Why is sustainable ceramic production important?

By Yaiza Paños 29. March 2018

In August 2017, humans had already used up more natural resources than the Earth could renew for the whole year. This means that last year, humanity lived on “credit” from the Earth from August to December. There are studies predicting a consumption of 2 whole planets every year by the year 2050.  Our ecological footprint as a society is increasing and we are reaching Earth Overshoot day each year earlier.  You can calculate your ecological footprint and surprise yourself with how many planets you would need to keep up with your lifestyle. Our planet is crying out for help and we need to understand the urge for a more sustainable style of living.

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Temaer: Other, Clay additives, Sustainability, Ceramics

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

QUESTION OF THE MONTH: How big can a tile reach to be?

By Yaiza Paños 8. March 2018

Tile sizes have been increasing lately not only because large tiles have become a trend, also because of the improvement in the technology that allows to make these tiles. In some of our blog posts we already talked about trends in the market and about avoiding breakage in large tiles but, how big can a tile reach to be?

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Temaer: Decorative, Question of the month, large tiles

How can I reduce cracks due to manufacturing, transportation, automation and handling?

By Jonathan Savage 5. March 2018

Cracking – in whatever stage of production – is a major loss issue faced within all types of clay manufacturing and the reduction/elimination is paramount for increased profitability and yields.

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Temaer: Structural

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

Avoiding large brick breakage during extrusion

By Bill Daidone 26. January 2018

Large Structural Brick

Brick types vary from thin brick to face brick to structural through the wall units. Thin brick allow for less weight and less costly installation. Face brick provide some insulation and are practically maintenance free for the lifetime of a building. Structural clay brick provide greater insulation,  more protection from the elements, and the appeal and durability that have always made clay brick a desirable building material. The manufacturing of large structural clay brick presents challenges to brick makers in two of the critical processes involved in brick making: extrusion and drying. In this blog post we will focus on how to avoid breakage in the extrusion part of the manufacturing process. 

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Temaer: Structural, extrusion

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

BENEFITS OF USING ADDITIVES IN A BRICK PRODUCTION

By Jeff Zamek 19. October 2017

 In the past, potters used to “age” their moist clay in damp cellars or storage containers for years to achieve the effects that are now possible after a few minutes of clay mixing. 

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Temaer: Structural, Refractory, Clay additives

Utilizing more of the raw materials from your mining operations

By Bill Daidone 12. October 2017

raw materials

The raw materials used to make bricks are the most important part of the process. The quality of the brick and the success or failure of the brick plant can often be traced to the raw materials. The planning and implementation of a raw materials program is the backbone of a well-run brick plant. Brick plants are often built in close proximity to the primary raw materials to be used for decades. The quality and consistency of these raw materials normally vary throughout the mine property. When the characteristics of some mined materials are too far out of specifications it may be necessary to avoid these raw materials thus reducing the raw material reserves. Some of the characteristics and some of the ways to optimize the usage of raw materials are described below.

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Temaer: Structural, Refractory, raw materials

How to extend the working life of parts in brick and tile forming equipment

By Jonathan Savage 5. October 2017

In today’s heavy clay market there is becoming a push for more product in faster lead times. This need is putting extra pressure on manufacturers especially to increase throughput times. Although kilns and sometimes driers can be the bottleneck, there is added pressure on the moulding equipment to produce clay products quicker.

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Temaer: Structural

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BioKeram is a new range of products from Borregaard, the world's leading supplier of high performance biopolymers to the ceramics industry, with more than 50 years experience in the ceramics market. With this blog we aim to share our knowledge regarding ceramic process optimization.


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