Kiln Connection

Kiln Connection: Energy:Take 2

December 1, 2001
You can’t control the markets, but you can take some energy steps right now.
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Kiln Connection: Apathy Alert

September 1, 2001
I’m concerned about the state of traditional ceramic manufacturing here in the U.S. Our service society would not—and could not—exist without the creation of wealth that only happens when a product is made from raw materials.
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Kiln Connection: Buying a Kiln:A Critical Decision

May 1, 2001
Before buying a kiln, several questions must be answered by the kiln buying team, plant management and marketing groups to arrive at a positive result.
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Kiln Connection: Tunnel Kiln Energy Considerations

March 1, 2001
The dramatic change in energy costs means that we all have to rethink our energy conservation strategy.
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Kiln Connection: Where Does The Energy Go?

January 3, 2001
Understanding what happens to the fuel that you pay for when you fire your kilns will enable you to make informed decisions when you are asked—or told—to reduce the energy consumption of your firing systems.
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Kiln Connection: Developing An Energy Strategy

October 26, 2000
Several traditional energy programs exist, including alternative fuel systems, conservation of fuel through kiln adjustment, and retrofit modifications that improve operating efficiency. This month's column covers alternative fuel sources.
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Kiln Connection: Glaze Defects Got you in the Pits?

September 18, 2000
Identifying where in the kiln pitting happens will help determine what to do about the problem.
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Kiln Connection: Making the Connection

July 21, 2000
It is a genuine pleasure to introduce a new bimonthly column here at CI—The Kiln Connection—and I couldn’t be more pleased to be its author.
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Kiln Connection: Managing Condensation In Tunnel Kilns

July 20, 2000
Volatile constituents can sometimes condense in the early preheat or early cooling in certain tunnel kilns. At times, the condensates fall on the product and cause dirt defects. Sometimes the condensates are so chemically reactive that it damages the kiln lining by fluxing the refractories in both the preheat and cooling zones. In either case, undesirable precipitation of volatiles can cause serious product loss or even kiln damage.
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Kiln Connection: Your Tunnel Kiln

May 11, 2000
Tunnel kilns account for the bulk of worldwide ceramic firing. For many products, a tunnel kiln offers the potential for better temperature uniformity and product quality—with an energy consumption that is typically half that of periodic firing systems.
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