Miguel Ten

Miguel Ten is Technical Application Manager Ceramics for Borregaard. He holds a degree in chemistry from the University of Zaragoza specializing in organic chemistry. He has been working in the ceramics sector since 1997. Mainly focused in decorative and heavy clay industries, but has also been closely related to refractories and additives businesses. He has written some articles for technical magazines like "Ceramic World Review", "Brick World Review", "Técnica Cerámica" and "Cerámica Información". Send Mail

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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

How to improve low plasticity ceramics

By Miguel Ten 15. March 2018

New aesthetics aligned with new technical requirements in the extrusion of ceramic bodies are demanding a new approach when it comes to additives’ requirements. In the past, lubrication and proper rheology were highly appreciated, but today there are other properties that should be taken into consideration if defects such as cracks, laminations, scumming, etc. can’t appear along the process, mainly due to the higher technical requirements of the raw materials.

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Temaer: Structural, Plasticity, extrusion

CEVISAMA 2018: Best edition ever

By Miguel Ten 22. February 2018

It has been agreed by a lot of people that this edition has been the best so far, at least along this century. Lots of new products, designs and all of them below a new sustainability umbrella that is the new flagship of the industry.

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Temaer: Decorative, cevisama

Bentonite Clays in ceramics: is there any alternative?

By Miguel Ten 9. November 2017

Bentonite  has been used in ceramics for many years due to the way it  performs in terms of plasticity and workability. Nonetheless, there are some alternative approaches that may ease its replacement, as they show some undesirable side effects when introduced into formulations.

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Temaer: Decorative, bentonite

How to improve Lubrication of the molds during your ceramic process

By Miguel Ten 28. September 2017

The pressing stage is one of the most demanding in the production of ceramic bodies. Therefore, gaining any improvements here is directly translated into savings along the production process. These improvements will help to optimize the total costs of the manufactured products by reducing losses whilst improving the quality of the shaped materials.

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Temaer: Decorative, Refractory, Plasticity, lubrication

Reduction of plastic clays usage on the production of tiles - is it possible?

By Miguel Ten 10. August 2017

One of the main challenges of the Ceramic Industry is related to the lack of good quality plastic clays. Though there are many reliable sources, its cost is banning industrial usages, especially in a moment when tiles are becoming larger and larger. Furthermore, if we consider how market is moving towards higher performance requirements, this situation is not showing any ways of changing

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Temaer: Decorative, Plasticity

Clay formulation improvement for a better decorative tile production

By Miguel Ten 13. July 2017

Clay body formulation has been in a continuous evolution since the modern-day tile industry trended towards large and more aesthetic in appearance. This evolution is calling for adjustments to achieve required performances whilst optimizing production costs.

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Temaer: Decorative

Decorative tiles from low plasticity clays: How to overcome challenges and keep high quality?

By Miguel Ten 15. June 2017

The clay does not last forever and, with limited deposits and high market demands, the best clay is very expensive. Add to that the conflict in Crimea, where the Russian occupation has choked the supply of cheap Ukrainian high-quality clay, and you face a situation where lack of supply has caused the raw material prices to increase five times since the manufacturers started using it. This is, of course, critical for the industry, but the forward leaning manufacturers go looking for alternative sources.

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Temaer: Decorative, Plasticity, case study

4 cost effective ways to improve Ceramic Green Strength

By Miguel Ten 30. May 2017

Having a less fragile clay body after the tile is pressed is not only down to buying expensive high plasticity clay. There are workarounds to increase the Ceramic Green Strength without emptying your pockets. Read on to find a solution that fits your production.

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Temaer: Decorative, Green Strength

How to avoid tile Breakage when producing large and thin tiles

By Miguel Ten 16. May 2017

Market trends are not easy to predict, but sometimes they are even difficult to evaluate in hindsight. The popularity of large ceramic tiles was initially a result of creative Italian producers experimenting with their product. Why they became so popular is still subject to discussions, but their impact on the market means that manufacturers need to adjust their business models to be competitive.

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Temaer: Decorative

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