Manufacturing Press Releases

TraceGains Customer Litehouse Named Dressing of the Year

TraceGains, a full service supplier, compliance, and regulatory document management solution, announced that one of their customers, Litehouse, was recognized as 2014 Dressing of the Year by The Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS). OPA by Litehouse Feta Dill Greek Yogurt Dressing won the honor for a unique product that pays homage to the traditional Greek-style tzatzikis, with a new twist. The savory dill and feta play off of the tanginess of the Greek-style yogurt.

Hytrol Receives High Praise from Integration Partner Skarnes

Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc., manufacturer of advanced conveyor systems, controls, and solutions attributes the integration partner network critical to the company’s success. Hytrol’s unique relationship with integration partners allows the company to provide a great advantage to the customer. The integration partners integrate equipment with other technology solutions to fit customers’ needs.

Forecast Errors Must Be Eliminated for Demand Planning to Increase Production

LogoThe current environment of proliferating product portfolios and increasing demand volatility means there is a great deal riding on getting demand planning right. Forecast Errors, a weekly e-newsletter, shares methods, modes, and tools used in a variety of supply chain industries. The newsletter explores forecast errors as the difference between the actual and predicted value. The consequences of errors are expensive inefficiencies that can be resolved with lean manufacturing technology. The upcoming issue explains how inaccuracies in demand forecasts generate costly waves felt throughout the entire supply chain.

US Manufacturers Disappointed with Automation Solutions Due to Lack of Attention to Details

According to No Risk Automation newsletter, without precise specifications about the automation required and the outcomes expected, automation vendors sell what they have and the results will be disappointing. Many people say that the devil is in the details; in this case there are major costs in the details. Ignorance costs money at the time of installation; it costs time and efficiency modifying processes to meet what has been provided. Worst of all DCs and manufacturers may not look far enough in long-range planning, only to discover a system is purchased that is not capable of handling the additional operations required in the near, mid, or long term.

E Instruments Announces Availability of Combustible Gas Leak Detectors

LogoWith the great danger presented when gas leaks occur, E Instruments is proud to announce the availability of combustible gas leak detectors, such as the Gas Sniffer 7899. The device is a perfect complement to combustion analyzers as it will pinpoint the spot of the leak. Since it is a small, lightweight device, it is great for residential use, yet is still powerful enough for commercial applications. Its small size means it can be stored in toolboxes while traveling between jobs.

Miscommunication in Manufacturing Requires Urgent Attention

Every day a manufacturing plant floor manager acknowledges there is a miscommunication, or at the very least under-communication. PDP Solutions President, Louise Dickmeyer noted in the company’s recent blog, “Those moments are the beginning of an urgent condition, which left untreated, will spell the demise of a manufacturing organization. Gossip, fear, misunderstandings, rumors are exactly the type of communication that can plague a manufacturing enterprise.”

E Instruments Now Offering BTU1500 Combustion Analyzer

LogoWith the upcoming winter in mind, E Instruments has proudly announced the addition of the BTU1500 “All-In-One” Combustion Gas Analyzer to their inventory. The device is set to become a must-have item for boiler and furnace maintenance. It can detect O2, CO, CO2, combustion efficiency, and excess air, a task that typically requires multiple tools. With everything it can do, many would think that it would be difficult to use. However, the BTU1500 could not be easier to use as it has one button operation and a one page operation guide.

Fourstar Connections, Solutions-Based Contract Manufacturing Company, Laced Up for Hudson Walk Fundraiser

LogoAs an initiative led by Fourstar’s Social Give Back Committee, Fourstar Connections Raised Money to Provide Cooked Meals with Turkeys to American Veterans and their Families this Holiday Season

Hytrol Conveyor and Integration Partner AEC Helps Verizon Move 13 Million Bills Each Month

CSLT-Billing had simple gravity equipment with no programmable logic control (PLC) that was causing problems in their process. Driven by an expanding operation, the company sought a new solution. They needed 13 million bills to move each month between floors, and they needed the lines from 10 machines to merge with no jams or crashes. CSLT-Billing, the bill print and distribution operation for Verizon Telecom was looking for a new conveyor system solution. Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc. and Advanced Equipment Company, integration partner, was able to provide a system that addressed the pain points. "The Hytrol E24™ system was the best solution for Verizon because the system is running inside the building where employees are working close by; it is both quieter and safer to work around than other systems,” commented Ivar Lonon, Systems Engineer and Project Manager with Advanced Equipment Company (AEC.)

Market Report, "Dog and Cat Food Packaging in Romania", Published

LogoConsumer behaviour is experiencing a rapid modernisation. The Romanian pet food market is a very young one, the product itself being unknown 10-15 years ago in the country. If, at the beginning of the 1990s, pet owners were feeding their animals with the same food they ate, the evolution of the dog and cat food market is demonstrating an increasing preference for specialised pet food products. Consumption was stimulated after Romania joined the EU, the moment when prices for pet food dropped considerably, as a result of the removal of the 18.2% import duties.

Soft Drinks Packaging in Romania - New Study Released

LogoThe economic crisis shaped consumer behaviour, with on-trade unit volume sales decreasing by 3% in 2012 as the Romanian population consumed more at home, with off-trade unit volume sales registering a 0% growth rate. Furthermore, consumers were quick to respond to special offers such as offering beverages at the same price but in an increased pack size ? most notably among carbonates, offering 2,500ml PET bottle products at the price of a 2,000ml PET bottle beverage.

Roman and Sons Now Offering Low-E Glass for Window Replacements

LogoAs temperatures drop, those drafty windows that let the fresh air in during the fall are now nuisances that allow the cold to enter the home. The frigid air will not only make the house uncomfortable, but they will also become a burden on the heating bills. Helping homeowners stay warm as the talks of snow start up, Roman and Sons is now offering Low-E glass for all window replacements. Not only will these replacement windows keep the drafts out, but also greatly decrease heating and cooling bills.

Diversified Rack & Shelving, Inc. Now Offering CAD for Warehouses This November

Figuring out how best to optimize storage space in a warehouse can seem like a gargantuan undertaking, especially in larger facilities. Adding to the difficulty of the process, there are a variety of regulations that must be followed in every town to ensure safety in the workplace. As a leader in the rack and shelving industry, Diversified Rack & Shelving, Inc. is now offering CAD (computer aided design) for warehouses this November. Their professionals will help owners get the most out of their storage space, laterally and vertically.

Wire Technologies Offering Customized EDM Wire Cutting Services This Winter

LogoThere are numerous industries that need a product or prototype designed or manufactured to meet specific requirements. Whether in the aerospace, military, energy, medical or oil industries, every design is unique. To provide clients with a precisely manufactured prototype design, Wire Technologies is announcing they are now offering customized EDM wire cutting services throughout the winter. The company operates inside a state-of-the-art machining facility in the heart of South Florida.

Spike's Trophies Announces Holiday Gift Sets for Sale

LogoDeciding on what to get friends, coworkers, and family as a gift for the holidays can be stressful and time-consuming. It’s hard to pick a gift for everyone when you may not know what their interests are or what they like. Spike’s Trophies, a national company that sells personalized items, promo products, awards, apparel, and signage, is offering a variety of gift sets for sale this holiday season.

DualDraw Now Offers Downdraft Tables and Booths with Perforated Work Surface to Capture Fumes and Dust

LogoDualDraw is now offering downdraft tables and booths with a vented back top and perforated work surface for capturing fumes and dust. Their filtration systems are configured on the basis of their application. These are not limited to HEPA filtration, panel filtration for fumes, self-cleaning cartridge filtration and bag filtration for dust. The equipment is showcased by the company in such a way that it protects the operator breathing zone as well as the cross contamination of adjacent plants. The products manufactured by the company are in a patent airflow design, offering clients advanced security while eliminating hazards.

Home Delivery Trends Increase in Omnichannel Fulfillment

LogoLocal delivery is a critical topic right now because it is no longer just a back-end process that happens after a sale is made. It is truly becoming a competitive differentiator that, if done well and correctly, drives sales and enhances customer loyalty. Nowhere is this trend more evident than in omnichannel fulfillment, where retailers are providing customers with a wide range of delivery options - including ship-from-store and same-day delivery - to win the sale, whether it happens online or at a store. Over the past couple of years Amazon, Google (Google Shopping Express), eBay (eBay Now), Walmart (Walmart To Go), and Nordstrom launched same-day delivery services;

China Company Offering SiC & GaN Wafers for Researchers & Industry Manufacturers

Xiamen Powerway boasts of manufacturing semiconductor wafers with a revolutionary design and in various quality grades for the industries as well as researchers. The wafers are developed based on the SiC crystal growth technology and an improved SiC wafer processing technology. One can choose from 6H SiC and 4H SiC and from other quality grades for manufacturing SiC substrates to be used in a variety of devices.

No Risk Automation Leader John Hayes Referee in AGV Selection

Earlier in 2014 John Hayes launched No Risk Automation, an unbiased, vendor agnostic firm to assist those making automation decisions. Hayes, minus a whistle, black and white shirt, and cap, has quickly become the unbiased resource to help companies evaluate what AGV (automated guided vehicle) is most suitable for their operation. There are often different constituencies in large manufacturing plants and distribution centers who have a point of view as to which AGV solution is best. Hayes is neutral and listens to all the arguments and negotiates a best-practice, cost-effective solution with which everyone can accept.

Increasing Picking Labor Productivity Topic in November Picking Perfection News

LogoThe best material handling solutions move the unit to deliver all parts within an order. Parts are brought directly to an operator at an ergonomic work station. Pick-to-light technology, directs the operator to the exact pick location and displays pertinent order information such as the part number, part description, and quantity to pick. Eliminating the operator walking and searching for parts increases worker productivity. Integrated software allows for the part databases to be synchronized automatically. This includes part additions, deletions, and supersessions; reducing the time to process physical inventory from weeks to days.

United States Manufacturing Plants Destroyed by Rumor Mills

Rumors are like computer viruses, they spread like wildfire, and can spell the death of an otherwise great manufacturing company. Manufacturing productivity is affected by rumor mills. It is impossible to have a constructive and harmonious working environment when employees dislike and distrust each other, and workplace rumors can have a huge impact on the relationships between employees.

Forecast Errors Often Due to Significant Shifts in Demand Patterns

LogoThe demand volatility has become a major focus area for supply chain managers at large process manufacturers. Forecast Errors, a weekly e-newsletter, shares methods, modes, and tools used in a variety of supply chain industries. The newsletter explored forecast errors as the difference between the actual and predicted value. In the current November 24th issue, Forecast Errors examined the significant shifts in demand patterns due to forecast errors.

E-Book Best Practice Recommendations for Food Manufacturers Allergen Control Programs

LogoTraceGains, a full service supplier, compliance, and regulatory document management solution, co-produced an e-book for food manufacturers. One recommended best practice is for food manufacturers to prepare and implement a written food safety plan, which includes a hazard analysis, preventative controls (e.g., process controls, food allergen controls, sanitation controls, and recall plan), monitoring procedures, corrective actions, verification activities, and recordkeeping.

Guangzhou Xindy Animation Manufactures and Designs Cinema Equipment

The cinema experiences have elevated to a different level with the intervention of cutting edge technology. Apart from enjoying the views and scenes, people are often transported to a different world altogether. It is the age of sound effects, motion, effects of smoke, rain, wind, bubbles and snow to create that unforgettable thrilling atmosphere. Guangzhou Xindy Animation Technology Co., Ltd features a wide range of products and cinema equipments across 5D, 6D, 7D and 9D systems. There are 12-seater equipments, truck mobile hydraulic system park cabin equipment and many more products in this range.

Regulatory Compliance Challenges Life Sciences Manufacturers

Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies face a host of compliance challenges, most of them driven by globalization. More complex supply networks, greater transparency expectations, increasingly strict reporting obligations, and highly vigilant enforcement combine to make regulatory compliance a key issue for life sciences manufacturers. U.S. based life sciences companies addressed a small number of markets, which mean that the regulatory compliance aspect of their businesses was also limited. This is no longer the case. With emerging markets now representing an increasing percentage of their revenues, the number of markets being sold into has proliferated, and regulatory standards have become a burden.

New Market Research Report: Hot Drinks Packaging in Sweden

LogoIn the review period new coffee packaging trends in Sweden were driven specifically by consumer demand for more complex, upscale coffee, both in and outside of their homes. So, as the trend towards single cup preparation at home is building more and more momentum, packaging innovators are looking at how to best present their coffee to these consumers on retail shelves, ensuring quality and freshness. In terms of instant coffee, folding cartons continued to grow in 2012, mainly due to aforementioned single cups, such as instant cappuccino, which is frequently offered in small pack sizes. This pack type particularly attracts the coffee brand owners because it allows them to differentiate their products. Visual identity through pictures, colours and quality information are presumed to be necessary for instant coffee packaging.

Monthly Video Series Ask Hytrol Show Conveyor ProSort MRT 90

Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc., manufacturers of advanced conveyor systems, controls, and solutions, provided a video demonstration how to adjust the ProSort MRT 90? divert bank. The current video is part of a monthly video series called “Ask Hytrol” focused on specific topics to help maintain conveyor systems and learn about new technologies.