Like any other sector, the refractory industry is developing to become more environmentally conscious. New efforts and technologies are driving this mentality in the sector. However, there is always room for improvement. We are going to go over some of the major technology improvements in the refractory industry.
Reducing the drying time of ceramic production is something that many manufacturers aim. However, it is not easy as it requires optimizing the drying parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, and air movement. It involves many variables, but we can tell you some effective tips to acheive your objectives.
The last week of September you could visit two of the most exciting Ceramic exhibitions in the world. This year, we visited both Cersaie and Tecnargilla and we could appreciate some interesting trends in the clay and the decorative tile market.
Using a clay conditioner can help in different ways depending on what stage of the production process you use it in, what type of clay you have or even the type of clay conditioner itself.
Monolithic refractories have developed over the years to become what they are today. This technical blog post will talk specifically about castables, gunning mixes and dry vibratables and how they have evolved.
There is a wide variety of conditioners available in the market, but it's not always easy to find the right one for your clay specifications. Our technicians have experimented with different products and clays and they have a few comments to make.
Reducing variability in materials and processes is vital to making quality structural clay products. Consistency is key to raw materials in the matters of selection, mining, grinding, mixing, and extrusion. Additional processes that require consistency include drying and firing.
Large and thin tiles are one of the most important trends in the ceramics market right now, as we have already talked about in this blog. However, the manufacturing of these thinner tiles can be tricky, and maintaining the quaity is a challenge.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals (REACH) is a regulation that aims to make the handling and commercialisation of chemicals safer. Many industries and markets have had to adapt to this new regulation, and we have identified ways in which REACH can actually bring oportunities to the heavy clay manufacturing sector.
Refractory materials are fabricated in two forms: shaped and unshaped (monolithic) refractories. Shaped refractories include fired and unfired materials with predetermined shapes, precast shapes and fusion cast refractories. Monolithic materials include plastic mixes, castables, ramming materials, dry vibratable, gunning materials, fettling materials, coatings and mortars. Monolithic materials differ from refractory bricks in that they are not shaped and fired before use. These materials do not have high energy requirements, are more readily available, take shorter times to install, can be repaired locally and require less manpower.