Articles by Ralph Ruark

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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Firing: What to Avoid When Buying a Kiln

July 1, 2001
A kiln is a major investment that should last 15-20 years or more, yet all too often, the principal focus is cost.
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Investing in Ceramics: Kiln Innovations from Down Under

May 1, 2001
GFC recently decided to offer its products to the U.S. market, giving ceramic manufacturers several new options in firing technology.
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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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The Kiln Community at ceramitec

February 1, 2001
Senior Technical Editor Ralph Ruark connected with kiln engineers from around the world at ceramitec 2000.
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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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