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Ceralink Inc.: Microwave-Assist Furnaces

Ceralink Inc. recently announced that it is now offering microwave-assist technology (MAT) furnaces. MAT is a heating technology that allows manufacturers to double production capacity while reducing energy and manufacturing costs. Ceralink’s MAT furnace products include 1100, 1600 and 1700ºC lab-scale furnaces with either air or atmosphere control.

The furnaces can be used for binder burnout, calcining and sintering applications. Ceralink also offers production-scale gas or electric MAT furnaces in batch, elevator and tunnel kilns.

MAT is a patented technology that combines gas or electric furnaces with microwave energy to heat ceramic products. MAT decreases furnace cycle times by a factor of two, cutting energy consumption by at least 50%. The radiant and microwave heating are applied simultaneously, leading to uniform heat distribution, faster firing, more complete binder removal, lower-temperature calcining, etc. This technology also offers improved materials properties, including the potential for the densification of nanoceramics.

Ceralink has exclusive license and is the only authorized source for MAT in North America. Ceralink also offers sublicense packages that include feasibility testing and materials development for the manufacture of materials using MAT technology in its Microwave Testing Center.

For more information, call (518) 283-7733, fax (518) 283-9134, e-mail patricia@ceralink.com or visit www.ceralink.com.

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