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Creating an Employee Engagement Culture

Employee engagement begins with individual activity.

The improved business performance benefits resulting from employee engagement have been documented by many studies. Engaged employees go beyond what is required, find new ways to reduce costs or increase value, and are willing advocates for their companies.


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CI Top 10 Advanced Ceramic Manufacturers

The CI Top 10 Advanced Ceramic Manufacturers listing details the leading worldwide manufacturers of advanced ceramic and glass components.

 Welcome to the first annual CI Top 10 Advanced Ceramic Manufacturers listing! Our exclusive ranking details the leading worldwide manufacturers of advanced ceramic and glass components. 


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5 Tips for Achieving Furnace Lining Efficiency

Furnace linings must be properly maintained for a smooth production process.

An efficient furnace lining is key to reducing overall maintenance costs and ensuring that facilities run reliably without undue revenue loss due to downtime. These five tips can keep your furnace lining running efficiently.


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Materials Innovations: NDSU Research Team Coaxes Clays to Make Human Bone

The clays of the Red River Valley that cause structures to shift and buckle could actually hold the key to building better bones in humans.

Whether damaged by injury, disease or age, your body can’t create new bone—but science might be able to. Researchers at North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, are making strides in tissue engineering, designing scaffolds that may lead to ways to regenerate bone.


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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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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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