The products in the glass and ceramics industry differ almost as much as the requirements imposed on the technologies used. The product range is extremely diverse and includes building ceramics, household objects, high-performance ceramics, flat and hollow glass, glass fibre, and technical glassware. The necessary qualities vary considerably from product to product, as do their specific characteristics. Both can be influenced to a great extent by the raw materials and manufacturing processes selected. In addition to the purity of the starting materials, particle size and particle size distribution play a significant role. In this conjunction, POWTECH will showcase impressive solutions, including solutions for the processes needed in these segments.
Glass and ceramics
During the feed to the shaping and manufacturing process, mechanical processes like pulverising, screening, mixing, spray-drying, and granulating are of major importance. This is where the foundations are laid for the formation of the crucial microstructure – which will determine the properties of the products shaped and constituted by thermal processes.
Along with many mass-produced items, increasingly individualised products down to batch size 1 are being created today. Thanks to this trend, additive manufacturing processes are becoming important, and many exhibitors at POWTECH reflect this with their novel solutions. Rapid product changes and production processes that can be flexibly adapted to new market circumstances also call for suitable and highly automated processes to prepare the mixtures.
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