Kiln Connection

KILN CONNECTION: Bright Spots on the Dial

December 1, 2007
I have been vocal about unfair trade over the past several years. In the past year, though, I have seen the tide turn a bit.
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KILN CONNECTION: Connection Lost

April 1, 2007
When I worked in manufacturing as an employee, I looked forward to my annual salary increase to help cover inflation, and maybe provide a little more breathing room between my expenses and income. What do you look forward to today? There doesn't seem to be much cause for optimism for U.S. manufacturing engineers and technical people.
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KILN CONNECTION: Persistence Pays Off

September 1, 2006
I have talked about energy conservation in this column many times over the past several years. For those of you who are tired of my litany of energy tips, directions and summaries, you will be pleased to know that this installment is not about my work in that area. Instead, it is a report about the success of a hard-working manager in a plant I visited early this year.
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KILN CONNECTION: Bizarro World

May 1, 2006
You know the Seinfeld episode where everything is backward? Frankly, when I look at the world today, I feel like I have been transported to Seinfeld's Bizarro World.
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Kiln Connection: Used Kiln Economics

March 1, 2006
Many used kilns are on the market today, due to the number of plant closings that have occurred in the past few years, and their selling prices often seem very low. Whether it is a wise choice to purchase a used kiln depends, like all things, on the specific details pertaining to how the new-to-you kiln will fit and perform in your facility.
The used option can be a great buy, but sometimes it's a poor investment. Here's how to evaluate the value of this possibility for periodic kilns.
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Kiln Connection: Investing in Energy Savings

August 1, 2005
Invest in energy conservation now, and get an advantage that will provide a continuous cost savings.
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KILN CONNECTION: Focus on Temperature Uniformity

May 1, 2005
Poor temperature uniformity is rarely the result of one factor-many elements contribute to firing consistency.
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KILN CONNECTION: Conservation is Key

January 1, 2005
Columnist Ralph Ruark offers some ideas on how to avoid running out of energy in the current global fuel market.
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KILN CONNECTION: An Ounce of Prevention

August 1, 2004
Here's a suggestion for our managers and business people in ceramic manufacturing: TRAIN YOUR PEOPLE!
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KILN CONNECTION: Interpreting Data Logger Results

April 1, 2004
Data loggers that produce the true thermal history of the firing process are effective consulting tools. However, to fully take advantage of this technology, we have to set up the hardware and software so the diagnosis of problems becomes easier.
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