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Cutting Costs on Flooring Could Cost You Big!

Cutting Costs on Flooring Could Cost You Big!

Tom Rychlewski
Owners who experience project failures and budget overruns are often forced to cut or modify scope to salvage their budgets. According to KPMG International’s 2015 Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey, “Climbing the curve,” 53 percent of owners suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year, and only 31 percent of all respondents’ projects came within 10 percent of the budget in the past three years.
Effective and Efficient Waste-stream Management in a Food Facility

Effective and Efficient Waste-stream Management in a Food Facility

Every manufacturer must address it—the ever-present elephant in the room: WASTE. Companies small and large, across all industries, are faced with waste in their manufacturing process. From raw ingredients to packaging, every stage of the manufacturing process must take waste into consideration and how to manage it. 
Improving Operational Efficiency of a Pet Nutrition Facility

Improving Operational Efficiency of a Pet Nutrition Facility

Niranjan Kulkarni
A pet food company hired CRB to perform an industrial engineering study for its pet food nutrition facility. Current work practices were not efficient and were highly manual and repetitious.
Leveraging your Packaging Consulting Engineer

Leveraging your Packaging Consulting Engineer

Renee Benson and Forrest Carter
It’s true – you only get one opportunity to make a good first impression. For a manufacturing company, a customer’s first impression often comes in the form of product packaging. It would seem fitting then that experts would be engaged in developing packaging to ensure best practices are being utilized in an efficient and aesthetically pleasing way.
FSMA: Engineering for Food Safety

FSMA: Engineering for Food Safety

Pablo Coronel and Niranjan Kulkarni
Food safety is non-negotiable. Any contamination in products that may reach customers is a liability and must be recalled. Recalls are now mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that values risk-based prevention for maintaining food safety throughout the whole supply chain.
Effectively Turn Operational Challenges into Functional Improvements

Effectively Turn Operational Challenges into Functional Improvements

Randy Poteat
As appears in Food Dive Magazine, September 27, 2016. It happens all the time. During the process of real organic growth, too often you don’t stop to plan for the future. And rightfully so.
Taste is King

Taste is King

Pablo Coronel
Understanding quirks, objectives and language are challenging for food industry engineers and consumers alike. While eating is necessary for nutritious living, it also has to be a pleasurable experience.  Food products are aimed to please the consumer in several ways. Engineers are consistently taught about ideal processes based on purity and degree of polymerization, but flavor, despite its importance, gets overlooked.  
Improving Operations Can Save Real Dough

Improving Operations Can Save Real Dough

Niranjan Kulkarni
Like any resource-constrained industry facing uncertain demands and external competition, the food industry is under constant pressure to reduce operating expenses, shorten lead times, improve flexibility and increase throughput. Designing new facilities or expanding existing ones is an expensive undertaking and is often ranked low on a list of options for companies.
Optimizing Facility, Process & Packaging Design for Food Safety

Optimizing Facility, Process & Packaging Design for Food Safety

Implementing Prevention Practices Now for FSMA Compliance Tomorrow As many as 48 million Americans – or 1 in 6 - get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year of foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Food born pathogens, like Salmonella, Ecoli and Listeria, contaminate food somewhere between the farm and our table and are typically the result of poor food safety practices. Contamination can occur in many different types of food, during growth, harvesting, manufacturing, processing, packing, holding and transportation.
Simulation Software Enhances Packaging Line Design

Simulation Software Enhances Packaging Line Design

Modeling tool helps companies right size equipment for efficiency and savings.
Process Simulation and its Benefits

Process Simulation and its Benefits

Philip Lyman, PhD – Director of Process Simulation at CRB – discusses how a process model, at the right detail level and properly validated, can be an invaluable tool to compare alternatives and justify cost for manufacturing and manufacturing-related processes.