Kiln Connection

Kiln Connection: Energy:Take 2

By Ralph Ruark
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You can’t control the markets, but you can take some energy steps right now.
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Kiln Connection: Apathy Alert

By Ralph Ruark
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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

By Ralph Ruark
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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

By Ralph Ruark
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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?

By Ralph Ruark
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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

By Ralph Ruark
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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?

By Ralph Ruark
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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

By Ralph Ruark
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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

By Ralph Ruark
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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

By Ralph Ruark
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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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