Drying is a necessary step in the processing of all ceramic products and components, whether it takes place as a separate step or is a preliminary step in the firing process. Ceramics are made from different combinations of materials that can be in slurry form or even more liquid, in the case of slip-cast ware at the start of the fabrication process.
Many processed materials need to be thermally dried under controlled conditions. Most drying is done in open atmosphere or oxidizing ovens in batch, continuous belt, or tunnel feed styles. However, certain materials require protection from oxygen or other atmospheric contaminants during or after drying.
The SiClone 200 furnace is a production-ready sublimation furnace, along with process technology, hot zones, and technical support to companies wishing to produce silicon carbide boules and wafers.
July 25, 2017
GT Advanced Technologies recently announced that it has launched a silicon carbide production solution with a stable and repeatable process, reportedly capable of producing high-quality, semiconductor-grade, 6-in. silicon carbide boules.
The award-winning collaborative project involved real-time, in-furnace thermal imaging using AMETEK Land’s near infrared borescope (NIR-B) to optimize furnace operations at Encirc’s Elton site in Cheshire, UK.
July 6, 2017
AMETEK Land, in collaboration with Simpson Combustion and Energy and glass producer Encirc, recently won the Innovative Solution category at the annual Glass Focus Awards, held by industry body British Glass.