Innovation on a Global Scale

Tecnargilla 2004 will showcase the latest in cutting-edge ceramic and brick manufacturing technology from suppliers around the world.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Rimini, Italy, October 1-5 for Tecnargilla 2004, the 19th International Exhibition of Technologies and Supplies for the Ceramic and Brick Industries. According to show organizers, this year's event is expected to be even more successful than Tecnargilla 2002, which boasted 801 exhibitors (including 244 foreign companies from 31 countries) covering an exhibit space of 80,000 square meters (~20 acres-14.2% more than in 1999), and 29,689 visitors (7% more than in 1999, including 10,697 visitors from countries other than Italy).

Expanded Exhibits

About 100 new exhibitors have signed up to participate in this year's show; as a result, the event will cover an additional 13,000 square feet of floor space in a new hall that was opened earlier this year. A range of production technologies for tile, sanitaryware and tableware will be on display at stands organized by companies such as Sacmi, System, Barbieri & Tarozzi, Saint-Gobain, Tecnoferrari, Nuova Fima, Officina C.M.C., LB Officine Meccaniche, Borax, GFC Kilns, Tecno Italia, Welko, Laies GmbH, Smac, Cuccolini, Garoll, Riedhammer, S.I.T.I. and Sertam.

Tecnargilla 2004 will also include Kromatech 2004, a showcase of aesthetic trends in the ceramic sector. Covering everything from raw materials and glazes to graphic design and screen printing products, Kromatech will offer visitors to Tecnargilla 2004 a range of new solutions and ideas. According to show organizers, an even greater number of companies are taking part in this year's event compared to Kromatech 2002, when the section first debuted. This year, Kromatech will occupy three halls in the Rimini exhibition center with a total floor space of about 18,000 square meters (~4.5 acres).

New this year is Claytech, a section devoted exclusively to the brick and tile industry. Over 100 suppliers are expected to showcase plants and machinery; refractory materials, rollers, kiln furniture and plates; finishing and decoration technologies; and design and engineering solutions in the more than 10,000 square meters (~2.5 acres) set aside for this section.

Educational Conferences

A number of educational conferences will also be held during the show. On Friday, October 1, a session on "Brick Manufacturing in Europe," organized by ANDIL-Assolaterizi and ACIMAC, will provide an update on process, product and project legislation relevant to heavy clay products.

On Monday, October 4, visitors can participate in the 3rd Ceramic Technology Transfer Day (Ceramic TTD), organized by ACIMAC and ISTEC-CNR, which aims to connect potential partners interested in supporting the implementation and development/acquisition of new technologies for the ceramic industry. "KREA, Technology for Creativity in the Ceramic Industry," organized by ACIMAC and the Italian Ceramic Society, in cooperation with Ceramicolor and Assopiastrelle, and "Edge-Ground Wall Blocks: An Advanced Product," organized by ANDIL-Assolaterizi and Gruppo Editoriale Faenza Editrice, will also be held on Monday.

Tuesday, October 5, will feature a conference discussing the "Presentation of the 'ACIMAC Quality Mark,'" organized by ACIMAC.

In addition to these events, the Ceramic Workshop, a collection of displays and exhibits first opened in 2002 to explore possible developments in the ceramic industry in the near future, will be returning to Rimini as part of Tecnargilla 2004. Created by ACIMAC to enhance Tecnargilla's ability to propose new trends and innovation in the ceramic sector, the workshop will again this year be coordinated by IED, the European Design Institute in Milan.

For more information about Tecnargilla 2004, contact Rimini Fiera at (39) 0541-744513, fax (39) 0541-744243 or visit .

Refined borates will be highlighted at Borax Europe Ltd.'s stand.

Tecnargilla 2004: Exhibits at a Glance

Borax Europe Ltd. will highlight the advantages of borates in ceramic applications. Borates have been an essential ingredient in ceramic glazes since their earliest confirmed use in China during the 10th century. They facilitate a good fit between the clay and glaze, increase glaze luster and durability, and lower glaze firing temperatures. Recently, borates have also become an essential component in ceramic tile bodies. Manufacturing trials have proved that adding Optibor® to tile body batches lowers energy use, emissions and handling losses, thereby helping to solve some of the industry's biggest problems-dwindling resources, skyrocketing energy costs and more stringent environmental regulations. Borates are 20 times more powerful than the fluxes traditionally used in ceramic tiles, and they allow producers to reduce energy consumption, enhance tile quality and use lower-cost raw materials. Moreover, borates' binding properties can increase the mechanical strength of unfired tiles by as much as 100%, which allows producers to reduce process losses, along with tile thickness and weight, or to lower clay costs by using local clays rather than imports. Visit .

GFC’s IMPS® technology is designed to improve throughput, fuel efficiency, ware quality and yield.
Visitors interested in new firing technologies can find state-of-the-art designs at GFC Kilns International Pty. Ltd.'s stand. GFC has pioneered production techniques such as the Integrated Multizone Pulsing System (IMPS®), which can improve throughput, fuel efficiency, ware quality and yield compared to conventional firing technologies. The company designs kilns for firing a variety of ceramic products-including sanitaryware, tableware, tile, electrical porcelain, pottery, artware, vitreous pipes, brick and insulators-and it also modifies and upgrades existing kilns and dryers to improve efficiency and output. Visit .

LAEIS GmbH will showcase its HPF III series hydraulic presses.
LAEIS GmbH will showcase its HPF III series hydraulic presses, which feature a pressing force ranging from 630 to 3600 tons. The presses can be equipped with a recently developed, low-cost vacuum system to produce refractories, technical ceramics, non-oxide ceramics and other products at a quality level equal to or better than that achieved through isostatic pressing. Also on display will be the modified ALPHA 800 and ALPHA 1500 presses, which have a filling depth up to 120 mm. These presses can also be equipped with a vacuum pressing device for manufacturing products with a medium thickness, such as wall facing brick and complex-shaped, dry-pressed roof tiles. The company supplies individual machines, as well as auxiliary equipment and engineering services for partial or complete plants. Visit .

A rendering of Riedhammer’s new GIANT series kiln, which features the capacity of a medium-size tunnel kiln with the flexibility of a periodic firing unit.
Visitors who stop by Riedhammer's booth will have a chance to see the company's new GIANT series-large shuttle kilns that have the capacity of medium-size tunnel kilns with the flexibility of periodic firing units. The kilns are designed to provide extremely low energy consumption through the use of high-quality refractory linings and, if necessary, through computer-supported preheating of the combustion air. According to Riedhammer, the optimal temperature distribution in the kiln room, which is achieved by individual burner control, guarantees uniform and reproducible product qualities, while the kiln's compact design allows for efficient use of the available space.

Riedhammer’s new chamber kilns for bisque, glaze and decoration firing of tableware (shown both here and at the beginning of this article) feature a modular setup and identical, exchangeable setting blocks for flexible operation. The bisque firing kiln shown in the photo also features an integrated dryer function, which provides time savings as well as a lower capital investment and lower handling and operational costs.
Other technologies showcased at Riedhammer's exhibit will include the automated CHESS system, which allows the flexible handling of various types of sanitaryware within a single product line or monoblock lines; and new chamber kilns for bisque, glaze and decoration firing, including a new bisque firing kiln with an integrated dryer function. Visit .

Sacmi's new PH4900 is the latest addition to the POWER range of presses.
In an exhibit covering more than 2000 square meters (nearly half an acre), the Sacmi Group will display a number of innovative technologies-including the new PH4900, the latest addition to the POWER range of presses (which also includes the PH3800, PH4600, PH4800, PH6200 and PH7200), all characterized by extensive load width and fast pressing cycles, and the new Monolithos DCM 175 filler box, which is specially designed for whole-body tile designs. The group will also launch Global-Master, the double-boom tile sorting line that has undergone a complete aesthetic and ergonomic overhaul. The unit features an intuitive man-machine interface, thus making the sorting line extremely "easy-to-read," with newly-designed color graphics that allow for immediate identification of the most important machine zones. Also showcased will be Niv's new ADM080, a new single-mold high-pressure (up to 15 bar) casting machine for the production of sanitaryware items with two-part resin molds; Gaiotto's sophisticated de-molding and handling robot; Kemac's new Cross-Cut automatic abrasive water-jet tile decoration/cutting machine; and Keratech's KMSD043, KMSDRR1 and ROLLER VECTOR ceramic rollers. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see Sacmi Imola's latest technologies for sanitaryware production, including LIBRA CCTM, a patented, innovative high-pressure casting cycle control system; GLASTINGTM, a patented glaze-casting process used to glaze the inner surfaces of WC bowls; CFD, a mathematical model for calculating water trap flow dynamics; and QUICK SLIP, a special slip composition for optimizing high pressure cycles. Additionally, Sacmi Molds & Dies will be celebrating its first 40 years by exhibiting the latest version of its upper forming die, the SFS, which features a new control system for even higher quality than previously achievable. Visit or .

Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics supplies a range of products based on silicon carbide (SiC).
Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics will display both well-known refractory products and newly developed materials, as well as spraying nozzles, burner nozzles and radiant tubes. The company supplies a range of products based on silicon carbide (SiC)-including oxide-bonded material, nitride-bonded SiC, recrystallized SiC, silicon infiltrated SiC (SiSiC) and sintered SiC-as well as mullite, corundum and cordierite. As part of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, headquartered in Paris, France, Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics has more than 100 years of experience, worldwide service and quality-conscious employees. The company is dedicated to pursuing individual concepts and customized solutions that meet its customers' requirements. Visit .

Editor's note: The exhibits profiled above represent information submitted by Ceramic Industry advertisers. A complete list of Tecnargilla 2004 exhibitors can be found online at .

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