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Zochem Implements CRM System

Zochem, a subsidiary of Horsehead Holding Corp., recently announced it has implemented a customer resource management system (CRM).


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Case Study: Energy Management Helps Ceramic Manufacturer Put Power on the Plate

Steelite International is finding multiple benefits by implementing some simple energy management strategies.

All energy-intensive industries—including ceramics—are vulnerable to massive unilateral increases in UK energy and carbon costs.


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Glass Works: Glass Container Industry Pursues Sustainability Goal

Recycled content used in the glass container industry continues to grow.

Recognizing the need to protect the environment and conserve valuable energy resources, the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) announced in December 2008 that its member companies were committed to using at least 50% recycled glass in the manufacture of new glass bottles and jars by 2013.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Most North American ceramic and glass manufacturers and distributors are looking for ways to establish and grow their market share.


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