Articles by Ralph Ruark

Kiln Connection: Energy:Take 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

Identifying where in the kiln pitting happens will help determine what to do about the problem.
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