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ACerS UK Chapter attracts 55 members to its inaugural meeting

It's an exciting time for ceramics professionals in the U.K., as ACerS recently launched its first international chapter. The inaugural meeting featured eight speakers on a variety of ceramic-related topics and attracted 55 attendees.
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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

America may miss out on the next industrial revolution, Indonesia wants to be world’s fourth-largest ceramics producer, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for March 24, 2017.
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High heat and pressure help researchers fabricate first samples of transparent silicon nitride

By processing samples of silicon nitride under high pressure and heat, researchers at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron have converted an originally opaque hexagonal crystal structure into optically transparent cubic silicon nitride.
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Glass researchers: Show off your work in a short video!

Glass researchers: It's time to brag about your work in a short video! ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division is encouraging its members to create videos about the important research they're doing.
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Other materials stories that may be of interest

Star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics, mapping the effects of crystal defects, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 22, 2017.
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Saved by glass: Tardigrades use biological vitrification to survive complete desiccation

New research reveals that tardigrades encode a specific set of proteins that allow the animals’ insides to undergo vitrification, using glassy materials to prevent cellular damage that would otherwise occur when the animals desiccate.
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Learn how to improve marketing ROI at Marketing for Manufacturers Forum workshop

The Marketing for Manufacturers Forum on April 24 will include a workshop on how to improve your marketing ROI led by Rebecca Geier, CEO of TREW Marketing. In this interview, she discusses how marketing has changed and what attendees can expect to learn in her workshop.
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The Business Issue: Polymer-derived ceramics, industry market report, and more inside April ACerS Bulletin

The April 2017 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring polymer-derived ceramics, quality control checklists, and a comprehensive ceramic and glass industry market report—is now available online.
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ABET to hold informational retraining session for accreditation evaluators

ABET is holding a retraining session for those who are involved in the accreditation process, on Tuesday April 18, 7:15-9:30pm MST in Phoenix, Ariz. Interested participants can register to attend in person or remotely.
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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

3DCeram renews partnership with Science of Ceramic Processes and Surface Treatment, Alcoa Corporation streamlines company structure, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for March 17, 2017.
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Superior’s Purchase Sets Up a Global Aluminum Wheel Producer

Superior Industries International Inc. has made a $715-million bid to acquire Uniwheels AG, a deal that it expects will establish itself a global supplier of cast aluminum wheels to numerous automakers.

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Chassix to Build $50M Metalcasting, Machining Plant in Europe

Chassix, the Michigan-based automotive foundry group, announced plans for a $50-million greenfield plant in the Czech Republic, to produce aluminum chassis and powertrain parts for passenger vehicles.

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Fluidized-Bed Scrubber for Gas Absorption, Particulate Collection

Bionomic Industries Inc. offers a new “fluidized bed” scrubber that absorbs gas and collects airborne particulates, for gas capacities from 500 to 250,000 acfm. The patented RotaBed Series’ performance comes from a swirl induced Coriolis grid that achieves greater fluidized bed stability, resulting in more efficient gas mixing and transfer efficiency than less advanced designs.

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Fire Closes Automotive Diecaster, For Now

A late-night fire did extensive damage at Muskegon Castings Corp. in Muskegon, MI, putting the aluminum diecaster out of commission for now, though its parent company CEO vowed the plant would be fully rebuilt and returned to operation.

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Why Does CRM Matter to Manufacturers?

Providing access to actionable insights to the relationship customers have with your business is the fundamental reason that Customer Relationship Management software exists — and how manufacturers benefit from CRM.

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Industry 4.0 Through the “Eyes” of Metrology

The integration of manufacturing, IT and cybersystems, including security, plays an expanding and evolving role in manufacturing, regardless of a business’ size or scale, or the types of parts being produced and processed.

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Ensuring Furnace Lining Efficiency

The right refractory materials protect and insulate a furnace from extreme heat and prevent excessive heat loss. These five tips will help to maximize furnace-lining efficiency.

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March 2017 Foundry Management & Technology Magazine

In this issue, Ensuring Furnace Lining Efficiency-- The right materials protect and insulate furnaces and ladles from extreme heat, and prevent excessive heat loss.

Foundry Management and Technology has been an independent source of information for the foundry and metalcasting industries since 1892.

In this issue, Ensuring Furnace Lining Efficiency-- The right materials protect and insulate furnaces and ladles from extreme heat, and prevent excessive heat loss.

 
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Why Smart Manufacturing is a Dumb Idea


The problem with many CEOs today is they have turned away from the astonishing potential of the workforce and turned toward automation instead. It’s a big mistake, but I hear about it frequently from consultants and technology developers, and of course from Smart Manufacturers preaching to the unconverted.

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Free Trade vs. Fair Trade, Again

"We're a nation with an economy," fair-market proponents often say. "Not an economy with a nation." Can an uncivil society agree on “free market” principles — or “fair market” goals?

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Reforming Forming and the Concepts Shaping It

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High-Speed, Lightweight Deburring Tools

ATI Industrial Automation will introduce the RC-900 and RC-1040 radially compliant deburring tools, the same air-actuated compliance as current models, but with a motor that is 50% more powerful.

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Back-Blow Air Nozzle for Cleaning Tiny Inside Diameters

Exair’s new Model 1004SS, M4 NPT back-blow air nozzle was designed to deliver the smallest, most effective airflow for blowing debris and liquids from small pipe or hose inside diameters, channels, bores, holes, internal threads, and other internal part features. An array of holes provides a forceful, 360-degree airflow to clear out coolant, chips, and light oils following machining processes.

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Nemak Opens New HPDC Plant In Mexico

Automotive metalcaster Nemak staged an opening event earlier this month for its new high-pressure diecasting plant in Monterrey, Mexico. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto officiated at the event, which marked the start-up of Nemak’s seventh operation in Mexico.

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Grede, Three Managers Indicted in Asbestos Case

Grede LLC and three individuals are named in a seven-count indictment brought by a federal grand jury, alleging the company and the individuals obstructed an investigation into workers’ exposure to asbestos at the now-closed gray and ductile iron foundry in Berlin, WI.

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5th International Cupola Conference

What role will cupolas play in future as smelters for producing high-quality cast iron?

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CCS Congresshalle
Hafenstraße 12
Saarbrücken, SL 66111
Germany
49° 14' 15.2952" N, 6° 59' 14.7624" E

What role will cupolas play in future as smelters for producing high-quality cast iron?

Against the background of rising environmental requirements and the boundary conditions of a globalized economy, the latest technical developments and trends and future demands made on melting in cupolas and holding in induction channel furnaces will be discussed by an international panel of experts.

The focus will be on efficiency, optimized process engineering, current research as well as measures to improve the eco-balance of cupolas.

The program of high-caliber lectures is accompanied by workshops as well as a technical exhibition inviting visitors to further exchange information and network.

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METEF 2017

METEF is the sole international event in the metals sector offering a comprehensive exhibition on raw materials, processing, machining, technologies, machinery and plants, products and applications as well as on state-of-the-art technologies for metals recovery and recycling and the most original solutions for the automotive industry.

Location

VeronaFiere
Viale del Lavoro, 8
Verona, VR 37135
Italy
45° 25' 3.6192" N, 10° 58' 48.6012" E
METEF is the sole international event in the metals sector offering a comprehensive exhibition on raw materials, processing, machining, technologies, machinery and plants, products and applications as well as on state-of-the-art technologies for metals recovery and recycling and the most original solutions for the automotive industry.
Interested visitors, operators, and suppliers in the metals industry will include those concerned with:
•  processing and production of parts and semis
• surface treatments and machining

• ferrous and non ferrous metals foundries
• transports, from passenger vehicles to trains, vessels and aircrafts
• mechanics, design and engineering, electromechanics
• applications for the building sector
• chemistry, petrochemistry and plant engineering
• packaging
• recovery and recycling
• energy and new technologies
• services

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AFS 121st Metalcasting Congress

Metalcasting Congress connects suppliers, foundry management and operators, and customers to exchange new ideas that will enhance their work and improve their business. In addition to technical and management sessions and Institute courses, the program includes keynote presentations, special interest group meetings, and the AFS Hub on the show floor.

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Wisconsin Center
400 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203
United States
43° 2' 22.2144" N, 87° 55' 2.8524" W

Metalcasting Congress connects suppliers, foundry management and operators, and customers to exchange new ideas that will enhance their work and improve their business. In addition to technical and management sessions and Institute courses, the program includes keynote presentations, special interest group meetings, and the AFS Hub on the show floor.

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Beaver Valley Alloy Case Study

With an unwavering commitment to meeting the highest standards of craftsmanship and quality, Beaver Valley Alloy Voundry (BVA) is always looking for ways to improve it's business.

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EMI, Kuttner, Savelli in Long-Term Partnership

Equipment Manufacturers International Inc. (EMI) has a new long-term partnership agreement with Küttner Holding GmbH and Savelli Technologies (SavTech), expanding the capabilities and expertise of all three metalcasting industry equipment suppliers.

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February 2017 Foundry Management & Technology Magazine

In this issue, Using Simulation to Position Gating, Risers-- Software makes it possible to synthesize the elements of good rigging design into a general method that is fast, thorough, and highly accurate.

Foundry Management and Technology has been an independent source of information for the foundry and metalcasting industries since 1892.

In this issue, Using Simulation to Position Gating, Risers-- Software makes it possible to synthesize the elements of good rigging design into a general method that is fast, thorough, and highly  accurate.

 
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Carbide-Tipped Band Saw Blades

Simonds Saw, a manufacturer of band saw blades and files, introduced CWT carbide-tipped band saw blades for demanding operations, including foundries removing aluminum gates and risers. Other recommended applications include steel service centers, aerospace sawing applications. CWT blades are effective for cutting aluminum block, Inconel, and nickel-based alloys.

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Supercomputing for Manufacturing SMBs

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Scaling High-Performance Computing to Manufacturers’ Needs

Parallel Works is a startup business commercializing technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago to provide “supercomputing-as-a-service” to SMBs, helping them to achieve economies of scale in managing the expanding volume of information that is constantly redefining businesses and industries.

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Using Software to Define Fast, Accurate Casting Set-Ups

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Recognizing the Chaos Around Us

Trends may be social phenomena or technical inevitabilities, but they are distinct from individual will. They only affect that much of us that we surrender: to preserve your individuality and maintain equanimity, accept (or reject) them, carefully.

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4 Simple Ways to Cut Energy Costs Now

With the rise of continuous energy improvement programs, manufacturers are discovering that energy can make a significant impact on your productivity and bottom line. Some manufacturers save, on average, 20% after they adopt a CEI program. If you don’t yet have an energy management program, or can’t get your decision-makers to buy in, you can still find ways to move your plant in the right direction. Start small with these simple energy-saving opportunities to cut your utility costs today.

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Trends Shaping the Return of Manufacturing to the U.S.

U.S. businesses are bringing jobs back home. In order to make the most of this shift, it is essential for them to ensure that American workers are highly skilled and up-to-date with the latest technology and tools.

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NADCA's Die Casting Congress South

NADCA's first ever Congress South in Mexico City will feature technology highlights of the 2016 Die Casting Congress in Columbus, OH. The Congress will be sponsored by a limited number of Suppliers that attendees will be able to meet with to learn more about products and services available to the die casting industry.

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NH Collection Mexico City Airport Terminal 2
Mexico City International Airport
Mexico City, DIF 15620
Mexico
19° 26' 9.7152" N, 99° 4' 54.264" W

NADCA's first ever Congress South in Mexico City will feature technology highlights of the 2016 Die Casting Congress in Columbus, OH. The Congress will be sponsored by a limited number of Suppliers that attendees will be able to meet with to learn more about products and services available to the die casting industry.

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Robotic 3D Printing Sand Core & Mold Demonstration

Trident Alloys, Springfield, MA, is using the Viridis3D printer in everyday production. See technology demonstrations by Will Shambley, Viridis3D, on 3D sand printing; Jack Palmer, Palmer Manufacturing & Supply, on "3DP auxiliary equipment options"; and by Finite Solutions Inc., on "Casting design, optimization, and solidification modeling."

Location

Trident Alloys
181 Abbe Ave.
Springfield , MA 01107
United States
42° 7' 13.278" N, 72° 36' 48.0348" W

Trident Alloys, Springfield, MA, is using the Viridis3D printer in everyday production. See technology demonstrations and presentations by experts.

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Automotive Battery Supplier Orders Melting Furnaces

Lindberg/MPH shipped two gas-fired, immersion-tube lead melting and holding furnaces to a supplier of the battery industry.


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Aluminum Scrap Recycling with Twin-Chamber Melting Furnace

Scrap recycling with the twin-chamber melting furnace (TCF®) has become state-of-the-art worldwide. The latest installations show that the TCF fulfills the complex requirements of scrap processing regarding environment, safety and metal yield.


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2016 Feature Article Bibliography

This is a complete list of all the feature articles – by topic – that appeared in Industrial Heating in 2016. The month each article appeared in is included with page number. All articles are hyperlinked for your convenience.


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State of the Thermal-Processing Industry 2016

For the second year in a row, we asked readers about the state of the thermal-processing industry.


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Air Force Orders Overhaul of Heat Exchangers

Wall Colmonoy’s Aerobraze Engineered Technologies won a full and open competition conducted by the United States Air Force for a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for the overhaul of the F-16 primary and secondary heat exchangers.


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Uniformity Surveys: Make Your Data an Investment in Profitability

As the focus on quality processing has evolved, new innovations have come to the aid of thermal processors. However, one area that has not seen improvement in technology is the temperature uniformity survey (TUS).


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Flux Cored Wire

Formula 5551 flux cored wire withstands high-heat conditions for extreme welding applications by maintaining superior hardness retention in temperatures as high as 1200°F (650°C).


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Using Induction Brazing in Manufacturing Operations (Part 2)

This article will examine the six variables that need to be controlled for effective induction brazing.


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Using Induction Brazing in Manufacturing Operations (Part 1)

Induction brazing is an excellent way to quickly heat up a localized area of a large assembly in order to permanently join them together.


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85 Years of Industrial Heating

In the early 20th century, Industrial Heating came on the scene. In this historical overview (decade by decade), we take a look at metallurgy and how the steel industry was becoming big business.


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Tritech-Wrexham Orders Vacuum Induction Melting System

Retech Systems LLC received an order from Tritech-Wrexham for a new 50-kg (110-pound) vacuum induction melting (VIM) system.


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Ultra-Low-NOx Burner Retrofits for Aluminum Furnaces

Upgrading burners is often an effective way to achieve process improvements such as increasing productivity, decreasing fuel use and/or minimizing NOx and CO2 formation.


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Brazing-Filler-Metal Identification Tool

The PI ID Tool is an online brazing-filler-metal identifier that allows the user to select the base metals to be joined, apply filters and search for brazing alloys that are suitable for the joining process.


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Kiln Furniture, Thermocouple Protection Tubes

A range of kiln furniture is made from a new high-performance, nitrite-bonded silicon-carbide material suitable for use at temperatures of up to 2732°F (1500°C).


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2015 Feature Article Bibliography

This is a complete list of all the feature articles – by topic – that appeared in Industrial Heating in 2015. The month each article appeared in is included with page number. All articles are hyperlinked for your convenience.


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Monitoring Aluminum-Log Temperatures in a Walking-Beam Furnace

Using hot-box temperature-profiling systems to monitor product temperatures in furnaces has become accepted in many areas of the heat-treatment and allied industries.


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A Closer Look: Jumbo Bloom Vertical Caster at TimkenSteel

On Oct. 21, 2014, TimkenSteel ran the first heat of metal through its jumbo bloom vertical caster (JBVC) at its Faircrest Steel Plant in Ohio.


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Georg Fischer Orders Melting Furnace

Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group, received an order from Austria’s Georg Fischer for a multi-chamber melting furnace for melting and holding aluminum. 


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Crucible

The Syncarb Z2 e2 crucible was designed specifically to provide strong chemical resistance against fluxes and excellent thermal conductivity in aluminum melting and holding applications.


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Gas-Fired Crucible Melting Improvements Highlight Cooperation Between Suppliers, Energy Providers

A case study at Eck Industries in Manitowoc, Wis., shows the fuel savings realized by the addition of a self-recuperative burner to crucible melting furnaces.


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Producing the Highest Quality Stainless Steel Cutlery

Troubleshooting furnace heat-treatment quality issues, such as oxidation and discoloration, can sometimes be challenging. At times, normal, conventional troubleshooting steps and techniques may not always work.


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Audi Commissions Melting Furnaces

Automobile manufacturer Audi commissioned two Ecomelt melting furnaces from Austria’s Hertwich Engineering.


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The Latest Aluminum Scrap Recycling Plant Technology

The twin-chamber melting furnace process offers an efficient and economical way to melt aluminum scrap. 


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Cross-Wedge Rolling Theory, Technology and Equipment

In large-scale and mass production, the technology of cross-wedge rolling (CWR) of axisymmetric parts made of ductile metals and alloys is virtually unequaled in its economic efficiency.


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Applications for Specialty Casting Equipment

Some ESR furnaces can produce ingots in excess of 100 tons. On the other end of the scale, there is an equally interesting suite of applications in the form of various small to medium casting furnaces. 


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High-Tech Melting Processes Improve Aerospace Materials

High-performance metals are those metals that are exposed to some combination of high stresses, high and/or fluctuating temperatures, and corrosive conditions where high reliability is essential. 

 


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Aluminum Brazing in Vacuum Furnaces

In this article, we present an introduction to the general points of aluminum brazing. A brief description of two of the three most-used processes is also discussed: brazing in an inert-atmosphere furnace with flux (it is necessary to purge by vacuum at the beginning of the cycle) and brazing in a vacuum furnace without flux.


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Powdered Activated Carbon Injection System to Control Mercury Emission

Mercury is still used today in a wide range of products.While mercury in landfills may slowly become re-mobilized to the atmosphere, waste that is incinerated can be a major source of atmospheric mercury.
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Integrated SiC Heater and Silicon Nitride Tube for Molten-Aluminum Bath

This article discusses a silicon carbide (SiC) heater combined with a silicon nitride protection tube as a single unit for the heating of molten aluminum.
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Maximum Efficiency, Economy in Aluminum Casting

Saving energy is of key importance in the energy-intensive melting process. Making use of waste heat is one of the ways to save money.


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