Two Industry 4.0 Technologies Primed for the Food Manufacturing Industry

Posted by IMEC on Nov 12, 2021 12:51:15 PM

Written by Matthew Inniger of Manager of the  Advanced Technology Program of CIFT, part of  Ohio MEP. This article first appeared on the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog. 

This is an exciting time in the food manufacturing industry. The innovations and technology associated with Industry 4.0 are making it easier for small and medium-sized manufacturers to overcome obstacles in ways that at one point would not have been considered. While manufacturers have previously been slower to move toward incorporating advanced industry technologies due to the high level of regulation and biologically complex products with which they work, innovation is becoming more widely accepted as a key to industry sustainability. Two examples of such Industry 4.0 technologies are automation and augmented reality.

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Manufacturing Leaders Buzz Sessions: Connect on Critical Issues

Posted by Simone Erskine on Dec 3, 2020 10:07:35 AM

2020 highlighted the resiliency and significance of our manufacturers. Illinois manufacturers have been on the forefront as heroes during challenging times, contributing to efforts to become leaders in global competitiveness. Manufacturing leaders understand that in times of uncertainty, it is much better to navigate the unknown together with other forward-thinking leaders who are finding innovative ways to solve current challenges and build a stronger future.

Dedicated to cultivating ideas and sharing knowledge that can help Illinois manufacturers solve challenges and thrive through uncertainty, IMEC launched Manufacturing Leader Buzz Sessions over the summer. Buzz

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Post COVID Travel Costs

Posted by IMEC on Jul 28, 2020 2:31:27 PM

Written by Options Travel.

The pandemic has had a wrenching effect on the travel industry. Within weeks of President Trump’s European travel ban, airline passenger loads were reduced to less than 5% of the same period (day, week, month) one year earlier.

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What to do During an OSHA Inspection

Posted by IMEC on Jul 24, 2020 4:03:11 PM

Written by Jeff Pacheco - Falcon Safety Group.

Prepare for the Visit 

In preparation for an on-site OSHA inspection, OSHA compliance officers will research the workplace that they will visit, look over previous site inspections, take notes of any citations or specific areas of concern, industry operations, and various compliance that may apply to the workplace.

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Restarting Your Facility

Posted by IMEC on Jun 25, 2020 3:44:17 PM

Written by Larry Bouvier, Vice President of Fuss & O'Neill Manufacturing Solutions.

As businesses and facilities begin to reopen, employee health and safety are paramount. Cleaning, proper distancing, and personal protective equipment have always been important safety precautions, but are now more important than ever. But it is important to remember that while employees are returning to work, facilities’ support equipment itself also needs to be brought back to work in a safe and thoughtful manner. An unused sink drain may weep noxious odors, cooling fans may have burnt out, and security gates might balk at opening easily. The health and safety of your building, and the systems that make it habitable, is important to the health and safety, not to mention comfort, of your employees. Prior to opening a facility, managers need to create checklists and inspect and test all machinery.

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Cover Smart. Do Your Part. Slow the Spread

Posted by Mary Hallock on Jun 25, 2020 12:55:15 PM

If you could do one thing to prevent someone from contracting COVID-19, would you? If you could do one thing to help put the economy back on the path to recovery, would you? Well, you can! And, it’s a simple thing to do. Anyone can do it. But a lot of people aren’t.

If it is that easy, why isn’t everyone doing it? Good question. But here is all you have to do – wear a mask. It’s that simple. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a simple cloth face covering can make a big difference.

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HVAC Best Practices Post COVID-19

Posted by Jesse Brady on Jun 19, 2020 11:42:13 AM

As businesses open back up everyone’s attention is on keeping their employees & coworkers safe. While CDC guidelines regarding face coverings, frequent hand washing, and disinfecting protocols are the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19, there are other ways for organizations to slow the spread. The ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) formed a task force to provide guidelines on how a building’s HVAC systems can help slow the spread.

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Reopen with Confidence – Illinois Manufacturing Return to Work and Recovery Guide

Posted by Ed Huey on May 21, 2020 12:44:50 PM

Co-authored by Ed Huey and Mary Hallock.

In these unprecedented times manufacturers require a more formal approach to hazard assessment and work practices than in the past.

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Caring: One Path to Improve Workplace Safety

Posted by Mary Hallock on Feb 19, 2020 11:33:31 AM

Workers play a strong role in keeping themselves safe due to their willingness to take personal responsibility for decisions that will keep them safe. Safety training and policies are commonly used tools to help encourage risk-free behaviors through building safety knowledge. However, these practices alone will not be enough to create a complete safety culture.

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Staying Safe While Traveling

Posted by Lori Amerman on Nov 14, 2019 9:06:00 AM

How long has it been since you have refreshed your team on travel safety?

Sometimes we are so focused on output and daily management that safety does not get the attention it deserves. Our employees are our most valuable asset. We are also busy. When time is taken to improve our safety and health programs and train the team, it is often focused on regulatory and highly hazardous activities.

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