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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...

Departments: Chillin’ Out

With heat playing a major role throughout food processing operations, the integral and profuse need for cooling systems finds at least one cooling tower in every plant. Whether applied directly to cooking process, refrigeration equipment, sterilization apparatus, pasteurization systems, equipment jacket coolers, heat exchangers or air compressors, protecting expensive process equipment and maintaining cooling fluids represent an indispensable adjunct of food processors. Without fail-safe and efficient...

Departments: The Video Advantage

While safety regulations and audit requirements at processing plants help ensure safe food, some plants are taking safety several steps further and enhancing their systems through remote video auditing (RVA).

Departments: The Human Factor

Today the challenges that food manufacturers face with regards to human resources (HR) is as diverse as the products they produce. A unique world within its own, human resources is much more than making sure that all of the Ts and Is are properly crossed and dotted on W-4 and I-9 forms.

Departments: Compliance Control

Food and beverage manufacturers must observe several broad-classes of compliance, with labeling perhaps being the most painful in terms of the number of errors and the impact on business. According to FDA, 51 percent of recent food and drug recalls were caused by a problem with the label, not with the product. Labeling has gotten more complicated in recent years as more federal and international requirements are added to an already long list of regulations. Most regulatory changes strive to balance the...

Departments: Picky Robots

Swiss chocolate manufacturer, Chocolat Frey, is benefiting from an investment in a high-speed robotic line that copes with 40 different packaging formats every day. The new Sigpack Systems line, which consists of eight Delta Robots, has reduced manual handling at Chocolat Frey’s Buchs factory by placing chocolates into blister packs, which are then loaded into cartons.

Departments: Conveyor System Doubles As Quick-Change Artist

With the profusion of regulations, microprocessor-based equipment, formulation, testing and other issues, the last thing that food packagers need to worry about is good old-fashioned material handling.

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