Four Lessons for Pioneering a New Process in Food Manufacturing

Stellar recently completed a new, state-of-the-art hatchery for poultry processor Bell & Evans. The facility — which is the first certified organic, humane, animal-welfare focused chick hatchery in the United States — is an example of trailblazing a new approach to traditional food processing.

Not only does it employ fascinating and cutting-edge technology, but this food processing project contains lessons for any food manufacturer looking to pioneer or experiment in their own particular market.

Regardless of what sector of the food industry you are in, there are important factors to consider before investing in a new technology or adventuring into uncharted territory in plant processing.

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The Most Talked About Industrial Automation Trade Shows

Industrial automation is an ever-evolving industry. To be competitive in today's market, it is important to read industry publications such as  Fabricating and MetalworkingControl Engineering  and  Plant Engineering. But reading articles and blogs is  not enough. This industry has diversity in technology products and services, as well as a vast global reach. Trade shows, expos, and fairs are the perfect venue for meeting prospective customers, presenting new ideas and seeing what direction the market is moving toward. 
 
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Best Practices for Power Plant Personnel

Over the years, electronics, software and technology in general have become less expensive for power plants, but operators' wages continue to rise-especially as the labor pool diminishes. As equipment is becoming engineered for more reliability and controllability, power plants are becoming more automated. This has become the justification for fewer power plant operators on staff, with some facilities attempting to become or successfully becoming completely unmanned. 

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How ISO 9001:2015 Certification Benefits Customers

 

ISO 9001:2015 certification is a positive achievement for an organization.  This achievement is very important for a company as well as the customers it services.


For Radwell International, there were certain key points that we recognized as major external benefits to our customers upon achieving ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

 

  • Improved Quality and Service—By adhering to the ISO 9001: 2015 standard we enhance all aspects of the products and services we provide for our customers, from the level of repairs we offer, testing capabilities we provide, and the effective turnaround of new, surplus, and repairs we offer. This allows us to provide a higher level of customer service throughout our organization.

 

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How ISO 9001:2015 Certification Benefits A Company

ISO certification is a lengthy and detailed process. Achieving a positive result is very important for a company as well as the customers it services.

For Radwell International, there were certain key points that we recognized as major internal benefits to our company upon achieving ISO 9001: 2015 certification. These key points would apply to just about any organization going through the process of ISO Certification.

 

 

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Understanding the Value of Best Practices

 

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a "best practice" is "a procedure that has been shown by research and experience to produce optimal results and that is established or proposed as a standard suitable for widespread adoption."

The important words in this definition are "experience" and "optimal results." When developers build solutions following corporate best practices, they'll follow proven designs established through experience for general program structure, user interface, and operation. If their organization's standard best practices are already good, then following them will help the developers deliver the quality results their organizations demand.

But what about this thing called "optimal results?" How do standardized best practices provide them? The real answer lies in how they are implemented.

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Vendor Managed Inventory: Five Things to Consider When Choosing A Vendor

After research, you’ve decided that vendor managed inventory might be the right solution for your operation. Perhaps the benefits are enticing for your business, or you’ve realized that your equipment is at a place in its lifecycle where regularly managed inventory will increase the lifespan of your machinery.

If you need a refresher on some of the advatanges of a VMI system for your organization., be sure to read Advantages of a Vendor Managed Inventory System.

If you’re unsure what your next steps are to finalize a VMI vendor relationship, here are five things to consider before making your final decision on a vendor:

  Senior Management Support: For both the vendor and buyer, senior management acceptance and support of the program is the first step in a successful and working vendor managed inventory system. Without the support of senior management it will be very difficult for the VMI system to translate through the rest of the organization as a recognized and working program.

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Advantages of a Vendor Managed Inventory System

Vendor Managed Inventory Systems can be a great asset for many types of businesses. For businesses that have equipment maintenance needs and can’t commit to cost prohibitive solutions, VMI might be a great answer. What is the definition of Vendor Managed Inventory? Vendor Managed Inventory (or VMI) is a business model in which the buyer of a product provides certain information to a supplier of that product, and the supplier takes full responsibility for maintaining an agreed upon inventory of the material. For many companies, vendor managed inventory is the next step in supply chain management. There are many benefits to vendor managed inventory.

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A Tour of Radwell Headquarters in Willingboro, NJ

Radwell International is the industry leader in repairing and selling new, used and surplus manufacturing parts and equipment. We started off as Speck Industrial Controls in 1979 and have expanded to nine different locations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In 2016 we purchased a 312,000 square foot building in Willingboro, NJ to house our new global headquarters. Our new building is an interesting and functional space designed to accommodate the many facets of our business so we can support our other locations and our customers as much as possible.

Our Willingboro building was formerly an Express Scripts Medco pharmaceutical facility. Over a million dollars worth of packages ran through the conveyor systems, robots, and the automation that was in place in the facility. Radwell International took over the facility with that automation already in place. A lot of it we kept and maintained or we moved parts of it into a new area to reuse and re-engineer. By doing so, we were able to come up with a system that best fit our needs.

You can learn a lot about us by viewing our facility.  Not only are we an industrial automation supply leader, but we are a remarkable and multi-faceted organization with a clear mission statement. At Radwell we work hard, but we also make time for social activities and for giving back to the community. That’s a very important part of our culture here at Radwell. To learn more about our culture, read The Culture of Giving Back

 

Another important part of our culture is quality. Did you know that Radwell International is ISO 9001: 2015 certified? If you’re not sure what that means, Tom Foy, Our Global Training and ISO Manager can explain a little bit more about this designation here ISO Certification.

Now that we've completed that brief overview, let’s take a look at our Willingboro headquarters.

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What to Ask Before Hiring A Surplus Inventory Liquidation Service

There are a lot of companies out there that offer surplus liquidation services. When hiring a surplus inventory liquidation service, there are five questions to ask and have answered before moving forward with the transaction.

1-Are you selling your surplus inventory to a real company?

There are many companies out there that claim to be legitimate surplus inventory liquidation services. Unfortunately, in many instances these companies are small, unscrupulous businesses that represent themselves in ways that may be misleading to customers. Instead of a seamless process, customers may find themselves with a less than desired outcome when it comes to liquidating their surplus inventory.

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