The Ceramics UK 2019 exhibition (10-11 July 2019, Telford, UK) was the first UK-based ceramics focused exhibition in twenty years.
“Since acquiring Master Magnets, Bunting has an extensive portfolio of magnetic separation equipment specifically designed for the ceramics and mineral processing sectors,” said Simon Ayling, Bunting’s Managing Director. “It was important to be present, supporting this new industry initiative.”
Ceramics UK 2019 is Europe’s only free exhibition and conference focused on advanced ceramics and technical glass for a range of applications. Co-located with The Advanced Materials Show, the event featured over 200 exhibitors, 3,000 attendees and 100 speakers at a four-track conference.
“The UK ceramics sector has evolved during those twenty years,” said Simon. “There is a greater emphasis on technical ceramics.”
The necessity to remove iron remains critical. Iron contamination originates from the non-metallic minerals (e.g. feldspar and silica) or is introduced during the manufacturing process. Failure to successfully cleanse ceramic bodies and glazes of iron results in costly product defects.
Magnetic Separation Technology
For over 40 years, Master Magnets has supplied magnetic separators to the ceramics and mineral processing industry. On the stand at Ceramics UK the team demonstrated removing iron-bearing minerals from feldspar on a Rare Earth Roll Magnetic Separator. Also on display was an Electro Magnetic Filter for cleansing ceramic bodies and glazes and a range of high strength Tube Magnets. At their technical laboratory in Redditch, UK, controlled material tests are conducted to prove separation efficiencies.
“We were the only company exhibiting magnetic separators at Ceramics UK,” said Simon. “It was good to talk with ceramics companies and advise on ways to eradicate iron contamination from the process.” Many of the companies who visited the stand have agreed to send samples to the Redditch test laboratory. “Our laboratory will be very busy over the next few weeks.”
For more information on removing free or mineral iron in the ceramics manufacturing process, please see us on stand 1517 at Ceramics UK or contact our team on:
Phone: +44 (0) 1442 875081
All photographs and video by Paul Fears Photography