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Case Study: High-Performance Vibrators Improve Hopper Performance for Refractories Manufacturer

Effective vibrators can remove leftover materials from hopper walls and prevent product contamination.
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Wahl Refractory Solutions, based in Fremont, Ohio, was founded more than 90 years ago by Oscar C. Wahl. Since then, the 60-employee company has grown to be a recognized leader in the manufacturing of precise and durable refractories castables and pre-cast shapes.


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Case Study: Dryer Recovers High-Value Clay Product

An integrated dryer-dust collector recovers fine clay at Southern Clay Products.
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Southern Clay Products, Inc. in Gonzales, Texas, has increased the capacity of its drying process, strengthened the quality and consistency of its bentonite clay products, and reduced costs by recovering material that would otherwise be lost as waste.


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Market Trends: Additive Manufacturing on the Rise

3D printers will increasingly be used to manufacture direct production parts and finished goods in a variety of applications.
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3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, allows solid objects to be built from a series of layers using plastic, metal, or other materials.


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Market Trends: Advanced Ceramics on the Upswing

The global advanced ceramics market is projected to exceed $75 billion by 2020.
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The global market for advanced ceramics is projected to exceed $75 billion by 2020, driven by resurgence in global manufacturing activity, legislation of strict environmental regulations, technology innovations, and expanding application areas, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA).


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Investing in Ceramics: A Ceramic Matrix Composite Journey

Ceramic matrix composites offer many performance benefits in the aerospace industry.
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Three critical factors determine the success of any new material technology: material properties, design practices (i.e., how to properly use and apply the material) and a supply chain that can produce the material at specification.


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Raw Materials for Refractories: The Global Situation for Supply and Demand

Global production of raw materials for refractories will likely face increased energy costs, changes in consumption levels and other market-specific factors in 2014 and beyond.
By Jessica Roberts
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Refractory minerals are used to improve the performance of refractories products by imparting properties such as strength, protection from chemical and physical attack, and slag resistance.


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Enhanced Sialon-Bonded Silicon Carbide

The beneficial properties of enhanced sialon-bonded silicon carbide make it a viable option for multiple applications.
By Kevin Hudson and A.H. Jones, Ph.D.
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Silicon nitride (Si3N4) and silicon carbide (SiC) systems have been used in industry for many years, and both systems have a range of properties that make them excellent choices in a number of demanding environments. 


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Ceramic Cements

Ceramic cements help isolate, insulate and protect components in a variety of applications.
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Specialty ceramic cements are directly relevant to our lives, but we rarely notice their presence. The important physical characteristics of these cements include the capacity to deal with temperature changes varying from ambient temperature up to 3000°F (1650°C) and higher, depending on the specific case.


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Additive Changes to Advanced Ceramics

Additive ceramic manufacturing can serve as a valuable component to existing technologies.
By Ben Becker
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Advanced ceramics have found their place in a number of applications, largely due to their superior mechanical properties.


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Carbon - Something Old, Something New

Processing requirements for carbon-based products are as variable as the allotropic forms of carbon itself.
By Don Buszinski, Bill Harasty, and Ralph Ruark
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Carbon is one of the earliest known elements. It was used by the Egyptians and Sumerians in the form of charcoal around 3750 B.C. for the reduction of copper, zinc, and tin ores in the manufacture of bronze.


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