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August 23, 2016
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Vision 2020: The pressure is on from the ‘thinning’ of manufacturing
Consolidation through mergers and acquisitions, budget cuts, job reductions and a host of other cost-cutting measures are designed to improve profitability. But what effect do these measures have on manufacturing operations?
Is augmented reality on your brand’s radar?
As consumers elude traditional marketing channels, AR technology might be the mechanism that gives brands a reason to renew their focus on brick and mortar marketing strategies.
OpX Leadership Network: One year after the rebrand
Learn how PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network is driving industry-wide adoption of operational best practices.
Smart labels provide consumer transparency
Label initiative makes it easier for shoppers to find information about products they consume.
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OEE Benefits Calculator Summary Results
The OEE Benefits Calculator summary section (tabs 5a and 5b) outlines a breakdown of possible savings through baseline performance. Mark Hanley reviews how to analyze the data that shows the value of improvement in the future versus current state, as well as the predicted OEE increase.
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Leveraging OEE to boost plant efficiency
Learn how leaders at Land O’Lakes and GlaxoSmithKline boost performance of processing and packaging lines by using industry best practices and tools from PMMI’s OpX Leadership Network—including an OEE calculator. Speakers will share how they used the calculator to unify internal stakeholders around identification and prioritization of improvement efforts.

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Flexible Packaging Playbook
Have you been confronted with a flexible packaging assignment and don't know where to start? Here you'll find best practices and helpful hints-and pitfalls to avoid-on your next flexible packaging project. Leading packaging experts from every part of the process have contributed their up-to-the-minute insights.

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Augmented reality for maintenance applications
Customizable codes and symbols for augmented reality applications could dramatically alter the world of industrial maintenance.
Protecting the plant from malware
Have you heard the news? There’s a new Stuxnet-like malware floating around in cyberspace.
Ethernet market continues on the upswing
PROFINET nodes have started to replace conventional Fieldbus technology PROFIBUS in industrial automation.
Case Studies
In a nutshell: Advanced laser sorter is all it’s cracked up to be
Walnut processor now benefits from higher quality and increased output.
Non-metallic enclosures improve brewing efficiency and food safety
Corrosion containment is essential for preventing sanitation and product safety problems and ensuring machinery reliability.
Bakery boosts output, cuts flour dust with centrifugal sifters
Labor required for cleaning is cut by roughly 90 percent because of stainless steel construction and a two-bearing cantilevered shaft design that allows quick removal of internal components.
Regulatory News
USDA, FSIS expands resources for small plants
New tool allows users to communicate directly with technical experts from the Small Plant Help Desk.
FDA issues draft guidance for voluntarily reducing sodium
The long-term (ten-year) targets seek to reduce sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per day.
FDA extends compliance date for calorie labeling of certain vending items
Front-of-pack labeling requirements for certain gums, mints and roll candy products delayed to 2018.
Packaging
Pizza package delivers on creativity and functionality
Kit lets consumers make their own fresh pizzas at home.
New polypropylene product provides stronger packaging
Applications include food packaging containers as well as caps and closures.
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