Smart Industry opens a world of possibilities

The world is in anticipation of a fourth industrial revolution.

This revolution is driven by giant leaps in ICT innovation and promises to radically alter the face of industry in the coming decades.

Smart industry

Automated production systems using advanced robotics increasingly communicate with each other on detailed aspects of production, joining up hitherto fragmented manufacturing processes.

By linking all steps in the value chain, a world of possibilities opens for companies, old and new.

See https://smartindustry.nl/english/ for more info about this topic.

 

Enamel slip properties

The consistent liquid enamel slip properties is a critical parameter at any automated wet application process.

Unfortunately enamel rheology is known to change easily under the influence of particle size, specific weight, temperature, milling additives and/or pretreatment chemicals.

Failure to maintain its properties within measurable tolerances, may result in inconsistent enamel layer thickness and eventually even enamel defects.

Do you really believe that you can “feel it” with your fingers as demonstrated on the picture below, or do you rather prefer a more precise testing method ?!

Measuring enamel slip characteristics by hand
Old fashion way
Rotational Viscometer with temperature sensor
Rotational Viscometer with temperature sensor

Fishscaling of porcelain/vitreous enamel coatings

Fishscaling

Fishscaling is an enameling defect, which is characterized by small enamel particles chipping off.

Chipping off may happen directly after firing when cooling down or sometimes even days later.

example of enamel defect called fishscaling

Effected products may usually not be repaired. Due to this reason, this defect is still one of the most described topics within the international enameling industry.
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Thermal imaging of enameling furnaces

The performance of industrial enameling furnaces may gradually decline over time.

This may result in higher energy consumption (read increased enameling cost) and reduced quality of the coated surface.

In extreme cases the enameling furnace may even unexpectedly break down, because insulation has been damaged and/or worn out.

Therefore we suggest regular inspections & thermal imaging to identify major heat bridges and other spots with possible insulation issues.

Thermal imaging of industrial enameling furnace roof at hotzone near 180 degree turn
Thermal imaging of industrial enameling furnace roof
Thermograph inspection of enameling furnace door
Heat bridges at clean out door