Archive: Jun 2011

What "Manufacturing Delay" Really Means

In January 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began warning of an impending shortage in the availability of certain drugs. These included cancer-fighting drugs, asthma medications and drugs often administered in the emergency room. To help patients and doctors track the availability of the drugs, the FDA set up a website where companies voluntarily…

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Common Myths About Organic Food Processing

Organic foods are those that are grown and processed for consumers without artificial interferences. These include fertilizers and preservatives. Because of the lack of “assistance” in maintaining freshness, organic foods have developed a bit of a reputation. In the food contamination cases of late where fresh foods seem to be harbingers of E. coli and…

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Particles That Ruined the Batch

In August 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned drug manufacturer Hyaluron to clean up its act after finding contaminants in several products. December of the same year saw a recall of the famous antacid Rolaids due to contamination. In fact, the pharmaceutical industry news portal In Pharma found that the manufacturer of Rolaids,…

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It's Not Over Yet for Internal Combustion

There has been a recent flurry of new hybrid vehicles, as the hybrid sales generated by Japanese automakers (Toyota and Honda) over the past couple of years have enticed American automakers who were once devoted to the internal combustion engine (ICE) to begin expanding their lineup of hybrid offerings. In fact, the ICE has had…

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Is Scrap A Recession-Proof Industry?

The manufacturing sector in the U.S. is very healthy, showing 22 consecutive months’ expansion as of May 2011. This is a quite a feat after the recession in 2008 that left the entire nation with double -digit unemployment and a bleak future. Firms started producing once again, and hiring. In 2011, the manufacturing industry gives…

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The Importance of Temperature Controls

The simple thermostat is one of the overlooked mechanisms within the plant that actually affect several areas of production. The temperature in the plant regulates not only comfort amongst employees, but also the time it takes to complete a process. The levels of heat and cold also dominate the overhead costs in the form of…

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Implementing Reusables

Reusables can create significant cost savings, a reduction in waste and a more environmentally friendly plant. However, implementing the system will be costly. You must buy all of the products to replace the ones that you would normally throw away, for example. Reusables are durable goods and do cost more than a shipment of the…

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