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Measuring an Anniversary

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NETZSCH-Gerätebau GmbH, a producer of instruments for thermal analysis, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. 


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Building New Paradigms

By Thomas R. Scott
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In the last 50 years, materials science itself has undergone a revolution that is making technological development both more rapid and more exciting in fields ranging from metals and glassy metals to ceramics, crystals and polymers. 


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Materials Innovations: Ferroelectric Nanotubes

By John Toon
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Researchers have developed a “soft template infiltration” technique for fabricating free-standing piezoelectrically active ferroelectric nanotubes and other nanostructures from PZT.


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Harnessing the Power of Ice

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Using the natural adhesive property of ice to clamp green ceramic parts has many advantages.


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Finding a Toll Processing Solution

By Jeffrey J Barrows
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Manufacturers seldom look for solutions to problems they can’t see. If operations are going well, they do not need fixing—or in some cases, do not deserve attention at all. For toll processing and material sizing processes, however, this can be a costly mistake.
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Brick & Clay Record: Ibstock Celebrates 300 Years

By Andrew Halstead-Smith
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As one of only a handful of brickworks that still uses the “clamp” method of firing to produce a brick that has a distinctive appearance, it is no surprise that Ibstock’s factory in Chailey, UK, has been in operation for so long.
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Professional Learning Solutions

By Laurie Keyser Brunner
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With sluggish growth, reduced resources and tightening budgets as the order of the day, the economy continues to create uncertainty in commercial and government organizations. Even as we await more favorable market conditions, one thing is clear: The makeup of today’s workforce is forever changed.
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Explosive Considerations

By Brian Mathews
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A lot of recent discussion has centered on explosion potential as it relates to dust collectors. Manufacturers are now required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to minimize explosion potential in their dust collector equipment.
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Case Study: Rapid Glass Blending

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Although most people may be unfamiliar with the Kopp Glass name, they are likely familiar with Kopp Glass products. From a humble beginning more than 80 years ago as a manufacturer of red glass for railroad signals, Kopp now claims to be the world’s leading producer of precision-molded, industrial-quality technical glass.
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The End of the Line is Only the Beginning

By Michael Klear
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Manufacturers are constantly charged with implementing processes that lead to greater efficiencies. From the outside, that may sound like an easy task. But on the manufacturing floor, changes to any part of the process, from the beginning of the line to the end, must be handled with care.
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