Resource Management

Glass Works: Consumers Ready to Recycle and Save Natural Resources

A recent survey sheds light on consumer preferences and needs for recycling materials such as glass.
By Lynn Bragg
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Access to quality cullet through effective recycling programs is critical for glass manufacturers. Using 100% recyclable glass containers in the raw materials mix reduces energy use and natural resources, cuts CO2 emissions, and improves economic efficiencies.


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NIST to Award up to $2.5 Million for Business-to-Business Matching Systems

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Through 25 years of working with small and mid-size U.S. manufacturers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers across the country have seen that these companies often need help finding technologies and timely business opportunities, as well as making potential customers aware of their capabilities.


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Freight Focus: Optimizing Your Supply Chain Network to Reduce Freight Costs

By optimizing their supply chain network, ceramic and glass companies are able to develop strategies to support long-term growth.
By John Richardson
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Most North American ceramic and glass manufacturers and distributors are looking for ways to establish and grow their market share.


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IP in Depth: The USPTO's Glossary of Terms Pilot Program

To participate in the pilot program, applications must include a glossary of terms at the time of filing.
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On March 26 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it will launch a new Glossary Pilot Program in which expedited processing of patent applications will be offered to applications that include a glossary of terms that defines the terms used in patent claims.


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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.
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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.
By Vincent Howell CMfgE
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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.
By Arnold Howard
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What are some of the unique challenges you have found in the kiln industry?


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Inside CI: Alternate Reality

If we weren't dealing with a challenging economy, what might your business look like right now?
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I was wearing Capri pants yesterday. The day before that, I had on shorts and a t-shirt. The sun was shining. We had all of the windows open and were able to enjoy a ton of fresh air. Today, however, I woke up to see snow on the ground, with more falling.


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IP in Depth: Effective Preissuance Submissions

Preissuance submissions are an opportunity to present prior art in such a way that a patent examiner will be convinced to apply the prior art to reject pending claims.
By Michael Gzybowski
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“The preissuance submission provision in the America Invents Act aims to bring the most relevant prior art to the examiner’s attention as early as possible during prosecution to enhance examination effectiveness and efficiency,” says Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos.


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Ceramic Decorating: The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products' 50th Anniversary

The Sheraton Station Hotel will serve as host property for the event, which will be held April 5-7.
By Myra Warne
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The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro) will celebrate 50 years during Deco ’14 in Pittsburgh, Pa., birthplace of SGCDpro.


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