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Young Employees March 31, 2017 News

5 Ways to Create a Sense of Urgency with Young Employees

Generation X and Millennial employees are becoming a sizeable minority or majority in many businesses. Workplaces are changing. But that doesn’t mean that every company can be Google or Apple. We can’t all have our ...
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Industry Events March 17, 2017 News

See you at these 3 Important Industry Events in April and May

IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics are happy to be exhibiting at three important industry events – two of them which are free and open to the public – over the next two months. Today we ...
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Listening sales methods February 15, 2017 News

RASA: Four Listening Sales Methods for Business Success

There’s quality and then there’s presentation. With no presentation, quality doesn’t matter very much because it won’t sell. At IRD Glass and IRD Ceramics, for example, we are a sole-source provider to world-class companies like 3M, ...
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Lean Operations January 15, 2017 News

Balancing Lean Operations, Human Innovation & Efficiency

On October 1, 1908, years before the term lean operations existed, came arguably the most important operational advancement in industrial history: the Model T Ford began rolling off of Ford’s assembly line. By prioritizing efficiency ...
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Customer Service December 30, 2016 News

Customer Service: This is What Going Above and Beyond Looks Like

Customer service is defined as “the assistance and advice provided by a company to those people who buy or use its products or services.” Most companies aim to provide satisfactory customer service, but IRD Glass ...
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Cross Training December 10, 2016 News

Cross-Training and Employee Engagement in Manufacturing

In manufacturing, keeping employees engaged and motivated at work is of critical importance to overall productivity. The task has proven to be a sizable challenge for many American companies. At IRD Glass, our employees are ...
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swiss-watch November 18, 2016 News

Running Like A Swiss Watch: Tradition, Precision, and the IRD Brand

Throughout human history, some products and practices establish themselves as exemplars — the pinnacle of what human ingenuity and engineering can achieve. German beer, Wisconsin cheese, Roman sculptures, American jazz: all are the best and ...
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charitable-giving-2 October 31, 2016 News

The Real Benefits of Corporate Giving

One of the many privileges of running a business is the opportunity to give back to your community in a meaningful way. Every single day, businesses share their success by donating money, donating products, volunteering ...
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employee-productivity-1 October 15, 2016 News

New Study Explores Link Between Happiness at Work and Productivity

With an engaging, challenging workplace and a cell-based approach to manufacturing that allows individual team members to use their intelligence and creativity, IRD Glass is proud to have a staff that is both happy and ...
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manufacturing-quality October 01, 2016 News

Custom Manufacturing & Ease of Manufacturability

It’s been proven time and time again that sacrificing quality to keep deliverables on time and under budget is ineffective. Not only is there an array of drawbacks to shipping a less-than-excellent product, it may ...
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leadership-style-manufacturing September 15, 2016 News

Three Leadership Styles: What’s Your Company’s Approach?

Myron Rush wrote one of the finest books about leadership. In “The New Leader,” Rush details some the varying approaches to management that have developed over the decades. Here’s a brief recap of the author’s ...
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strategic-partnerships August 20, 2016 News

What Microsoft, Disney and Telecoms can Teach You About Strategic Partnerships

There are two ways of looking at capitalism. One take is that it’s a cruel, dog-eat-dog system in which the strong crush the weak. The other is that it’s a mechanism that encourages (forces) businesses to ...
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Precision Optical Components July 29, 2016 News

A Sixth Sense? Precision Optical Components & Semiconductors in the Sensor Industry

How do human beings experience the world? We have eyes to see, noses to smell, ears to hear, and fingers to touch and feel. But what allows us to experience and understand the world, and ...
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Precision-Optical-Components-Cancer-Detection July 10, 2016 News

Precision Optical Components Accelerating Early Detection of Cancer

The battle to cure cancer has led to collaboration between private and public companies, universities, scientists, and even foreign governments. Perhaps the greatest push toward finding a cure is the recent National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, ...
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Driverless-Car-Optical-Sensor-Industry June 26, 2016 News

The Crucible of the Sensor Industry

Though it’s hard to argue that tax dollars should be spent on interplanetary exploration when our nation’s roads and bridges need immediate repair, noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has put forth a compelling argument to ...
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Capturing-the-Power June 05, 2016 News

Capturing the Power of One of Nature’s Hardest Materials

The sapphire is a gemstone of the mineral corundum variety. Closely related to the ruby and ranking third behind the diamond in terms of hardness, the sapphire is recognized as one of the hardest, most ...
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