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<strong>KILN CONNECTION</strong>: Safety First

By Ralph Ruark
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If you have a kiln, it is wise to take several safety steps. Sound like too much trouble? Can't afford the downtime? Then you could have a surprise coming from your kiln, and it will mark the worst day of your career.



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CERAMIC DECORATING: Toxics in Packaging Compliance

By Andrew Bopp
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The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) sent letters in mid-2006 to six beverage distributors asking them to confirm compliance with the group's model packaging law that bans the intentional addition of four metals, including lead and cadmium, to packaging.

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<strong>INSIDE <em>CI</em></strong>: A Fresh Start

By Susan Sutton
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January is always such an exciting month-the whole rest of the year is out there, just waiting for us to make the most of it. What will 2007 bring? Challenges, to be sure-but many opportunities and triumphs as well.
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<strong>CERAMIC INNOVATIONS</strong>: Going Nuclear

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Ceradyne is expanding to produce components for waste containment systems for spent fuel rods generated by nuclear power plants.
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<strong>KILN CONNECTION</strong>: Silver Bullets, Anyone?

By Ralph Ruark
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Everyone is looking for a silver bullet-that miracle weight loss pill, cold prevention remedy, or special golf swing training aid that makes you drive like Tiger. Most of the time, though, the silver bullet just ends up in your foot instead of helping you achieve your hopes and dreams. Then again, sometimes the silver bullet does exist, and companies occasionally write to me with their versions of what it might be. Two of the most interesting bear further examination.
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<strong>INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS</strong>: Homework on Global Sourcing

By Daniel R. Joseph
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Considering the size of the U.S. trade deficit, you would think that working with foreign suppliers would be old hat to most U.S. firms. Yet the fact is that foreign sourcing, particularly what is referred to as "low cost country" (LCC) sourcing, remains new and challenging to many companies, even as experience in this regard is becoming increasingly important.
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<strong>INSIDE <em>CI</em></strong>: Year in Review

By Susan Sutton
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The market overviews featured in this issue of CI provide a look at the industry as a whole-what did 2006 bring, and what lies ahead for 2007 and beyond?
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INSIDE CI: What's the Idea?

By Susan Sutton
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The monthly memo from Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.
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CERAMIC DECORATING: Proposition 65 and Refillable Bottles

By Andrew Bopp
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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

By John Mautner
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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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