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Refractories 101

Refractories are the unsung heroes of the high-temperature process industries.
By Michael C. Walton
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Refractories are materials that resist high temperatures, liquid slags and aggressive atmospheres, and do not change form (e.g., burn or melt) in service.


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Sputtering Target Innovations

New applications in the photovoltaic, thermoelectric, storage, and semiconductor markets are spurring innovation in ceramic and semiconductor sputtering targets.
By Leon Chiu
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Magnetron sputtering was initially developed using metal or alloy targets with materials having high electrical conductivity (e.g., Al, Ag, Au, Cu, Ti, Mo, etc.).


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Advanced Ceramics Market Development

The transition from prototype to widespread industrial application can take years or even decades to complete.
By Pierre Charreyron
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For centuries, ceramic materials were used exclusively for tableware and building materials. In the mid-19th century, technical development in refractories and abrasives enabled the development of modern metallurgy and glass industries and became the first industrial application for ceramics.


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Digital Decoration: The Silent (R)Evolution

Digital systems provide photo-realistic image resolution and the flexibility to adapt quickly to requests and trends.
By Christoph Gamper
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For the past decade, inkjet technology has been revolutionizing production processes in many industrial segments.


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Case Study: Decal Barcoding for Glass

Digital decal technology helps complete a major tile project for a Glasgow subway station.
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Markes International, a leading manufacturer of sorbent sample tubes, has adopted a new glass tube marking system.


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Materials Innovation: Strong and Lightweight Silica Nanofibers

Researchers have developed silica nanofibers that are 15 times stronger than steel.
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Globally, the quest has been on to find ultra-high-strength composites, leading scientists at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) to investigate light, ultra-high-strength nanowires that are not compromised by defects.


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Using Windows to Generate Electricity

A new electricity-generating coating is capable of generating electricity on glass.
By Patrick Thompson
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Over the years, glass building components such as windows have evolved from simply providing a transparent barrier against the outside environment to fundamentally altering design aesthetics and facilitating energy conservation through the reduction of energy and operating costs.


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Case Study: Rebuild Solution

A rebuild dramatically improves kiln efficiency at Morgan Technical Ceramics.
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Morgan Technical Ceramics, Southampton, UK, has reportedly seen significant improvements in the operation of four of its sinter fire kilns following a rebuild using a complete engineering solution supplied by sister company Morgan Thermal Ceramics.


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Product Profile: Disc Debut

Mantec Technical Ceramics develops process control discs for thermal monitoring and controlling.
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Mantec Technical Ceramics recently introduced high-temperature Bullers™ process control discs. These new discs can ensure a uniform and controlled heatwork profile in thermal monitoring and controlling.


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Market Report: Flat Glass on the Rise

Flat glass demand is expected to reach 9.2 billion m<sup>2</sup> in 2016.
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World demand for flat glass is forecast to rise 7.1% per year through 2016 to 9.2 billion m2, according to “World Flat Glass,” a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc.


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