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Riedhammer GmbH (Hall B6, Stand 303/502) (a SACMI company) will also introduce several new technologies at the show. For the tableware market, the company has developed a flexible, modular approach in conjunction with SACMI and its sister companies, SAMA and Gaiotto, that completely automates the manufacturing process, from the initial design to the final grinding. The system uses a number of smaller, interconnected production units, with robots handling operations such as loading and unloading the kilns. The company has also developed a new roller kiln for firing tableware that reportedly provides an energy-efficient alternative to tunnel kilns while offering reduced maintenance requirements and an optimized firing atmosphere compared to earlier roller kiln technologies. For the sanitaryware market, Riedhammer has improved the regulation of the cooling zone in its tunnel kilns and has also expanded its burner system capabilities for its shuttle kilns-including an optimized Fire Lane system (single-burner regulation for large-sized items) and a new pulse burner system. The company has also made advances in its pusher-type kiln for the technical ceramics market.
Other companies will use their exhibits to emphasize existing products and capabilities. For example, Tosoh Europe BV (Hall A6, Stand 318) will highlight its YTZ(r) grinding media, which is supplied as small as 0.05 mm in diameter and is used in the electronics industry in the production of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Tosoh will also focus on its zirconia powders, which are used in applications such as machine parts, electronic parts and tools, watch cases, precision measurement components and optical connector parts. Additionally, the company's fully yttria-stabilized zirconia powder is used to produce the electrolyte layer in solid oxide fuel cells.
UNIMIN (Hall A6, Stand 305/404) will highlight its fillers, fluxes, clays, custom blends and prepared bodies, all of which are engineered to enhance finished properties, improve production quality and maximize productivity.
Editor's note: The exhibits highlighted in this article represent information submitted by Ceramic Industry advertisers. For more information about CERAMITEC 2006, including a complete list of exhibitors, click the CERAMITEC link below.