Articles Tagged with ''general business''

Yokoten: Multiplying Lean Success in Ceramic and Glass Manufacturing

When properly implemented, yokoten thinking can continuously improve processes throughout ceramic and glass organizations.
By Vincent Howell CMfgE
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The concept of lean manufacturing has continued to gain use and visibility on a number of fronts. As highlighted by Rick Spence, president of Canadian Entrepreneur Communications, in a recent article about a lean conference in Toronto, “Lean is often heralded as manufacturers’ best hope for cutting cost and regaining their innovative edge.”


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Focus On: Managing a Kiln Factory

Company President Todd Lokash discusses some of the ideas he is bringing to Paragon.
By Arnold Howard
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What are some of the unique challenges you have found in the kiln industry?


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Inside CI: Alternate Reality

If we weren't dealing with a challenging economy, what might your business look like right now?
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I was wearing Capri pants yesterday. The day before that, I had on shorts and a t-shirt. The sun was shining. We had all of the windows open and were able to enjoy a ton of fresh air. Today, however, I woke up to see snow on the ground, with more falling.


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Inside CI: An Advancing Industry

We need to live in the present and build opportunities for the future.
By Susan Sutton
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I have a notoriously lackluster long-term memory. The phrase “Remember that time…” is usually cause for nothing but dread as far as I’m concerned. 


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New Dal-Tile Facility is Top News

This weekly roundup highlights the ceramic, glass, brick and related news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week.
By Susan Sutton
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Last week, readers were most interested in Dal-Tile’s plans for a new U.S. facility.


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Lack of Training Noted as Biggest Obstacle to Manufacturing Success

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Lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success today, according to the 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey.
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University at Buffalo Announces Advanced Manufacturing Institute; Harper International is Founding Member

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The advanced manufacturing institute is intended to support economic development.
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IP in Depth: Understanding the USPTO's Compact Prosecution Process

Under compact prosecution, examiners were expected to prosecute a patent application thoroughly in the first USPTO action.
By Michael Gzybowski
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Under compact prosecution, examiners were expected to prosecute a patent application thoroughly in the first USPTO action.


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Inside CI: The "People" Business

I came to realize that we don't have to be in the hospitality business in order to recognize that our interactions with people can make or break our business.
By Susan Sutton
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I’ve been doing a fair amount of traveling lately, and I had a somewhat below-average experience while checking out of one hotel.


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Acme Wetlands Program Marks 20th Year

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In 1993, Acme Brick Co. Regional Engineer Rick Hice began investigating natural solutions to a natural problem—acidic runoff from pine woodlands located above Acme’s plant in Perla, Ark.
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