Additive manufacturing (AM) of ceramics doesn’t seem to garner the same attention as AM for plastics and metals. Our industry is smaller, and our products are more often behind the scenes in applications. Ceramic processing is also more complicated in many ways than that for plastics and metals.
No industry can thrive without a strong support base of responsive, quality suppliers. We sought to celebrate suppliers to the ceramic and related industries with our 2017 Ceramic Industry Supplier of the Year Award, and we were thrilled to receive many enthusiastic nominations.
From next-generation missile domes for defense systems to hip implant components for the medical industry, the mechanical properties of ceramic materials make them ideal for a wide range of applications.
Many people would say that the economy is picking up—or at a minimum, no longer stagnant. As their businesses grow, ceramic manufacturers can choose to handle external and internal growth requirements in different ways.
Successful ceramic manufacturing requires the correct identification of phases and an understanding of microstructure in starting powders and finished products.
May 1, 2017
Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques can trace their origin to the pioneering work of Debye and Scherrer in Europe (1916) and Hull in the U.S. (1917).1 Their results dispelled the belief that grinding a single crystal to a powder would destroy crystallinity.
A technical glass component manufacturer is reaping multiple benefits by accurately measuring temperature within its glass melt tank.
May 1, 2017
For nearly a century, Les Andelys, France-based Holophane has produced and transformed glass for technical applications, specifically optical glass components for automotive lighting. It has set itself apart by its understanding of both pressed glass and optics, as well as its ability to combine these two skills
Using five ingredients (silicon, boron, carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen), Gurpreet Singh, the Harold O. and Jane C. Massey Neff associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, has created a liquid polymer that can transform into a ceramic with valuable thermal, optical, and electronic properties.
A new line of kiln furniture suited to the production of catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters was introduced at Ceramics Expo 2017.
May 1, 2017
Ceramics Expo 2017 was chosen for the launch of a new range of kiln furniture from Morgan Advanced Materials. Suited to the production of catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters (DPFs), Halsic-N is a nitride-bonded silicon carbide with a microstructure that offers increased mechanical strength and greater durability than the typical materials used for firing honeycomb structures.
Brick manufacturers share insights regarding residential and commercial brick trends for 2017.
May 1, 2017
Brick Industry Association (BIA) member manufacturers around the country have reported that residential and commercial brick trends include whites, light grays, ivories, rough-hewn textures, glazed brick and larger brick sizes.
We’ve all heard the old adage that “the customer is king.” To a certain extent, I subscribe to that concept. We certainly need to make sure that we’re meeting our customers’ needs and keeping them happy.
Members of the glass recycling supply chain, along with local and state agency partners, are critical components to set up and facilitate many community and state glass recycling programs. Partnerships in the recycling arena are not necessarily limited to funding or capital investment for equipment or infrastructure, and often focus on recyclable materials purchasing agreements, as well as steady end markets for glass recyclables.