Consistency in brick making

By Bill Daidone 10. August 2018

CONSISTENCY

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.

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Temaer: Structural

QUESTION OF THE MONTH: How can I make my tiles thinner maintaining the strength

By Yaiza Paños 2. August 2018

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.

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Temaer: Decorative, Plasticity, Question of the month, large tiles

How does REACH affect heavy clay manufacturing?

By Jonathan Savage 27. July 2018

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. 

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Temaer: Structural

HISTORY OF MONOLITHIC REFRACTORIES

By Jack Pongdet 12. July 2018

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.

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Temaer: Refractory

QUESTION OF THE MONTH: How can we measure results of a clay conditioner?

By Yaiza Paños 5. July 2018

Clay conditioners can bring several benefits to your production process, but how can you measure effectively its effects on your specific process? We have asked this question to our R&D experts in the ceramic lab and this is what they have answered.

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Temaer: Decorative, Structural, Clay additives, Question of the month

History, principles and benefits of REACH in ceramics

By Jonathan Savage 28. June 2018

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals (REACH) is a regulation that aims to make the handling and commercialisation of chemicals safer. In this blog article we talk about how this regulation affects heavy clay manufacturing in particular. 

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Temaer: Structural

Bentonite in my formula: How to dry faster?

By Miguel Ten 14. June 2018

For many years, bentonite has been introduced in ceramic bodies to enhance plasticity in an economic way. However, its use in ceramics is not only bringing advantages but also some inconveniences related to its ability to increase plasticity. Its layer structure is responsible for these properties.

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Temaer: Decorative, raw materials, bentonite, Drying

QUESTION OF THE MONTH: How much clay conditioner should I add?

By Yaiza Paños 7. June 2018

Once you have decided that using a clay additive will be the best solution for your production problem, you have to decide what quantity is the best for your specific production process. 

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Temaer: Structural, Clay additives, Question of the month

The importance of ceramic research in Australia

By Blake Stacey 31. May 2018

Blake Stacey, technical consultant in Real Material Solutions  (https://real-mat-sol.com) who has worked for many years in the ceramics sector, has written a testimony about solving production problems and finding the best way to work with the difficult clays on Western Australia. Here we share some of his thoughts:

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Temaer: Structural, Clay additives, Ceramics

QUESTION OF THE MONTH: Where is the best place to add a ceramic additive?

By Yaiza Paños 3. May 2018

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is where to introduce the clay additive during the manufacturing process. This month we will recommend you where to place your conditioner. 

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Temaer: Decorative, Clay additives, Question of the month

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