Energy-Efficient and Environmentally Sound Solutions on Display at ceramitec 2015
Energy and resource efficiency, environmental protection, safety at work, and process reliability are of great importance in thermal process engineering. The industry will present energy-efficient and environmentally sound solutions at ceramitec 2015, which will be held October 20-23 on the exhibition grounds of Messe München.
The claim for an economically reasonable handling of energy and other resources has increasingly moved to the foreground in recent years. The processing steps in thermal process engineering–drying, debinding, sintering–have to meet this challenge. There are a great number of special treatments that need to comply with standards of efficient production, such as hydrogen or vacuum sintering and/or pyrolysis, carbon burnout, nitriding, carbonizing, carbonitriding or siliconizing, among others. Therefore, specialized heating, gassing and conveying concepts, and kiln gas distribution or sluice systems should be chosen for each task.
According to the insights gained by the European Committee of Industrial Furnace and Heating Equipment Associations (CECOF), up to 20% of the machines and processes used in industrial production are more than 10 years old and consume more energy than needed. Upgrading existing plants leads to the emergence of new markets, not only in Europe, but also in threshold countries.
The suppliers of thermal process plants for the ceramic industry have been able to continuously reduce the specific energy requirements of kiln runs and have worked out solutions for the ceramic sector, which can be applied in other areas as well. The manufacturers of refractory materials for the construction of industrial furnaces have developed foamed refractory components (foamed refractories) for use at temperatures of up to 1750°C. These foamed refractories excel by their outstanding insulation properties. They are gaining traction not only in the field of high-temperature applications such as the production of ceramics, but also in the heating and refrigeration industries where they are generally used to fulfill insulation functions.
New ideas from other areas also flow into the ceramic sector. For example, a few new approaches for the development of materials cycles‒ranging from the raw material to the production and recycling of the products used according to the cradle-to-cradle concept‒ are currently also being worked out in the ceramic industry. By proceeding this way, it might be possible to succeed in reusing materials that were pre-reacted in the first burning process. As a result, the benefits of both the improved energy efficiency and the increased material efficiency could be reaped.
As an international education and communication platform, ceramitec offers the ceramic industry an ideal opportunity for gathering information on these approaches and processes and for successfully developing them further.
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