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Happy Manufacturing Day!

The second annual Manufacturing Day will be held today throughout the U.S.
October 4, 2013
Domestic ceramic manufacturing has undergone some tough years (arguably decades).
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Refractories Roundtable

The refractories industry faces challenges, but many opportunities are available.
October 1, 2013

According to a study released earlier this year by The Freedonia Group, demand in the worldwide refractories market is expected to grow 3.4% per year through 2016, reaching 46.3 million metric tons valued at $46.5 billion in product sales.


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Sustainable Ceramic Membranes for Wastewater Applications

Ceramic water filtration mechanisms can help businesses conserve water and save money.
October 1, 2013

Worldwide water scarcity, combined with an increase in population growth, is leading to the realization that water production and reuse must become more efficient. Industries that use large amounts of water, including the food and energy industries, are increasingly on the lookout for sustainable filtration solutions that improve industrial water reuse efficiencies.


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Creating an Employee Engagement Culture

Employee engagement begins with individual activity.
October 1, 2013

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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Inside CI: Crow a Little

Whether you’re a traditional or technical ceramic manufacturer, glass producer or brick maker, Ceramic Industry is here to help you crow a little about your accomplishments.
October 1, 2013

I was walking our three dogs and our foster dog on a recent Saturday morning when a woman pulled up in a car and asked if I was a professional dog walker. This happens to me fairly often.


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Ferro Expects Increased 2015 Earnings Following Procurement Standardization Program

September 12, 2013
As part of Ferro’s value creation strategy, the company is initiating a comprehensive program to transform the way indirect spend is managed, improving procurement effectiveness and reducing costs.
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Coming Face-to-Face with Facebook and Twitter

Social networking sites provide both challenges and opportunities for today’s manufacturers.
September 3, 2013

Whether you are into social networking or not, its popularity cannot be denied. In October 2012, Facebook hit one billion active users.


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IP in Depth: What Happens to Abandoned Patent Applications?

Roughly 85% of all new patent applications are rejected in first Office actions.
September 3, 2013

Whether the process is performed by an independent inventor or a corporate entity that regularly files U.S. patent applications, having a patent application(s) drafted, filed, and prosecuted involves a substantial investment in invention development time and costs, as well as legal expenses. An additional emotional investment is often based on the hope that pursuing and protecting the invention(s) will result in financial rewards.


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Micromanaging vs. Coaching

Micromanaging is a tactic, not a style.
August 7, 2013

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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Value Stream Mapping: A Tool for Process Improvement

Value stream mapping is a useful visualization tool for improving manufacturing processes.
August 7, 2013

Continuous improvement is at the top of the to-do list for manufacturers in process and discrete manufacturing companies. Industries continually look for ways to improve quality, increase output, meet customer demand, and provide innovations to set their products and processes apart from the competition.


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Ian Doggett of Goodfellow and CI Editor Susan Sutton discuss the benefits and opportunities provided by industrial sapphire.

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