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Ferro Expects Increased 2015 Earnings Following Procurement Standardization Program

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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.
By Richard Alaniz
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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.
By Michael Gzybowski
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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.
By Nathan Jamail
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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.
By Vincent Howell CMfgE
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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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Glass Works: Glass Bottle Recycling Benefits and Barriers

While consumers clearly know that glass is 100% recyclable, they need to have confidence that the important action they take to recycle glass bottles will result in new glass containers.
By Lynn Bragg
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A new U.S. survey of just over 4,000 adults finds that 65% “strongly agree” or “agree” that glass bottles are 100% recyclable, and 73% always or usually recycle whatever they can.


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Ceramic Decorating: SGCDpro to Celebrate 50 Years

The SGCDpro board has selected Columbus, Ohio, as the site of Deco ’15.
By Myra Warne
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Plans for the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products’ (SGCDpro) 50th anniversary celebration were discussed at the society’s recent board meeting in Columbus, Ohio.


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Inside CI: Continual Evolution

It’s exciting to pause and imagine what might be possible in the next five years.
By Susan Sutton
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I’m writing this column in the midst of a very busy week. Sometime between conference calls and podcast recordings, I realized how little time I now need to spend on tasks that—even just a few years ago—took up the majority of my day.


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Top 20 CI Articles of 2012-2013

Discover our most popular articles of the year.
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Below are the year's 20 most-viewed articles/columns on the Ceramic Industry website (posted and viewed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013).


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LIFETIME BRANDS INC.: Mobile App

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A new mobile software application, Lifetime QMTM, is a digitized, real-time, portable tool that can standardize factory and product inspections.
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