ceramitec features an exhibition area for fine and refractory ceramics that showcases machines, systems and devices for reliable, cost-effective production.
In recent years, the degree of automation has been continuously rising in the field of ceramics production. This has gone hand in hand with ever increasing levels of flexibility. The availability of ceramics machines as well as process reliability and reduced process times are key parameters that engineers have used to update existing and plan new systems.
The tests used to measure the energy efficiency of units and sub-processes not only focused on emissions levels but also encompassed purely mechanical production steps, enabling significant improvements to be achieved.
In consideration of the cost-effective production of small batches, a new trend is emerging: additive manufacturing. One of the major benefits of this process is the huge leap in design flexibility it provides. This is something that is already being harnessed in technical ceramics, powder metallurgy and in mold and tool construction.
This ties in with the concept of “Industry 4.0”, a topic that is becoming increasingly significant in ceramics and which underlines the industry's outstanding innovative drive.
You can also find out more about efficiently harnessing the many different properties of ceramics in the refractory materials and kiln furniture area.