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Rise of Wireless Technology Poses Security Risks for Manufacturers

More manufacturing workers are now using their own mobile devices to monitor and control industrial equipment.
By Mark Watson
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The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon that is reshaping information technology (IT) in business offices now is spreading to the manufacturing sector, with employee-owned smartphones and media tablets playing an increasingly important role in manufacturing settings this year and beyond.


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Retrofit Revolution: How to Get the Most out of Your Existing Ceramic Process Equipment

From time and cost savings to additional capabilities, process equipment retrofits can provide a range of benefits for ceramic manufacturers.
By Jim Ellis
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When evaluating your ceramic processing equipment and its capabilities, do you ever wish that certain pieces were newer models with better features?


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Ceramic and Glass Manufacturers are Gearing Up for a Challenge

Manufacturing Day 2014 will be a celebration of all things manufacturing.
By Kelsey Seidler
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According to a 2011 report by the National Association of Manufacturers, 67% of manufacturers struggle with a shortage of skilled workers, and 56% believe the need will only increase in the next few years.


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IP in Depth: Avoiding Unnecessary Disclosures in Patent Applications

The distinction between disclosing how to practice an invention and explaining how an invention works is important to understand when drafting patent applications.
By Michael Gzybowski
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The disclosure of an invention in a patent application must meet the “enablement” provision of the U.S. Code, which states that the “specification shall contain a written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it, in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art to which it pertains, or with which it is most nearly connected, to make and use the same.”


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Glass Works: Consumers Ready to Recycle and Save Natural Resources

A recent survey sheds light on consumer preferences and needs for recycling materials such as glass.
By Lynn Bragg
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Access to quality cullet through effective recycling programs is critical for glass manufacturers. Using 100% recyclable glass containers in the raw materials mix reduces energy use and natural resources, cuts CO2 emissions, and improves economic efficiencies.


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NIST to Award up to $2.5 Million for Business-to-Business Matching Systems

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Through 25 years of working with small and mid-size U.S. manufacturers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers across the country have seen that these companies often need help finding technologies and timely business opportunities, as well as making potential customers aware of their capabilities.


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Freight Focus: Optimizing Your Supply Chain Network to Reduce Freight Costs

By optimizing their supply chain network, ceramic and glass companies are able to develop strategies to support long-term growth.
By John Richardson
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Most North American ceramic and glass manufacturers and distributors are looking for ways to establish and grow their market share.


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IP in Depth: The USPTO's Glossary of Terms Pilot Program

To participate in the pilot program, applications must include a glossary of terms at the time of filing.
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On March 26 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it will launch a new Glossary Pilot Program in which expedited processing of patent applications will be offered to applications that include a glossary of terms that defines the terms used in patent claims.


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Case Study: A New Manufacturing Execution System Can Benefit Ceramic and Glass Production

Advanced software tools can allow ceramic and glass manufacturers to plan and control production processes more efficiently.
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Kerakoll was founded in 1968 in Sassuolo, a small Italian town at the heart of Europe’s largest tile production district. Today, the company is an innovator in providing green building solutions.


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Yokoten: Multiplying Lean Success in Ceramic and Glass Manufacturing

When properly implemented, yokoten thinking can continuously improve processes throughout ceramic and glass organizations.
By Vincent Howell CMfgE
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The concept of lean manufacturing has continued to gain use and visibility on a number of fronts. As highlighted by Rick Spence, president of Canadian Entrepreneur Communications, in a recent article about a lean conference in Toronto, “Lean is often heralded as manufacturers’ best hope for cutting cost and regaining their innovative edge.”


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Northeast L.E.A.N. Conference

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Whether you are a top manager seeking ideas to motivate and engage your leadership team, a middle manager trying to better understand how to balance improvement and daily management, or a floor employee who wants to take charge of improvement in your department, the two-day Northeast Conference is the single best, most time and cost-effective means to drive your organization to a new, sustainable level of improvement.

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