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Grinding Brittle Materials

Specific grinding parameters help prevent sub-surface damage in brittle materials.

In the industrial world, brittle materials include the range of cemented tungsten carbide grades, the entire family of advanced ceramics—including silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminum oxide, zirconia and zirconia-toughened alumina, boron carbide and others—and polycrystalline diamond.


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Brick Helps Protect New Hospital from Tornadoes

Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., will replace the medical center destroyed by a tornado in May 2011.

A new Joplin, Mo., hospital will employ a powerful combination of masonry and glass exteriors to combat future tornadoes.


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Micromanaging vs. Coaching

Micromanaging is a tactic, not a style.

One of the greatest misunderstandings in leadership and coaching is the term micromanaging. Most leaders never want to be thought of as a micromanager. In fact, many leaders consider such a designation to be an insult or a weakness. When micromanaging is used as a coaching or leadership style, it will most likely deliver bad results, stifle creativity, limit employees’ self-worth and inhibit productivity.


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Value Stream Mapping: A Tool for Process Improvement

Value stream mapping is a useful visualization tool for improving manufacturing processes.

Continuous improvement is at the top of the to-do list for manufacturers in process and discrete manufacturing companies. Industries continually look for ways to improve quality, increase output, meet customer demand, and provide innovations to set their products and processes apart from the competition.


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Seeking a Ceramic Solution for Solar Application

Can ceramics provide the key to the perfect Trombe wall?

Trombe walls, which are named for their French inventor, are the simplest of solar heating systems. A Trombe wall is typically a solid, south-facing wall (generally 8-14 in. thick) that is constructed of adobe, concrete or filled concrete blocks, and covered with glass (see Figure 1).


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Materials Innovations: Expanding the Capacity of Lithium-Ion Batteries

A new framework of boron and silicon could smooth the way to higher capacities.

Laptops could work longer and electric cars could drive farther if the capacity of their lithium-ion batteries could be increased.


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Glass Innovations: Bioglass Helps to Mend Bones

Researchers have measured the effect that bioglass has on the thermal degradation of polymers currently used in medicine.

Jose Ramon Sarasua and Aitor Larrañaga, researchers in the materials engineering department of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, have been studying new materials or implants that are of interest in medicine—particularly in helping to mend bones.


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New Product Highlights: July 2013

Don’t miss these new products from our marketing partners!

This company’s advanced thermal processing systems for high-purity ceramics are reportedly used by customers who required 99.99%+ purity goals and beyond.


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Top 20 CI Articles of 2012-2013

Discover our most popular articles of the year.

Below are the year's 20 most-viewed articles/columns on the Ceramic Industry website (posted and viewed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013).


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Top 25 CI News Stories of 2012-2013

Stories about acquisitions generated a lot of interest.

 Below are the year's 25 most-viewed news stories on the Ceramic Industry website (posted and viewed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013). 


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