discovered that using compact vibratory screeners for scalping and sizing materials optimized product throughput and equipment uptime, while meeting highest quality sanitation requirements. For almost 50 years, Farbest Brands has been a food ingredient supplier to many of the large and small manufacturers for everything from proteins and vitamins to sweeteners, preservatives and specialty products. The company’s custom manufacturing services include...

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