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Ballydehob, Co. Cork, Ireland, 2010/07/21 - Infrared heating expert and manufacturer Ceramicx and German heating expert Friedr Freek are working together creating some leading production process for the making of coated concrete and stone products for leading manufacturer BM Anlagenbau.
Infrared specialist and manufacturer Ceramicx has been working with German heating expert Friedr Freek in providing leading manufacturer, BM Anlagenbau, with some leading edge production processes in order to make its innovative range of coated concrete and stone products.
Hameln-based BM Anlagenbau has for many years been supplying merchants in the building and construction sectors with film and paint-protected building products. These specially treated concrete and stone products resist wear and tear; hold their aesthetic through the product lifetime, as well as being graffiti and vandal proof.
The technology is increasing in popularity since it can resist weathering and other aspects of ageing and thus extend product life and service life; reducing efflorescence and guarding against tyre abrasions, food, oil and chemical contaminations.
In production, most of the BM Anlagenbau product range is typically treated with polymer paints and then needs to dry before being packaged and shipped. Infrared heating has a key role to play; firstly in preparing the concrete and stone surfaces before the polymer paints are applied. As with plastics thermoforming, infrared preheating improves the surface readiness and also the penetration of the coating material into the concrete. This makes for better adhesion and for better long-term protection of the concrete product. Pre and post-spray infrared heating also eliminates the tendency for a developing film surface to ‘bubble’ and crack the surface of the coating. With two heat applications the material firstly evaporates from the substrate and then from the top.
The overall effect of the plastic film on concrete is a silk-like finish to the concrete and stone. This is often referred to as the ‘wet-effect’ and increases the depth of colour in the case of concrete – making the product much more visually appealing.
Ceramicx Founder and Managing Director Frank Wilson says that ‘Infrared technology has an amazing potential for all industries that is still largely untapped. Thanks to the innovation of BM Anlagenbau this part of the construction industry is feeling the benefit – consumers and our environment also. Ceramicx learned a great deal from being part of this project – in designing the right array of elements and infrared emissions to suit – as well as engineering the infrared reflectors to provide exactly the right kind of heating for the concrete and give the whole system the right price/performance ratio. In this case,’ Wilson adds, ‘the high speed infrared heating also allows the client to adjust the overall heating systems in a modular manner –minimising space; helping changeovers, reducing production costs and improving competitiveness.’
Stephan Dullmann for Freek says that ‘we were delighted to be able to help BM Anlagenbau engineer the heating system; producing a fault-free job at an optimum price. Heat systems service and know-how have become synonymous with the Freek company reputation and this project, we are please to say has been no exception.’
BM Anlagenbau director Dirk Matyschiok says that ‘the quick response and the precise control of infrared heat work have been the keys in perfecting our system. Furthermore, the heat applications can be fully implemented into a comprehensive control system, which reduces overall costs significantly. This - combined with the modular system - allows for easy up and down-grading. In addition, the "oversized" integral fans allow for compact ovens without extra blowers .The project has clearly shown the benefit of trusting in the expertise of development partners playing a leading role in their sectors. No need to say who the partners will be for further heat work projects to come.
Ceramicx and Freek are both exhibiting their plastics and polymer know-how together at the prestigious triennial plastics industry exhibition in Dusseldorf this Autumn. Both companies will share an exhibition space at the K show 2010, which runs at the Dusseldorf Messe, Germany, from Wednesday October 27th to Wednesday November 3rd.
Ceramicx Founder and Managing Director Frank Wilson says ‘that we are delighted to be teaming up at K 2010 with a company of such quality as Freek. Last Autumn, Freek already wowed the plastics sector at the Fakuma show with its innovative all-in solutions for nozzle heating and SMA clamping systems "ThermoLock" and "ThermoDrive. The Freek developments in miniaturisation of manifold heaters were also extremely impressive and many more heating innovations are set to be unveiled by them and by ourselves at the Dusseldorf show this October this year.’
Freek manager Stefan Düllmann says that ‘Ceramicx is the only company on the market which manufactures the complete range of infrared heaters – long, medium and short wave. The elements are perfectly developed for each application, reasonably priced and available on short notice. Furthermore,’ adds Düllmann, ‘Ceramicx has gained a huge knowledge on all details of infrared heating. Superb technical support is always guaranteed.
All further details from Freek, Stefan Düllmann, Marketing & Development. freek.de T: +49 2373 9590-16, Fax +49 2373 959030, s.duellmann[.]freek.de
For further information on Ceramicx and Freek at the K Show please see kshow2010.com
Ceramicx (ceramicx.com) was set up in 1992 and in 1994 moved into its new premises in Ballydehob, Ireland on a site previously owned by Infrared Internationale. The factory output is 98% exported. The company’s planned developments and expansion will include higher value jobs supported by increased levels of automation and know-how at our factory works. Over the past five years Ceramicx has invested in a large machinery shop, with CNC milling machines and metal cutting, shaping and finishing machinery to ensure the continuing independent manufacturing success of the company – with no dependence on outsourcing and full control of the innovation and materials used.
Ceramicx products and systems are already extensively used in a wide range of industrial and consumer areas. Whether they know it or not, the worldwide plastics and packaging industries are all key users since much of their processing equipment already contains Ceramicx heating elements or Ceramicx heating design. Thermoformed plastic products surround us all in the day to day – from butter tubs to burger boxes and from fridge linings to car door linings – and Ceramicx has played its part in the heat forming technology.
All of these elements offer an immense range of heating types and heating performance: Ceramicx makes Ceramic and Quartz emitters which range in surface temperature from 150°C (302°F) to 730°C (1346°F) and the Ceramicx Tungsten bulbs are capable of reaching in excess of 2400°C (4352°F).
Part of the Ceramicx service been to mix and match these heating options in the best interests of the customer. Founder Frank Wilson says that ‘at Ceramicx you will find a company that is not satisfied with the established standards for the industry. We have developed many new products that better fit the needs of today's manufacturer who has no choice but to be reliant on process heating. Our niche is in giving this customer a much superior product at a competitive price. In addition, the energy content of every product is a very important cost and ecological issue.’
Ceramicx logistics and delivery systems are second to none: Each day the company ships its output across the globe.
Submitted by Granite Consulting (Sinead Morris - Granite.ie) on behalf of Ceramicx Ireland Ltd.