A row of pulse-fired, low NOx burners with preheated air, like what will be supplied on the shuttle kiln for this project.
Riedhammer GmbH recently secured two orders from a leading manufacturer of green energy products: A rotary calciner to produce the raw materials and a high temperature batch kiln to sinter those materials into ceramic electrolytes. Both will be operational in the second quarter of 2011. Both of the kilns will be installed at an existing facility that is being repurposed to produce green energy products.
The batch kiln has an internal volume of 12 cubic meters (425 cu. ft.) and fires to 1600°C (2900°F) using natural gas as a fuel. It includes the latest technologies for reduced emissions, energy recovery, and high volume production, while maximizing temperature uniformity and minimizing potential contaminants.
The rotary calciner can process more than 500 kg/hr (1,100 lb/hr) of the raw material. The tube is lined with special, high-purity materials to minimize silica, alkali and transition metal poisoning of the material. The calciner is direct-fired using natural gas.
Riedhammer’s experience, responsiveness and ability to meet the customer’s budget goals without sacrificing quality were the reasons cited by the customer for selecting Riedhammer as the supplier for this equipment. The total value of these two projects is more than US$ 5.3 million.
Riedhammer, based in Nuremberg, Germany has supplied hundreds of kilns for the manufacture of a diverse array of electronic ceramic components including advanced batteries, fuel cells, passive components and sensors. In addition to batch kilns, Riedhammer supplies tunnel, roller, pusher-slab and rotary kilns that may be fuel-fired or electrically heated in sizes from bench-top through to the largest custom-engineered kilns ever delivered. Riedhammer is a part of The Sacmi Group (www.sacmi.com), manufacturing machines and complete plants for the Ceramics, Beverage & Packaging, Processing and Plastics industries.
PilkoTech represents Riedhammer products to the technical ceramics market. If you are producing electrolytes for fuel cells, advanced batteries or other precision electronic applications, call 877-350-7382 or contact us today!
The Sacmi group, parent to PilkoTech partners Reidhammer, Laeis, and SAMA will be displaying their new EKO series roller hearth kiln at Tecnargilla, taking place in Rimini Italy from September 27 through October 1, 2010.
The EKO Series Single Layer Roller Hearth is not merely an upgrade to the existing kilns, but a genuine technological revolution which boasts:
fume/product heat exchange management;
the ability to select which fumes to purify;
an energy-efficient design that considerably reduces hourly fume volume; and
the opportunity to have a kiln that can alter its length according to production volumes.
EKO consists of a series of thermal modules called “cells” in which the fumes exchange thermal energy with the material in an optimized manner compared to traditional kilns. EKO also reduces the volume of toxic fumes that need to be filtered and, for the first time, it is possible to differentiate fumes, manage small amounts and subject them to “targeted” purification treatment of contaminants, with obvious benefits in terms of a simplified process and respect for the environment.
The use of cells enables the firing curve profile to be better controlled while allowing stable pressures and temperatures to be maintained even when the volume of product in transit varies. If production is reduced cells that are not required can be deactivated: This is like having having a variable-length kiln.
EKO is equipped with REKO self-recuperative burners which extract the hot fumes from the kiln chamber and use them to preheat the combustion air up to 700°C or 1300°F for immediate energy savings. These may be fitted onto shuttle kilns in addition to the EKO roller hearth kiln.
The EKO Series compliments the H.E.R.O. — High Efficiency Resource Optimizer — kilns that SACMI introduced at the last Tecnargilla, two years ago. SACMI will have three sample modules on display in their booth at this year’s Tecnargilla.
If you would like more information on energy-efficient kilns from SACMI, or are looking for complimentary admission to Tecnargilla, please contact us by email or phone.
Durex Industries, a leading North American designer and manufacturer of heaters, temperature sensors, controls and systems, recently announced its QIXSHIP Program for electric immersion and circulation heaters. Standard catalog tubular heater elements, immersion heater and circulation heater assemblies can be shipped same day, or within a 2 to 5 day window, depending on design, optional configurations, and quantity ordered.
QIXSHIP is a new program that shows our commitment to making standard and custom configured heater products available for quick delivery. We provide standard catalog items as well as custom volt, watt and immersion length configurations without significantly impacting lead times… which is a huge benefit for our customers striving to keep inventories low and flexibility high.
— Randy Nelson, General Manager of Durex Industries
Durex Industries has responded to the realities of the New Economy after the Great Recession. Companies demand high levels of customer support, fast response to their needs, and quick deliveries…all at a competitive price. Durex will continue to expand this program through all of its business lines to further position it as a preferred source for electric heaters, temperature sensors, control and systems.
About Durex Industries
Durex Industries is a vertically integrated, lean enterprise advancing the state of the art in industrial electric heating, temperature sensing and control. Headquartered in a 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Cary, Illinois, Durex Industries serves the semiconductor, analytical, medical, food equipment, plastics, packaging, process industries and general industrial markets.
Pilko Tech represents Durex Industries in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Contact Us today or call 877-350-7382 to get a quote on any Durex Industries product.
Hot off the (digital) presses: An article I co-published with Hartmut Weber of Riedhammer in the April 2010 Ceramic Industry magazine.
In it, we talk about the newly developed Low Oxygen binder burnout system available from Riedhammer. With the proper controls, this binder burnout system can remove binders from a ceramic part with less energy, fewer defects, and more safely than it can be done using classical technologies.
I found this nugget of truth today in my daily review of online newsletters. This is from the mission statement of Los Angeles based kinetic artist Karl Lautmann
The power and ubiquity of technology has bred complacency among those who use it regularly (i.e. virtually everyone in the developed world). While most would agree that we should not place too much faith in machines, in reality we can’t help taking for granted that the light will go on when we flip the switch, the car will start when we turn the key, the plane won’t fall from the sky, …. Yet the capacity of machines to misbehave is endless.
In fact, it’s their nature. While this is a consequence of the laws of thermodynamics, it should be obvious that the engineer, the programmer, the operator, the maintenance person, all must work to coax the assemblage of metal, plastic, and electrons into performing the desired function, and keep performing it. Tossing the components of a personal computer into a bag and shaking won’t yield a personal computer. Normal use, however, (of a PC, a drill press, a blender), will lead to erratic behavior and, ultimately, failure.
I’m fascinated by this tension between what we want, and expect, a machine to do, and what the machine “wants” to do. I call it “machine tension.”
We wish you and your family a healthy and joy-filled holiday season and a wonderful New Year! Thank you for your business in this difficult year and letting us be a part of your success. We look forward to working with you in the coming year!
Mercer Technologies and Midwest Vacuum Pumps recently reached an agreement with Pilko Technology Associates (Pilko Tech) to represent their products and services in the Northeastern US, from Maryland to Maine.
Pilko Tech is a manufacturers’ representative company specializing in heat treatment equipment and consumables for the advanced materials industry, representing fuel fired, electric resistance, induction and vacuum furnaces and a range of ceramic specialties. Chris Pilko, Pilko Tech’s founder and President has nearly 20 years of experience in industrial heat treatment working in sales, service and management roles for a number of heat treatment equipment suppliers. He has a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University in Alfred, NY, and is currently based near Philadelphia PA. To learn more about Pilko Tech’s products and services, visit their website
Mercer Technologies, founded by Mike Mercer Sr. in 1992, is a service organization, helping heat treaters with replacement hot zones furnace rebuilds, temperature surveys, and preventative maintenance from our knowledgeable team of engineers and technicians. Our sister company, Midwest Vacuum Pumps (MVP), is able to repair or rebuild nearly any kind of pump – from the smallest roughing pumps to the largest diffusion pumps. Our work is performed at your site or our 27,000 square foot facility in Terre Haute, IN. For more information visit the Mercer Technologies website or the Midwest Vacuum Pumps website.