Replace Ukrainian clay and maintain quality in your tile production

By Yaiza Paños 29-Jan-2020 15:37:21

Large, thin tiles have become great trend in the ceramic industry and lately the market has responded with higher demands for those sizes. However, manufacturing these big slabs involves some big challenges. The difficulties tile makers face when producing these sizes are related to the mechanics of the tile, the manufacturing methods and the raw materials. One of the greatest challenges has been the conflicts in Ukraine, where most of the clay to manufacture these types of tiles comes from. This has affected significantly the market pricing.

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Temaer: Decorative, large tiles, Clay additives, optimization, cost reduction

Importance of technical support in the use of structural clay additives

By Jonathan Savage 10-Jan-2020 13:04:33

Technical support is key to ensure that you are using the right clay additive at the correct addition rate. We should always count on a technical specialist, in order to achieve the maximum efficiency of your process and depending on what you are using our additives for, we should take different actions and carry out specialized tests. 

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Temaer: Structural, Clay additives, optimization, bricks, technical support

Green Strength Testing Through Mechanical Means

By Bill Daidone 19-Dec-2019 16:43:09

Raw materials are the most crucial part of making quality bricks. Consistent, high quality raw materials combined with sound processes normally result in good quality fired ware. Unfortunately, in the real world, raw materials vary in quality and consistency. Variations in raw materials such as particle size, fired color, carbon content,  and shrinkage are routinely measured during exploration, mining, stockpiling, and production. Another characteristic of raw materials that is critical and should be measured and monitored is the level of soluble sulfates present in the raw materials used to make brick.

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Temaer: Structural, Ceramics, Green Strength, optimization, Tools

Cellulosic compounds as rheology modifiers

By Miguel Ten 25-Oct-2019 15:33:36

Cellulosic compounds are not new into the Ceramic Industry. They have been used in ceramic bodies for a long time.

In ancient cultures, straw could be used to bring porosity to clay, easing water entrance and hence increasing its workability. It would also provide some air entrance, helping in the drying process, that would take place in the open air. This is useful in hand-made products and in low-automated processes.

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Temaer: Structural, Plasticity, Clay additives, extrusion

STATISTICAL METHODS TO DETERMINE DRY STRENGTH OF A TILE COMPOSITION

By Rosa Mediavilla 13-Jun-2019 08:00:00

A tile’s strength is a numerical representation of how much weight the tile can support before breaking. The results are expressed in N and they may be converted into kg/cm2 using the dimensions of each tile. We are going to go over some methods that can be used to determine a tile’s strength.  

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Temaer: Decorative, dry strength

QUESTION OF THE MONTH: Measuring benefits

By Yaiza Paños 06-Jun-2019 07:30:00

This month we will focus on the importance of testing and measuring results to optimize production. Both on small and large scale, measuring and analyzing results will definitely help you increase your production efficiency.

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Temaer: Question of the month, optimization

Tools to avoid issues with ceramic tiles

By Miguel Ten 23-May-2019 15:30:00

Ceramic tiles may present some issues during their manufacturing process. Most of them do not have an origin in the process itself, but in the raw materials used in the production line. A proper control in the raw materials and in the process will minimize the potential risks of producing second class materials.

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Temaer: Decorative, optimization, Tools

Measuring Soluble Sulfates in Raw Materials

By Bill Daidone 09-May-2019 08:00:00

Raw materials are the most crucial part of making quality bricks. Consistent, high quality raw materials combined with sound processes normally result in good quality fired ware. Unfortunately, in the real world, raw materials vary in quality and consistency. Variations in raw materials such as particle size, fired color, carbon content,  and shrinkage are routinely measured during exploration, mining, stockpiling, and production. Another characteristic of raw materials that is critical and should be measured and monitored is the level of soluble sulfates present in the raw materials used to make brick.

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Temaer: Structural, raw materials, Ceramics, Scumming, Tools

QUESTION OF THE MONTH: KEY TOOLS TO USE IN CERAMIC MANUFACTURING

By Yaiza Paños 03-May-2019 16:28:51

Measuring results is key to be able to understand how your production is going and if you should make any changes in your supply chain. In today's ceramic market, new tools to measure different parameters appear every year, making it barely impossible to be able to catch up with all of them. However, we have found several that we think might be relevant and a bit more unknown. So this month is all about tools!

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Temaer: Question of the month, Plasticity, Scumming, Tools

How to optimize production to reduce costs

By Jonathan Savage 26-Apr-2019 12:30:00

In today’s economic climate and with manufacturers desire to ensure strong sales whilst optimizing profits what options are open to help reduce costs in production?

One could probably summarize that the “easiest” options available to reduce costs could be raw materials, production, drying and firing and reducing losses - in fact it could be argued that all of these options go hand in hand.

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Temaer: Structural, Clay additives, optimization, bricks, cost reduction

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