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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Evaluating New Environmental Regulations

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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

By Ralph Ruark
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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

By Susan Sutton
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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

By Charles E. Semler Ph.D.
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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

By Susan Sutton
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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

By John Mautner
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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

By Susan Sutton
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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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INSIDE CI: Technically Speaking

By Susan Sutton
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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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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS: Trade War, Anyone?

By Daniel R. Joseph
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It appears the honeymoon with China is over-will we skip marital bliss and head straight for divorce and, if so, how ugly will it get?
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KILN CONNECTION: Bizarro World

By Ralph Ruark
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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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