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Ceramic Materials in Design

Designers and manufacturers can benefit from an in-depth review of advanced ceramic material properties.

Today’s advanced ceramics offer strong physical, chemical and electrical properties that make them highly resistant to melting, bending, stretching, corrosion, wear, high voltages, and currents.


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Refractory Coating Compound

A zirconia-rich, high-temperature refractory coating compound can help improve kiln performance and efficiency.

After consulting with customers, Anderman Ceramics and partner Jyoti Ceramic Industries identified a need for a suitable refractory coating compound that can withstand high temperatures and control the erosion and corrosion of refractory linings, monolithics, ceramic fiber boards, modules and steel shells.


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Glass Innovation: Glass Helps Solar Cells Keep Cool

Solar cell performance may be improved by a passive cooling system.

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells: keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday sun.


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Case Study: Energy Management Helps Ceramic Manufacturer Put Power on the Plate

Steelite International is finding multiple benefits by implementing some simple energy management strategies.

All energy-intensive industries—including ceramics—are vulnerable to massive unilateral increases in UK energy and carbon costs.


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Cutting Costs in Photovoltaics: Glass Manufacturing

Efficiency gains for photovoltaics may still be captured in the upstream stages of the value chain, such as in glass manufacturing.

Although the costs for solar power have come down considerably, photovoltaics (PVs) are still unable to compete with conventional energy sources.


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Assessing Critical Raw Materials in the Ceramic Industry

Critical raw materials have a high economic importance to the EU.

Jack Bedder, senior analyst with Roskill, shares details regarding the European Commission’s (EC) assessment of critical materials, including a report updated in 2014 that includes materials such as borates, fluorspar, magnesite, rare earths and more.


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Continued Growth for Ceramic-Based and Other Permanent Magnets

Ceramic-based and other permanent magnets are used in many industrial applications for their high strength, demagnetization resistance and corrosion resistance.

Permanent magnets are a vital part of modern life. They are found in or used to produce almost every modern convenience today, from air conditioners and washing machines to speakers in mobile phones and electric motors in hybrid cars.


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2014 CI Top 10: Leading Worldwide Manufacturers of Advanced Ceramics, Glasses and Refractories

We evaluated survey details combined with information gleaned from company websites, annual reports, press releases, etc. to develop the rankings.

We’re pleased to present the second annual CI Top 10! Following the success of the inaugural ranking last year, and taking into account your suggestions, we’ve expanded the scope of the CI Top 10 to include not only the leading worldwide manufacturers of advanced ceramics, but also advanced glasses and refractories.


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Rise of Wireless Technology Poses Security Risks for Manufacturers

More manufacturing workers are now using their own mobile devices to monitor and control industrial equipment.

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon that is reshaping information technology (IT) in business offices now is spreading to the manufacturing sector, with employee-owned smartphones and media tablets playing an increasingly important role in manufacturing settings this year and beyond.


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Retrofit Revolution: How to Get the Most out of Your Existing Ceramic Process Equipment

From time and cost savings to additional capabilities, process equipment retrofits can provide a range of benefits for ceramic manufacturers.

When evaluating your ceramic processing equipment and its capabilities, do you ever wish that certain pieces were newer models with better features?


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