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CERAMIC DECORATING: Proposition 65 and Refillable Bottles

November 1, 2006
Although there is no official state warning threshold for non-food contact surfaces of glass and ceramicware, Proposition 65 warnings are an option for companies that want to establish a defense against allegations that ware exposes consumers in California to lead or cadmium.
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SUCCESS STRATEGIES: Solving Problems-the Right Way

November 1, 2006
Adapting your business in order to solve problems is a vital part of becoming (and remaining) successful. Every business has problems, and the best businesses are constantly in a problem-solving mode. But how should problems be solved?
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INSIDE CI: Material Developments

October 1, 2006
The monthly editor's memo from Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Evaluating New Environmental Regulations

September 1, 2006
In mid-July, the Ceramic Manufacturers Association (CerMA) was made aware of a new draft of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for the clay ceramics manufacturing industry.
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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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INSIDE CI: Hot, Hot, Hot

September 1, 2006
While Mother Nature's extreme temperatures can be devastating, the thermal processes used in the ceramic and related industries are much more predictable, controlled and beneficial.
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REFRACTORIES REVIEW: Destination, St. Louis

August 1, 2006
The 42nd Annual Symposium on Refractories, sponsored by the St. Louis Section and the Refractory Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society, was held in St. Louis, Mo., March 29-30, 2006, with about 120 attendees. The theme of the meeting was "Advances in Raw Materials," and the event featured an exposition with 17 exhibitors in addition to the technical program.
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INSIDE CI: A Perfect Stagecoach

August 1, 2006
Modern ceramic and glass manufacturers face a dual challenge-how to cost-effectively manufacture high-quality standard products while simultaneously developing new products and services to remain competitive and meet increasing customer needs.
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SUCCESS STRATEGIES: Change is Good

August 1, 2006
A mind is a lot like a parachute-it only works if it opens. If you really want to increase profitability and cash flow in your business, then you must welcome change.
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INSIDE CI (EDITOR'S MEMO): Technically Speaking

June 1, 2006
Many people equate the word "technical" with "boring." Not so in our industry. Technical ceramics and glasses are exciting, rapidly growing industry segments. From traditional and alternative energy sources to fibers and coatings to liquid crystal and other types of displays, the applications for technical ceramics and glasses are nearly endless.
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