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The self-adjusting roller kiln, or SARK system, is a Sacmi solution whereby the kiln is automatically adjusted on the basis of the acquisition of various fired product parameters. The Sacmi kiln self-adjusts on the basis of the detected out-feed product quality.
The feedback-based automatic correction system makes it possible to adjust dimensional defects (oversize and/or undersize, trapezoid effect) and flatness defects (dishing or bowing) that may affect products such as white and red body single-fired floor tile (including glazed porcelain stoneware and technical stoneware).
The SARK system involves installing a series of devices in the firing and rapid cooling zones of the kiln. These devices are capable of prompt adjustment of the values that may affect product quality, thereby correcting defects and restoring acceptable product standards at kiln out-feed.
The system’s memory contains records of the most common tile defects and relative corrective actions. Defect recognition and classification is based on the use of a fuzzy control-based system. In practice, imprecise input data recorded in the field are processed utilizing a logic system that approaches human intelligence and incorporates and emulates the know-how of ceramic sector experts. The capacity of the system to correct defects is comparable to the manual actions that might be performed by an expert operator constantly in charge of supervising kiln operation.
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