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Beverage Maker’s Use of LLumin Products Across Five Plants Delivers Continuing Business Benefits How can Asset Performance Management software, combined with enterprise level Materials and Inventory Tracking software, help food and beverage companies modernize their manufacturing operations? Over a decade ago, beverage maker SunnyD installed LLumin’s READYAsset and READYTrak suites to cover its five North American plants - and is still counting the ways. The stakes couldn’t be higher in the every-second-counts environment that SunnyD operates in.  Their plants run 24x7x365. Avoiding downtime through predictive maintenance was a key reason the company installed LLumin’s sophisticated software suites. Avoiding machine and...

Webinar Explores Food and Beverage Manufacturing Challenges from a Manufacturer’s Perspective

There are two parts to every customer case study; challenges and a solution. SunnyD, a user of LLumin operations software for more than a decade, will speak to both in a one-hour webinar on April 7 at 1 pm EST. Register now to hear from the popular beverage manufacturer first-hand.  In short, SunnyD, formerly known as Sunny Delight, uses LLumin to keep manufacturing lines humming, while handling safety and regulatory compliance. Like most everyone in the manufacturing industry, the key to surviving and thriving is minimizing machine and production downtime. Downtime is big money in any business, with an hour...

Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Hours on the Rise, Despite Technology

LLumin's Insight
Hours spent by businesses on compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) rose 10% from 2018 to 2019, according to nearly 60% of respondents in an annual survey conducted by consultancy Protiviti. Why? The company cites that 47% of respondents have neglected to apply technology to this compliance process. Tech-powered operations software from LLumin, Inc. allows firms with manual and fragmented efforts to employ automation that streamlines the SOX compliance process.

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  Many audit teams are neglecting to implement new technologies that could reduce the time needed for SOX audit requirements.

Outlook 2020: What EHS Managers in Manufacturing Need to Know

LLumin's Insight
Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) managers can expect an increased emphasis by regulators on the manufacturing, handling and disposal of hazardous materials this year. The fast-rising awareness of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will drive the overall expansion of compliance efforts for these so-called forever chemicals. Keeping pace with expanded compliance requirements expected to emerge requires a comprehensive, digital system that can produce relevant data and digital documents in a timely manner. LLumin’s READYTrack operations software suite covers all aspects of hazardous material handling tracking, from their arrival to their location and disposal using automated workflows.

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Environmental initiatives will play a big part this year.  

Manufacturing in a World of Disrupted Supply Chains

Supply chains are not impervious to disruption, be they caused by natural disasters (pandemics, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.), changes in political leadership, military actions, tariffs and viruses. That’s because manufacturers often rely on parts produced in countries around the world to manufacture their finished products. In the resulting world of turmoil, manufacturers can take decisive steps to deal with anticipated – and in some cases actual – disruption in their international supply chains. Part shortages are a distinct possibility, a situation that could cripple production and grind plants to a halt Fast action, advanced software required Though an extended parts shortage...

Apple Loses Pair of Key Operations, Supply Chain Executives

LLumin's Insight

The departure of manufacturing operations staff for any reason underscores the need for an AI-based system that captures and maintains the knowledge of maintenance management to eliminate any potential disruption or downtime going forward. News that Apple is losing a pair of key operations and supply chain executives should serve as a reminder to companies that their operations management software must support these tasks. The departure of skilled managers for positions elsewhere, retirements, etc. need not disrupt asset maintenance. LLumin’ s READYAsset suite provides the capabilities and functionality needed to meet the departure challenge.

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Apple Inc. has lost a pair of veteran executives who worked in the manufacturing, supply chain and operations group and were key participants in the production of many of the company’s major devices.

U.S. Manufacturing Is Bouncing Back

LLumin's Insight

There has been much discussion of the state of manufacturing in America, with many pundits seeing gloomy times in industries such as automotive. Other forms of manufacturing are starting to show signs of a comeback. In January 2020, some industries have rebounded, and eight out of the 18 industries reported growth, according to research cited in a Seeking Alpha report. Listed in order, these are Furniture & Related Products; Wood Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Chemical Products; and Fabricated Metal Products. Learn which manufacturing industries have contracted.

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After six straight months of contracting, U.S. manufacturing has bounced back based on the ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index [PMI]. The current PMI is over 50 at a value of 50.9 in January 2020. A value over 50 indicates expansion. Notably, the PMI value was over 60 until fall of 2018 when it dropped precipitously. Although the current reading is a positive sign that the manufacturing in the U.S. is recovering, it is only one month’s reading. The manufacturing turnaround in January was driven by gains in new orders, production, and deliveries. However, employment in the manufacturing sector is still...

Amazon, Google, Apple Set Aside Differences to Establish IoT Standard

LLumin's Insight

The group’s goal is to increase compatibility for consumers and simplify development for manufacturers of IoT products. It could also increase demand for home devices from consumers and makers. The initiative, titled "Project Connected Home Over IP," will take shape as a working group with other industry stakeholders, and also involves the ZigBee Group, an organization that pushes for more open and universal standards as it relates to the Internet of Things. The resulting standard will focus on addressing connectivity and could streamline the production of these increasingly used home devices.

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The biggest tech companies in the world will stand side-by-side on an initiative to make smart devices easier to connect.

FDA System Called “Antiquated”

LLumin's Insight

The FDA recently launched a host of new regulations to address foodborne illnesses, but handling these outbreaks is anything but quick and requires meeting multiple challenges. The situation is worsened by the agency’s use of what has been called an “antiquated” system. Every year, 9 million people in the U.S. get sick and 1,300 die from foodborne illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leafy greens are under intensified scrutiny as they harbor one of the causes - E.coli bacteria.

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E. coli in produce causes 48% of food-borne illnesses linked to the bacteria. FDA wants to digitize records to trace sources of outbreaks but has no timeline.

Mobilizing Your Maintenance Management Workforce to Minimize Downtime

With companies across vertical industries seeking predictive maintenance to minimize costly machine and production downtime in industrial manufacturing, interest in enabling a mobile workforce is climbing quickly. Providing maintenance staff access to your data from a smartphone or tablet lets them stay on top of issues at any time of day, from any location. The difference between expensive problems and smooth maintenance resolution can be just a matter of minutes.  In fact, the average cost of downtime across all businesses is roughly $260,000 per hour. That's according to Aberdeen Group, a research and consulting firm. The answer? Provide your maintenance...

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