Benefits and Drawbacks of Exhibiting at Trade Shows

Published on: October 4, 2019

Trade shows, are they worth it? The answer is dependent on what you intend to achieve from exhibiting at trade shows. Without a goal in mind, it will be difficult to measure what you can get out of exhibiting at trade shows. Trade shows have always been a very popular way to market your company, but exhibiting at a trade show is an investment for any company.

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Protecting Your Manufacturing Company’s Critical Data

Published on: September 27, 2019

Cyber criminals used to target mainly companies with huge financial data but now attention is being shifted to manufacturing companies. More recently, the manufacturing industry has come under the devilish radar of cyber criminals and hackers. The reason isn’t far-fetched, manufacturers holds valuable intellectual properties that have financial value to cyber-criminals.

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Identifying Failures in your ERP System

Published on: September 20, 2019

ERP failures does not happen overnight, it’s a gradual and gathering of smaller decisions and actions. An ERP system will be said to have failed if it fails in driving up efficiency and effectiveness of the business. Failings of an ERP is dependent on what you expect out of the system. ERP systems don’t just fail, it must have given warning signs over time.

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Handling an Aging Manufacturing Workforce

Published on: September 13, 2019

Research shows that the manufacturing sector is at the frontier of the aging workforce trend. Manufacturing firms have reported that about 27% of their workers are aged 55 and above. Not so many engineering and manufacturing firms are aware of this trend. As such, many are unprepared for its future impacts. Is an aging workforce an industry a threat or a blessing? It could be a threat if ignored and a blessing if well managed.

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Comparing Blending Options

Published on: September 6, 2019

At the core of every raw material transformation process lies blending. Getting the right blender is one of the best investments a manufacturer can make. There are different types of industrial blenders. The ability of a blender to mix items together is not enough reason to select it. This is because each blender is unique in its properties and functions. Let's take a closer look at some of the dry blending options available.

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Closing the Customer Experience Gap with B2B Suppliers

Published on: August 9, 2019

There’s a cliché “if you give customers reasons to leave they will, and if you don’t, they’ll find a better experience somewhere else.” Customer expectations are getting higher by the day, creating a wider gap. This means manufacturing companies must work harder, and suppliers must leave no room for complacency.

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Investment in the Food and Beverage Industry

Published on: July 26, 2019

Individuals and groups who seek opportunities to invest their millions of dollars are increasingly turning their attention towards the food and beverage industry. Not only because no one can do without food and beverage, but because the future projections of the returns on their capital is mouth-watering. According to reports, a 34% increase in funding was recorded against the previous 1.08 billion dollars in 2017, with the new figure now a little shy of 1.5 billion dollars.

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USMCA Passage and the Future of Manufacturing in the United States

Published on: July 19, 2019

In November 2018, there was a modification of the 25-year-old North America Free Trade Agreement which resulted in the North American Free Trade Agreement. The trade agreement was applauded by manufacturers in the US however, despite high expectations among manufacturers in the US, it has yet to be ratified by congress.

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Immigration Policy and Its Effects on Manufacturing

Published on: July 12, 2019

The United States is made with the toiling of immigrants. Right from the civil war, numerous immigrants joined the United States army in prosecuting the war just for the purpose of La’Unita America. America is indeed a nation built with the help of immigrants. Generations of immigrants have helped the American journey is every area, including manufacturing. The impact and contribution of immigrants to the industrial transformation of the United States cannot be overlooked.

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Staying Updated on Regulations on Emerging Contaminants

Published on: July 5, 2019

Whether you refer to them as emerging contaminants or contaminants of emerging concern, it is already established that they are capable of causing ecological and/or damage to the human health. Interestingly, these contaminants are present almost everywhere; personal care products, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, surfactants, and industrial chemicals. These contaminants can be present in drinking water, food sources, groundwater, waste water, surface water and more.  They can either be in form of chemicals and/or microorganisms. The issue lies in the absence of a known data on the environmental and human toxicology of these emerging contaminants.

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Wet Ball Milling Vs Dry Ball Milling

Published on: June 27, 2019

Everything we make use of in our day to day activities passes through a milling process. Cement used in building, the cereals we eat, toiletries, paints used in making our house presentable, and the tiles that beautifies the house we live in, all went through a milling process.

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VR and AR Use in Engineering Manufacturing

Published on: June 21, 2019

In recent time, VR and AR have become far-reaching technologies in engineering industry. They are gaining substantial attention in engineering manufacturing because their wide range of practical applications and enormous potential benefits. As part of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), VR and AR now make it possible for engineers to undertake a virtual visualization of the manufacturing process.

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Growth of Ice Cream Processing Equipment

Published on: June 14, 2019

Recent studies have revealed that ice cream processing equipment will experience substantial demand in the coming years. This is as a result of the growing demand for ice cream globally, due to an increase in the per capital consumption of ice cream.

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Oiling Coatings To Prevent Bacteria In Process Equipment

Published on: June 7, 2019

Applying a thin layer of cooking oil in the stainless-steel food processing implements has been found to deter bacterial growth. This discovery is of utmost importance to the confectionery industry. It was discovered by Professor Ben Hatton of the University of Toronto’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering and his research team. This simple solution led to a 1000x reduction in the bacterial levels inside the process equipment used in the test.

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Logistics Efficiency in Industrial Manufacturing

Published on: May 31, 2019

There is always a need to have a laid down plan and procedure for every system in an organization to operate. Directors and managers come together and determine how the physical materials and the information system of the organization will be done in order to enhance productivity and achieve the organization’s goal.

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Industry 4.0 and How It Impacts Engineering

Published on: May 24, 2019

If you’ve had the chance to read an op-ed manufacturing or you’ve been to a trade show, then chances are that you’ve seen the term ‘Industry 4.0’. Depending on the person you ask, the words ‘Fourth industrial revolution’ may very well be a bunch of empty buzzwords. However, that’s not the case. To be more specific, these words actually have a major impact on various sectors including the engineering industry.

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How Higher Tariffs Affect Industrial Manufacturing

Published on: May 17, 2019

The current tariffs being implemented across oceans will no doubt have economists on their toes. On one hand, many believe these tariffs will contribute to bringing manufacturing jobs back from overseas. Others feel that more harm than good will come of the implementation. Regardless of what side you’re on, there is no doubt we will see impacts on the quality of products, use of technology, and types of materials used.

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Managing Allergen Risks in Bulk Food Processing

Published on: May 10, 2019

In our world today, it is difficult to overlook the high level of food allergy occurrence. Even though most of the consumers may not quickly react when they come in contact with contaminated food products, the remaining few who are highly sensitive might have severe medical complications which could eventually result in the death of those individuals. This high level of food allergy occurrence has made the government enforce some regulations on manufacturers.

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Ball Mill Grinding Media Options

Published on: April 26, 2019

Ball mills are not only used for grinding, they can also be used for cold welding. One advantage of ball mill is that it is suitable for grinding materials of all degree and hardness because of its many options of grinding media.

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Flow in Bins, Feeders and Hoppers

Published on: April 19, 2019

More often than not, bulk solids are handled without the proper knowledge of the bulk solid equipment. As a result, flow problems end up slowing down the production process. Not to mention the fact that it increases the cost of the entire project.

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How Manufacturing Stays Innovative Thanks to Intellectual Property

Published on: April 12, 2019

Innovation simply means to do something new that in turn enhances a product, a process or service. Therefore, innovation is the most essential tool for an engineer. The Invention is said to be the bedrock of innovation. It can be defined as a new solution to a technical problem. Intellectual property means the unique creation of human intellect that comes from human creativity and inventiveness.

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ASME Certifications and Its Importance in Equipment Development

Published on: April 5, 2019

ASME is an organization that has been improving the standards of industrial safety for over 130 years and certifying recognized companies that meet the highest industry standards. Throughout the industrial community, ASME is considered to be the standard that must be met when manufacturing high-quality industrial products.

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New Product Development in Industrial Manufacturing

Published on: March 15, 2019

No business practice is more difficult to approach than the process of manufacturing and developing of new products. Regardless of industry, this practice remains a challenge for businesses across the spectrum. Today, most managers are viewing new products as the best chance to stay ahead of the competition. Not only will new products give you a competitive edge, but they can also set new standards within the industry. Product advancement opens you to engagement with new industries and further increases company standards.

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Double Arm Mixers or Malaxeurs: What’s the Difference?

Published on: February 11, 2019

Double Arm Mixers or Malaxeurs are designed specifically for mixing, homogenizing and, kneading profoundly thick products.  Two shaped blades sitting parallel at the base of the blending trough, give intensive blending. The sharp blades rotate at various speeds in inverse ways making the products to transfer from one blade to another and from start to finish, bringing about the pattern of figure eight.

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Total Productive Maintenance Programs in Industrial Manufacturing

Published on: January 25, 2019

Total Productive Maintenance is a support program for performing proactive maintenance with the goal of increasing equipment availability and avoiding breakdowns. TPM programs enable manufacturing units to search for evolutionary changes occurred in the business environment and is an advancing procedure which is followed by most organizations.

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Brexit’s Influence on Industrial Manufacturing

Published on: January 18, 2019

Since the UK triggered Article 50 formally, it officially fired a gun on a two year time period on the government for negotiating the terms and conditions on the UK’s exit from EU. This leads to an era of prolonged and heightened uncertainty in the industry. The one thing that markets dislike, is uncertainty.

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Creating Manufacturing Service Leaders in Your Business

Published on: January 4, 2019

The Service Council (TSC), one of the few influential voices within the service industry, has completed a survey revealing one of the mutual concerns of industrial manufacturing service leaders. They all are thinking about ways to improve their customer experience. They are searching for the answers to improve management of data-driven operations as well as knowledge. Talent requirement and skill gap were the major aspects that emerged from this study.

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Planning for the “Green” Demand

Published on: December 21, 2018

Sustainability programs have grown substantially for several reasons. While meeting government regulations is often the first reason, businesses are seeing increasing pressure from their stakeholders, especially those of publicly traded companies. Today, building a brand that is both environmentally and socially responsible is crucial in ensuring strong business performance amongst a changing consumer environment. For many companies, being “green” is still simply consider something nice to have as oppose to a necessary business change. Others have jumped in head first, increasing investments in alternative materials and processes to better conform to sustainability goals.

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Keeping Your Food Plant Construction Project on Track

Published on: December 7, 2018

Due to technology and growing consumer demands, food and beverage companies are forced to compete at a higher level than ever before. Not only do customers expect quality products but turn out time has become increasingly important in a market seeking instant satisfaction. The faster construction can be completed, the sooner it can start producing a return on investment. So how do you ensure your next project stays on track? Let’s take a look at several ways to best set your projects up for success.

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Manufacturing Engineering Majors are on the Rise

Published on: November 23, 2018

Over the past 10 years, the number of individuals earning degrees in engineering has consistently risen. This trend is expected to continue moving forward. One specific discipline of engineering, manufacturing engineering, is becoming more and more appealing as time goes on.

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Principles of Grinding in Ball Mills

Published on: October 26, 2018

Action inside a Ball Mill drum is not a haphazard process. Stirring is not random nor is the throwing of the charge. There is a very specific operating speed for the most efficient grinding. Depending upon the Mill’s speed, there is a point in which the load along the wall of the cylinder will break free and the grinding media will begin to cascade through several layers of the material. This breaking point is affected by several factors: speed of mill, amount of material, amount of grinding media, and viscosity in the case of wet grinding.

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Glass Packaging Is a Clear Choice

Published on: October 19, 2018

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration generally recognizes only one type of packaging material as safe; glass. Academic research also supports this fact as a growing body of information continues to show the harmful effects that can potentially occur due to bisphenol A (BPA) and other chemicals used in some plastics production. Glass is the only packaging material that requires neither a plastic nor chemical liner that may affect food and beverage taste. Where other food and beverage packaging options may affect both taste and consumer health, glass is made from 100% natural raw materials. The use of limestone, soda ash, silica sand, and recycled glass creates a final product that doesn’t migrate into food or beverages.

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Industrial Benefits to Additive Manufacturing

Published on: October 12, 2018

Additive manufacturing is a relatively new process that is now taken advantage of in several industries including everything from ceramics to medical applications. For those unfamiliar with the term, additive manufacturing (AM) is defined as the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Common terminology also refers to this process as 3D printing. Products manufactured additively can be utilized throughout the life of the product. Some manufactures utilize this process for pre-production, in the case of small-scale prototypes. Others can utilize AM in full-scale production and post-production customization.

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Challenges Facing Manufacturing Policy in the US

Published on: October 5, 2018

The manufacturing industry is an enormous foundation to the U.S. economy. With applications ranging from automotive to food production, manufacturing has a limitless potential. Despite the level of importance in our economy, there are still concerns about U.S. public policies that influence the success of this sector. Recent studies have even demonstrated that there is no other sector that creates as much economic value in addition to new jobs.

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Using Industry-Specific Software to Ensure Quality Standards

Published on: September 21, 2018

Have you ever tried to touch up the paint in your living room only to realize that the color doesn’t quite match? Often, you’ll be given the tip to keep extra from when you originally painted and to make sure that they are from the same lot number. A common issue people encounter is color differentiation despite having purchased an identical color. Most consumers will assume that all products regardless of time frame should have the same properties, so why do these issues occur?

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CAD and Its Influence of Product Design of Process Equipment

Published on: September 7, 2018

Computer Aided Design, more commonly known as CAD, is the use of software to create or modify parts or a compilation of parts. Beginning with AutoCAD back in 1982, CAD software has assisted engineers throughout the design process. Now, there are even further innovations demonstrated in commonly used software such as Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks.

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Key Concepts of Food Plant Design

Published on: August 24, 2018

Food plant designs have made massive strides in recent years and the needs of the industry are constantly evolving. As more information is brought to light, companies are making strides forward as far as sanitation, energy efficiency, and especially creating healthy food.

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