5 Benefits of Being ISO 9001 Certified

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 28, 2017 11:28:11 AM

ISO 9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality, Quality Managment System

5 Necessary Lean Manufacturing Tools

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 26, 2017 9:36:41 AM

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that history is often made within our lifetime. Lean manufacturing is a movement established by Toyota Production Systems and is centered on clarifying what brings value by reducing waste. Lean is centered around increasing customer value and implementing key processes in order to continuously drive satisfaction and reduce waste simultaneously.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing Tools

8 ISO 9001 Basics You Need to Know

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 25, 2017 9:21:19 AM


ISO 9001 is one of the most popular quality management system standards in the international stage. Before you embark on a journey to adopt it, however, you need to have an in-depth understanding of ISO 9001 basics to make it work for you.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality Managment System

Is Your Manufacturing Plant Ready for Supercharged Growth?

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 6, 2017 2:08:23 PM

As the U.S. and the global economy bounces back, manufacturing continues to be on the rise. Therefore, companies are looking to open new facilities, domestically and internationally, and expand their existing operations to drive future revenue.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Business Management

Actionable Advice for Reducing Operating Expenses in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 5, 2017 1:45:51 PM

Much has changed in recent years with regards to manufacturing intelligence. While manufacturing issues have become more complicated in nature, new technologies have emerged to manage those challenges.

With speed-to-market becoming such a critical aspect of the supply chain, manufacturers are pressed to meet the delivery date, regardless of any issues, using the most cost-effective methods.

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Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Operating Expenses in Manufacturing

Minimizing Risk of Food Safety Problems in the Processing Industry

Posted by Steven Brand on Jun 29, 2017 1:00:27 PM

The modern consumer demands that food products be free from harmful contaminants that could lead to illness. Growers, shippers, retailers, wholesalers, and restaurants are all required to ensure there are no food processing safety mistakes.

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Topics: Food Manufacturing, Food and Beverage Supply Chain, Processing Industry, Food Safety

4 Consumer Trends Impacting the Food and Beverage Supply Chain

Posted by Steven Brand on Jun 28, 2017 1:11:54 PM

Evolving consumer shopping and eating habits continuously transform the food and beverage supply chain. Consumers are ditching the fatty and salty foods of the past and are now in search of healthier and fresher food and beverage alternatives.

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Topics: Food Manufacturing, Food and Beverage Supply Chain

Get Involved in Manufacturing Day and Help Change Common Misperceptions

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Jun 20, 2017 9:30:00 AM

When you think about Manufacturing Day, you may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t have the time to host an event. What I manufacture isn’t that interesting. Is it really that big of a deal?” Well, actually, it is a big deal.  Manufacturing Day is a national celebration, which occurs every year on the first Friday in October (this year it's October 6, 2017).

It was started as a way to help change common misperceptions about manufacturing; to get the word out about manufacturing and how 21st Century manufacturing is not manufacturing as your parents or grandparents knew it.  Not to imply that manufacturing wasn’t important during those years.  It was huge.  

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Topics: Manufacturing Day

How to Improve Product Quality and Consistency in Food Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Jun 15, 2017 9:45:00 AM

The best managers are always seeking cost-saving opportunities within their manufacturing operations. Of all of those opportunities, there is no better cost to mitigate than that of poor quality. Lost labor hours and scrapping valuable food materials contributes zero value to your goals.

Therefore, to eliminate waste and improve quality, you must maintain a strategic approach which incorporates the following list to help improve product quality in food manufacturing.

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Topics: Food Manufacturing

Issues Facing Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers in 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Jun 13, 2017 1:30:00 PM

While the outlook is largely positive for the manufacturing industry in 2017, this doesn’t mean that there will be zero challenges. With growth comes competition, and manufacturers will need to adapt to these challenges if they want to become leaders and remain agile in the market place.

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Topics: Manufacturing

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