Articles by Christine Grahl

INSIDE CI<br>Making the Most of Your Energy

The volatility in the energy sector is not likely to disappear any time soon. However, by proactively seeking ways to reduce our energy requirements, we can make our manufacturing operations much less vulnerable to sudden changes in energy pricing and/or availability.
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INSIDE CI<br>Looking Back, Looking Forward

If you’ve read some of the economic headlines lately, you’re liable to feel as if the New Year isn’t getting off to a very happy start. With continued terrorist threats and a potential war with Iraq, many forecasters have remained cautious in their outlook, if not downright pessimistic.
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BCR: Expanding the Tradition of Quality

A new kiln is helping Ochs Brick expand its market share while maintaining its reputation for high quality.
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Raw & Manufactured Materials: 2003 Review and Forecast

As reported in Ceramic Industry’s August 2002 “Giants in Ceramics” issue, 2001 was a difficult year for many ceramic and glass manufacturers. However, some suppliers surveyed indicated increased production and sales in 2002, as well as optimism for additional growth in 2003 and 2004.
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BCR: The Power of Proteins

Natural collagen-based protein polymers are successfully being used to increase green strength, plasticity and lubricity in extruded brick, while also providing a host of other benefits.
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BCR: Better Clay Pavers And Other Brick Solutions

A review of the 48th International Brick Plant Operator’s Forum.
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PPP: Controlling Quality by Controlling Your Kiln

Today’s kiln controllers provide a high level of accuracy, repeatability and firing control in a user-friendly, affordable package.
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INSIDE CI<br>Work Smarter, Not Harder

“Productivity” and “efficiency” will no doubt continue to be big buzzwords in the coming year as companies struggle to regain lost profits, and the pressure to produce more products at a higher quality and lower cost is likely to increase
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PPP: The Spirit of the Season

A solid business model and a commitment to serving others have helped Steve and Penny Carlile turn Casey Pottery into a booming enterprise with a wide outreach.
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PPP: The Colors of Success

Consumers will continue to be drawn toward colors that reflect the natural environment.
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