Articles by Ralph Ruark

KILN CONNECTION: Gas Pains? Join the Club

Many companies—both large and small—have been exposed to double-plus fuel costs.
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KILN CONNECTION:Fair Trade and the Demise of American Ceramics

What has happened to American manufacturing? Where has U.S. production of ceramics gone?
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KILN CONNECTION: Breaking the Rules

Now—more than ever—when selecting a kiln firing system, look at the design very critically before the price.
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KILN CONNECTION: A Sinking Ship?

Wherever you look—tile, industrial ceramics, various whitewares, magnetic materials—there seems to be an exodus from our shores to the Far East.
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Kiln Connection: Always Question the Data

The late G. Bickley Remmey, founder of Bickley Furnaces, Inc., was a great innovator in the kiln and burner design field. I look back on his way of thinking often when I am working on a technical problem, and I try to imagine how he would solve the problem.
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Kiln Connection: Burner Control Systems, Part 3

Pulse firing, also called step firing, is a method of firing burners to control kiln temperature that has gained strong recognition in the U.S. in the past 10 years.
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Kiln Connection: Burner Control Systems, Part 2

One of the simplest systems available to automatically proportion the flow of fuel and air, the ratio regulator has been used for decades and continues to achieve wide acceptance because of its simplicity, low cost and accuracy
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Kiln Connection: Burner Ratio Control

Fuel fired kilns depend on a variety of means to control the burner air-to-fuel ratio. These systems vary considerably, but all of them require a good understanding of the concepts of flow and pressure.
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Kiln Connection: Apathy, Take Two

This penchant for guarantees has become a constant in the fabric of America, and it permeates our style of management, too.
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Investing in Ceramics: HED International Offers Technical Solutions for Technical Ceramics

The manufacturing of technical ceramics has driven the development of processing equipment that is more sophisticated than conventional counterparts, both in accuracy and consistency.
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