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Better Health at Bargain Prices: Six Ways to Institute an Affordable Workplace Wellness Program

Smaller businesses just don't have the resources to promote and support workplace wellness - or do they?

Workplace wellness programs are very popular right now. In fact, according to the 2012 Deloitte Survey of U.S. Employers, 62% planned to increase wellness and preventive health programs.


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IP In Depth: The Cost of Obtaining Allowed U.S. Patents

The Patent Dashboard report of 2.5 average actions per disposal seems too good to be true.

 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) September 7, 2010, Director’s Form: A Blog from USPTO’s Leadership addressed the then current backlog of more than 700,000 applications, efforts to reduce pendency and factors that contribute to examination delays.  


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Inside CI: Renewed Optimism in the Ceramic Industry

Many manufacturers haven't been this busy in years.

For many companies in the ceramic, glass, brick, refractories and related industries, 2014 has been a year of renewed optimism.


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Taking Things Easy?

Maybe the goal shouldn't be taking things "easy" so much as enjoying our time wisely.

If you’re anything like me, the concept of “taking things easy” is totally foreign. We’ve always got so much to do!


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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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May 2014 Issue Highlights

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Manufacturing Day 2014

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