The 2017 Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR) will have much to offer for refractories professionals from around the world.
September 1, 2017
The 2017 Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR) will offer keynote speakers, technical sessions, exhibits and multiple networking opportunities for refractories professionals from around the world.
Careful collaboration between end users and refractories material suppliers can minimize the risk of failure and improve reliability.
September 1, 2017
Refractory materials and lining reliability are key to increasing the performance of kilns, furnaces, fired heaters, incinerators, and reactors across a range of industries. Not only can the right refractory lining optimize production yield and minimize energy costs, but it can also enable consistent high performance of a furnace over the lifecycle of the refractory lining, in some cases for as long as 20 years.
Do you hire other companies to complete jobs in your workplace? If so, do you realize that you could be liable for labor violations that the company commits while working there?
Two pending cases (and one recently decided case) will alter how franchisees, general and sub-contractors, and other companies operate.
The world of manufacturing is ever changing. The economic outlook projects improvement in manufacturing conditions, but thousands, and even millions, of jobs in the U.S. go unfulfilled because of a skills gap. As such, the skills gap has challenged workforce developers nationwide. As the McKinsey Global Institute points out in a recent study, “Workforce availability threatens to reduce economic growth by 40%, despite continuing productivity from automation and other elements of supply-chain optimization.”
The companies included in the ranking highlight the ongoing technical achievements of the “advanced” sectors of our industry. These manufacturers provide key advanced technologies and products for industries ranging from automotive and aerospace to electronics, security and defense, and medical/dental.
Early in my career, an inventor came to my office to talk about patenting his invention. After I advised him about having a patentability search conducted and then explained all that is involved in preparing and prosecuting a patent application, he had one question: “When can I make some money on this?”
As a materials person, do you feel left behind by the boom of all things “e” in the last 20 years? If so, don’t despair. As a member of the glass and ceramic community, you are part of an old and necessary profession. For example, while vacationing in the historic Jamestown-Colonial Williamsburg area of Virginia this past summer, I was amazed and pleased to learn that some of the first entrepreneurial ventures attempted in English North America involved the making of glass and brick.