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IPS Ceramics - 2021: A Retrospective

IPS Ceramics’ 2021: A Retrospective

Posted by Tom Evans on 28-12-2021

Each year, we publish a retrospective of the year that’s passed and everything that happened throughout it. You can read our look backs at our 10th Anniversary Year and the Year that Covid Hit here. In comparison, 2021 has been slightly less eventful. However, that doesn’t mean it’s been quiet. Korf Audio Ceramic Headshell [gallery columns="1" size="medium" ids="5636"] Representing years of research and development between IPS Ceramics and Korf Audio, 2021 saw the official release of Korf Audio’s HS-A02 Ceramic…

An Early History of IPS Ceramics USA

An Early History of IPS Ceramics USA

Posted by Tom Evans on 24-11-2021

The modern history of the UK ceramic industry is rarely told outside of Staffordshire and is mostly comprised of anecdotes from people who were there. One of these people is Bob Kelly, the man who set up the first US branch of a UK kiln furniture manufacturer, a branch which would eventually become IPS Ceramics USA. Sitting down with him at the IPS office, we asked him how he set the branch up and what it was like to run.…

IPS Ceramics - Five Tips for Assembling Your Kiln Car Structure

Five Tips for Assembling Your Kiln Car Structure

Posted by Tom Evans on 30-09-2021

The centrepiece of any kiln firing setup is your kiln car – the strong combination of kiln furniture pieces which securely holds your ware as it gets fired. Depending on the complexity of your setup or the amount of ware you have to fire, assembling your kiln car can feel like a logic puzzle and maintaining it can be hard work. To help, we’ve collated our top five tips to ensure your kiln car gets assembled correctly and remains dependable…

Alumina Tubes - IPS Ceramics

What are Alumina Tubes Used For?

Posted by Callum on 11-08-2021

Alumina Tubes, as their name implies, are tubes made out of alumina. They are used for a wide range of industrial applications due to their diverse properties. What are these properties, which industries use them, and how are they used? Let’s find out: What is Alumina? The term ‘Alumina’ is just a short way of saying ‘Aluminium Oxide’. Making up around 15% of the chemical composition of the Earth’s crust, Aluminium Oxide is a very common material that can be…

The Art of the Office

The Art of the Office: Redesigning the IPS Conference Room

Posted by Tom Evans on 27-07-2021

As Covid has moved people away from face-to-face meetings and towards the conference call, we decided that our Conference Room needed jazzing up with a new feature wall. Here’s the story of how we performed that jazz. Origins IPS offers conference calls to all our customers using Zoom, Teams and other platforms, allowing us to directly communicate with them no matter where they are in the world. Due to the pandemic, these calls have never been more frequent. The view…

IPS Ceramics Awarded ISO 9001 Re-Certification

IPS Ceramics Awarded ISO 9001 Re-Certification

Posted by Tom Evans on 20-07-2021

After a recent audit by Lucideon CICS Ltd, IPS Ceramics have passed re-certification against the ISO 9001 standard. ISO 9001 is a recognised national and international quality standard which guarantees a certified company's ability to meet or exceed their customer expectations. 2020 was a challenging year in which to maintain our business processes, yet IPS Ceramics passed their recent audit with flying colours. [gallery columns="2" link="none" size="medium" ids="5352,5353"] Brian Wycherley (our Technical Manager, pictured above) said that “this external validation…