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Ceramic tile body supply options widened through spray drying

Mantec Technical Ceramics : 28 May, 2013  (New Product)
Mantec Technical Ceramics has announced an additional option to tile manufacturers as it widens its contract spray drying service. The company operates a Netzsch atomising spray dryer on a batching basis.
Ceramic tile body supply options widened through spray drying

The Mantec option is particularly flexible and cost effective. Few companies in the small-to-medium sector have spray drying facilities but nevertheless require granulate for pressing and these products can be supplied via various routes. Their alternatives for this type of service have reduced over the last few years.
 
Larger manufacturers routinely want certain batches to be produced by a third party, added to which they always need somewhere to turn to when they experience bottlenecking or undercapacity on their own facilities.
 
In some sectors it is also the case that a number of very traditional manufacturers now want to mix their use of slabbing and slipcasting with the ability to employ both hand-operated and automatic presses. It would never be economical for these companies to set up even a modest spray drying plant, which is where the Mantec service comes in.
 
“When a new customer is involved, we trial the spray drying of the body first as it’s important to prove that the process is capable of producing the right material and granulate size distribution,” explained Dave Thomason, Technical Manager.
 
Mantec’s manufacturing facility has storage facilities for taking delivery of different tile recipes. The material is held in agitated blungers prior to delivery to the atomising tower. The granulate is produced from the heated atomised mist in the usual way and falls down the tower cavity to be collected in IBCs.
 
“We generally process batches of around 10 to 20 tonnes on this plant,” said Thomason. “Consistent quality is of paramount importance and our routine includes taking samples from the hopper chute and regularly testing on a portable moisture balance.”
 

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