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Ceramitec 2009 will be held October 20-23 at the New Munich Trade Fair Center in Munich, Germany. This global trade show offers industry professionals a showcase of machinery, equipment, plants, processes, and raw materials for ceramics and powder metallurgy.
More than 500 companies from 35 countries are scheduled to participate at the 11th Ceramitec event, of which 50% are international exhibitors. Ceramitec offers a comprehensive range of exhibits designed to provide visitors with extensive insight into the global ceramics and powder metallurgy industries.
Energy and Cost EfficiencyGreen and cost-efficient technologies are the trends of the future. Fossil fuels are becoming a scarce resource, energy prices are rising, and cost pressures are increasing. For these reasons, producers in the ceramic and powder metallurgy industries are looking more and more closely at the subject of energy and cost efficiency. In energy-intensive manufacturing processes, tremendous cost savings can be achieved by using product and process technologies that are both energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Machinery and plant manufacturing is by far the most important upstream supplier of innovative technology for the future in all value-added stages of ceramic production-from preparing ceramic bodies to molding, firing and drying, as well as transporting and testing the end product. Substantial savings can be achieved with products like burners, kilns and drying installations; these products can also make a significant contribution to improving quality and reducing rejection rates.
At Ceramitec 2009, the energy- and cost-efficiency theme will be addressed from diverse perspectives (including preparation technology, shaping, drying technology and sintering technology) to cater to a range of specializations. The VDMA (Germany´s engineering federation) and the Working Group of European Ceramic Technology Suppliers (ECTS) and its member companies will jointly present “Energy and Cost Efficiency,” to be held on Tuesday, October 20.
This special exhibition will offer experts in machine and systems engineering an additional platform to present their technologies to a broad trade audience. The aim is to present visitors with technological solutions, to give inspiration, and to show how manufacturers can save on operating costs, improve quality, and enhance their competitiveness.
Other EventsTechnical innovations and the potential for the use of modern processing techniques for establishing new products will be showcased in the “Technical Ceramics and Powder Metallurgy Day,” scheduled for Wednesday, October 21. Fraunhofer IKTS and TASK/Meeting Point Ceramics, in cooperation with Germany´s Powder Metallurgy Trade Association, Fachverband Pulvermetallurgie (FPM), are responsible for the technical organization of this event.
On Friday, October 23, an “India Day” will take place in the Ceramitec Forum as a follow-up to the 5th Ceramitec Round Table that was held in November 2008 in Mumbai, India. This Indian-European partnership meeting will provide attendees with an assessment of the Indian market in light of the global economic crisis. Organizers of this event are the Ceramic Forum International (CFI), Göller Verlag, and the Indian representation of the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA), the German Engineering Federation.
Ceramitec 2009 will also feature a “ThinkIng” initiative, where school-aged children will have the chance to meet and talk to leading companies in the industry and find out about the working world of engineers, electrical technicians, and process technicians. This event is sponsored by the Ceramics Machinery Section of the VDMA.
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SIDEBAR: Exhibitor PreviewsCeramitec visitors and customers will have the opportunity to see LAEIS’ (Hall B6, Stands 303/502) newly developed high-performance hydraulic press. The HPF IV 1000 combines proven technical features, such as HPF double-pressure pressing or the active mold wall and closed loop control, with state-of-the-art electronic and hydraulic systems. In addition to the standard model for refractory brick with a filling height of 600 mm, a special version with an 800 mm filling height (HPF IV 1000 R) will be available for special products such as nozzles and pipes. The MPH 200, a new hydraulic press for powder metallurgy, will also be presented at the stand. The unit’s control system enables it to ensure the forming of morphologically complex pieces while maintaining the high quality standards that the market demands.
Nutec Bickley (Hall A5, Stand 115) has been proactively expanding its global presence with the opening of Nutec Europe in Spain, followed by Nutec Bickley Wesman in India, Nutec Bickley Asia–GFC in China, and a UK Sales & Support Office.
Visitors interested in fine ceramics will have an opportunity to get a close look at the new Smart Porcelain, a jointly developed technique for producing low-sintering porcelain in a single firing, presented by the Sacmi Group (Hall B6, Stands 303/502) and Imerys (Hall A6, Stand 410). The new technique provides the same size, color and properties, but lower new plate production costs.
SAMA (Hall B6, Stands 303/502) will present a new isostatic press for tableware that features cross-beams that are manufactured using permanent mold casting technology and pre-tensioned columns that nearly eliminate expansion during pressing. All of the press’ elements are of modular construction and provide complete independence between both pressing heads. Only the granulate filling system, the central hydraulic unit and the electric control panel (including the PLC) are shared. The hydraulics, which include the latest components and proportional valves, incorporate a nitrogen pre-pressurized filled oil tank to completely eliminate hydraulic oil contamination. A new type of filling valve also increases the speed of the presses. The technological challenge continues with ROF vs. OFM 8, two options for the rim fettling of tableware. Both technologies (robot or article rim fetting machine) have their own merits and will be displayed in the stand to highlight their relevant advantages and applications.
The company’s worldwide team of application engineers, design engineers and material scientists combine refractory expertise with a strong commitment to technical excellence. Saint-Gobain uses its broad mix of materials and manufacturing technology, as well as advanced design software tools, to develop custom systems for the most demanding applications. High-temperature materials include recrystallized (Crystar®), nitride-bonded (Advancer®, AnnaSicon RTH®), silicon-infiltrated (Silit SK®, Silit SKD®, Silit SKDH®) and alpha-sintered (Hexoloy®) silicon carbide, as well as alumina, mullite and zirconia refractories. According to Saint-Gobain, the variety of its refractory materials combined with its innovative design performance results in energy-efficient products and system solutions.
Editor’s note: The exhibits highlighted in this article represent information submitted by Ceramic Industry advertisers. A complete list of exhibitors is available at www.ceramitec.de.