SGCDpro Washington Liaison Walt Sanders attended a December 2016 meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Coalition. He assembled the following notes on the meeting.
For the purposes of this discussion, a “fast firing” is defined as a firing duration from ambient to ambient within 180 min or less. The primary benefits of implementing a fast-firing protocol include: significantly reducing energy consumption per payload, reduced scrap and re-fire, lowered labor costs, shorter production lead times, and more reliable product consistency.
Many trends for ceramic tile decorating and design were spotted at the recent Cersaie 2016.
December 1, 2016
Cersaie 2016 was recently held in Bologna, Italy, and 94 Tile of Spain companies showcased their latest ceramic tile innovations and collections. Tile companies are inspired by the latest decorating and design trends, including exotics, fragmented designs, brick patterns, chevrons, lines, art objects, textile inspiration, grays, aquatic life, and large-format tile.
President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on June 22, marking the first major overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 40 years. The president called the legislation “proof that Washington can function despite intense polarization.” He praised both chemicals industry groups and environmentalists for achieving consensus despite their usual differences of opinion.