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Ceramic Oxide-Based Nuclear Fuel Materials: Critical Considerations and Advancements in Thermal Processing

Advanced thermal processing technology can help nuclear fuel producers meet increasing industry demands.
May 1, 2014

Thermal processing of advanced materials like ceramic oxide pellets requires equipment that can reliably balance high-quality product output, safety, and economic production.


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Brick & Clay Record: Supplier Support

Suppliers are working hard to help the brick industry adapt to a challenging marketplace.
May 1, 2014

The brick and structural clay industry has seen a number of very difficult years due to the ongoing worldwide recession. I recently got some feedback from key industry suppliers related to the economy in general, as well as challenges in the construction sector.


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Case Study: A New Manufacturing Execution System Can Benefit Ceramic and Glass Production

Advanced software tools can allow ceramic and glass manufacturers to plan and control production processes more efficiently.
May 1, 2014

Kerakoll was founded in 1968 in Sassuolo, a small Italian town at the heart of Europe’s largest tile production district. Today, the company is an innovator in providing green building solutions.


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Yokoten: Multiplying Lean Success in Ceramic and Glass Manufacturing

When properly implemented, yokoten thinking can continuously improve processes throughout ceramic and glass organizations.
May 1, 2014

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.
May 1, 2014

What are some of the unique challenges you have found in the kiln industry?


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Investing in Ceramics: Furnace Manufacturer Marks a Milestone

Centorr Vacuum Industries celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
May 1, 2014

The year 2014 marks a major milestone for Centorr Vacuum Industries (CVI) as it marks its 60th year in the vacuum furnace industry.


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Case Study: High-Performance Vibrators Improve Hopper Performance for Refractories Manufacturer

Effective vibrators can remove leftover materials from hopper walls and prevent product contamination.
May 1, 2014

Wahl Refractory Solutions, based in Fremont, Ohio, was founded more than 90 years ago by Oscar C. Wahl. Since then, the 60-employee company has grown to be a recognized leader in the manufacturing of precise and durable refractories castables and pre-cast shapes.


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Case Study: Dryer Recovers High-Value Clay Product

An integrated dryer-dust collector recovers fine clay at Southern Clay Products.
May 1, 2014

Southern Clay Products, Inc. in Gonzales, Texas, has increased the capacity of its drying process, strengthened the quality and consistency of its bentonite clay products, and reduced costs by recovering material that would otherwise be lost as waste.


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Market Trends: Additive Manufacturing on the Rise

3D printers will increasingly be used to manufacture direct production parts and finished goods in a variety of applications.
May 1, 2014

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, allows solid objects to be built from a series of layers using plastic, metal, or other materials.


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Market Trends: Advanced Ceramics on the Upswing

The global advanced ceramics market is projected to exceed $75 billion by 2020.
May 1, 2014

The global market for advanced ceramics is projected to exceed $75 billion by 2020, driven by resurgence in global manufacturing activity, legislation of strict environmental regulations, technology innovations, and expanding application areas, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA).


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