Food Industry Insights

  1. Decrease Your Risk Of Product Recalls Due To Glass, Metal Or Bone Contamination

    More small and medium-sized food manufacturers (SMEs) than ever before are investing in x-ray inspection systems. The rise in the number of product recalls has prompted many to join larger producers in embracing product inspection as a cost-effective measure against the threat of damaging and expensive product recalls due to glass, metal or bone contamination. This article will outline several factors influencing food makers to invest in X-Ray inspection systems.

  2. How To Foster A Fantastic Food Safety Culture

    Food safety culture has been a popular phrase lately. Most would agree that it’s an important concept, but how do we actually build one and strengthen it?

  3. ERP 2028 Part 3: The Demise Of The Production Planner?

    Imagine going forward in time 10 years. How will the technologies evolving today change the way we work? What will enterprise resource planning (ERP) in 2028 look like?

  4. 8 Questions To Ask When Evaluating Potential Meat Fat Analysis Equipment Suppliers

    Inline meat fat analysis equipment can help slaughterhouses and meat processors optimize raw material use, comply with end-product specifications and maximize profits and at the same time ensuring the meat products they process are free from contaminants such as bones or metal.

  5. Reflecting On The Obama Administration Food Policies

    As the Obama administration winds down, it is worthwhile to look back at the administration’s food policies and their continuing impact on the food industry. The past eight years have seen a robust regulatory agenda, resulting in thousands of pages of new requirements for the food industry. Food safety initiatives generally receive good bi-partisan support, so the political environment has been ideal to move a broad agenda forward to advance food safety with the goal of safeguarding public health. The new regulations will continue to impact the food industry for years to come with various compliance dates going into effect from 2016 through 2020, depending on the specific rule and the size of the business.

  6. Ergonomics: What Works When It Comes To Workplace Safety

    Workplace injuries are common in manufacturing jobs that depend on manual labor, and they cost the food industry billions of dollars each year. Risk factors of workplace injury include exerting excessive force, performing the same tasks repetitively, and working in awkward postures — all conditions present on the floor in food manufacturing. Damage can range in scope, from minor sprains and strains, to more serious musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) like tendinitis or sciatica. 

  7. Preventing Microbiological Contamination with Product Inspection Equipment

    Every year almost 1 in 10 people worldwide fall ill after consuming contaminated food, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) first global estimates of the burden of foodborne diseases in 2015.

  8. Automate Your Training Regimen To Improve Performance

    The key to high production and efficiency is automation. But did you know automation can also be used to optimize training in manufacturing? Many companies have seen success automating their training programs, but that doesn’t mean “set it and forget it.” Rather, using automation for training can enable continuous learning, where important safety and knowledge concepts get reinforced every shift, every day, to every worker, for a greater impact.

  9. Considerations For Designers Reviewing Bearing Systems With Linear Axes

    This paper explores design arrangements to cope with higher-load applications and identifies design considerations observed during the development of a high-load, twin rail system.

  10. IoT To The Rescue For Biotech And Pharma Manufacturing

    Discover 4 applications of IoT technology to improve your biotech and pharma manufacturing processes today: digitization of pneumatics, preventive maintenance, diagnostics, and modular automation.