As COVID-19 Subsides, Should I Rearrange Food Manufacturing Equipment?

After the impact of COVID-19 on the food industry, it’s essential for companies to prioritize consistent quality and worker’s safety in the post-pandemic world. In order to remain part of a competitive market, manufacturers need to focus on safety and sanitation as they expand and rearrange production lines. Wondering if you should rearrange your food […]

What COVID-19 Taught Us About the Food Manufacturing Industry

The food manufacturing industry was hit hard by the effects of COVID-19. Demand for food didn’t change in any statistically significant way over the course of the pandemic, yet many manufacturers had to completely reinvent how they understood their business. As Americans emerge from quarantine restrictions and return to “life as before” savvy manufacturers are […]

Should Food Manufacturing Outsource Their Research and Development?

The bread and butter of food manufacturing comes from processing and selling their product to retail grocery stores, but changing tastes have forced many to consider how much they allocate to changing their recipes – when should food manufacturers outsource their research and development out of house? The answer to that question largely boils down […]

Pros and Cons of In-House Maintenance vs. Hiring Contractors

Food manufacturers find themselves on a tight budget: choosing to use in-house maintenance or hiring contractors is a critical decision for an industry that has to contend with its profit margins. Today, industrial plants are embracing automated systems to accelerate production speed and minimize labor costs. Plants have always prioritized improving the turnaround time and […]

Thinking About Automation in Food Manufacturing? Start Here!

Automation improves competitiveness in any industry, and the food manufacturing sector is no different. When you automate a food processing plant, you eliminate the scope of waste, improve efficiency, and expand profit margins. The resulting cost savings can be diverted to improving business processes and R&D. Additionally, food businesses that automate their production, packaging, and […]

Will Automation Replace Jobs in the Food Industry Over the Next Decade?

The food industry has always been defined by slim profit margins. In addition, much like other manufacturing industries, food processing has resisted the push to adopt more automation as a means to boost efficiency, improve productivity, save costs, and become more competitive within the market. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and employee wages have proved a […]

What is the ROI on Automation in Food Manufacturing?

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Making the switch to automation in your food manufacturing practices can feel like a daunting task. While there’s no doubt automation makes production more efficient, it can feel overwhelming to hit your ROI (return on investment) when adding expensive new equipment to your business. Here are a few of the major ways automation contributes to […]

3 Ways to Prevent Production Bottlenecks

Production bottlenecks are a type of congestion that form when a workload arrives too quickly for the production line to handle. While bottlenecks happen most frequently on the production line, they can also occur off of it – for instance, if trucks don’t arrive in time to move products out of the manufacturing facility to […]

The Clean Machine: Hygiene in Food Manufacturing

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Sanitation and hygiene is the foundation of good food manufacturing. Bacteria, allergies, cross-contamination – there are dozens of reasons to consider implementing good cleaning practices into your manufacturing. Some experts even recommend designing a solid sanitation plan before building a plant. The FDA has proposed guidelines around these processes under their Preventative Controls for Human […]

5 Steps for Risk Assessment in Manufacturing

Workplace accidents in manufacturing can grind production to a halt. Assembly lines are built around maximizing efficiency and delivering a high volume of quality products. To meet these goals, safety can be sidelined, leading to devastating legal consequences. This is why risk assessment in manufacturing is so important. OSHA has no mandates for specific machine […]