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Case Study: Ceramic Foam Debinding and Sintering

A custom furnace system has been developed for debinding and sintering ceramic foams.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) in Dresden, Germany, carries out research into advanced ceramics, ranging from preliminary research through to a wide range of sophisticated applications.


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Market Trends: How Next-Generation Solar PV Materials Will Emerge into the Market

The search is on for materials platforms that improve the conversion efficiency of solar panels.

The solar panel industry now seems back on track following the boom-and-bust period. The sector is still dominated by crystalline silicon (c-Si), but the current upswing means that the search is on once more for materials platforms that improve the conversion efficiency of solar panels.


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The Future of the Low-Set Brick Plant

A top-fired combustion system can optimize temperature uniformity and help prevent thermal shock.

As the country emerges from the “Great Recession,” it’s time for brick manufacturers to look at ways to be more competitive. Revisiting low-set technology offers the prospect of reducing costs when building new brick plants or retrofitting old ones.


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Market Trends: Flat Glass Demand Expected to Accelerate Worldwide

The global demand for flat glass is expected to reach $102 billion by 2018.

 Global demand for flat glass is forecast to advance 6.6% per year to nearly 10 billion m2 in 2018, valued at $102 billion, according to “World Flat Glass,” a recent study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.  


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Supercharging ERP for Complex Environments

With the help of software and performance optimization solutions, ERP systems can drive and sustain lasting improvements for ceramic and glass manufacturers.

Challenging economic times mean that manufacturing executives must do more with less. Heading into 2015, the world’s top multinational manufacturers are trying to find a safe route through an economy known more for the promise of volatility than the prospect of surefire growth.


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Raw & Manufactured Materials: 2015 Overview

The rebounding economy is offering multiple opportunities for many traditional and advanced ceramic materials.

U.S. and Canadian production of crude fused aluminum oxide and silicon carbide remained flat in 2013, at 10,000 t and 35,000 t, respectively. U.S. imports for consumption of fused aluminum oxide declined slightly (1.3%) to 228,000 t, while exports jumped 23% to 23,500 t.


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