Setters / Supports / Cranks
IPS Ceramics offers a full range of setters for biscuit, glost and decorating firings for tableware / dinnerware. The type of setter required depends upon the amount of support needed by the ware during the firing process. A wide range of sizes are available.
IPS offer a range of setters/cranks to suit all applications:-
- Setters/Cranks can be typically stacked several high to maximise kiln-fill
- Setters/Cranks with cemented legs for maximum flexibility and lower cost
- Setters/Cranks with integrated legs for reduced labour
- Slip-cast setters/cranks have a smoother, more consolidated surface that minimises kiln dirt.
Bone china, fine china and other vitreous ware need extra support during biscuit firings. Profile setters are designed to fully support the rim throughout the firing cycle, minimising distortion and maximising yields.
T and Y Cranks
Used to support plates, flatware and holloware during glost firing. Easily stacked to maximise kiln-fill, the cranks support the ware at just 3 points on the foot, minimising the risk of plucking or sticking.
The cranks can be loaded and unloaded without separating the stack.
Used where higher glost temperatures mean that the full foot of the plate needs to be supported. The legs are spaced so that they can be loaded and unloaded without separating the stack.
Silicon Carbide Setters
These are used for firings above 1250oC (2280oF) where an improved resistance to bending is needed.
Nitride bonded SiC is a very strong material, so setters can be made thinner and lighter.
The ware rests on small ceramic ‘pins’ during glost firing. The pins leave only a small mark in the glaze that is easily polished.
This system is designed to minimise firing costs, with low weight to improve energy efficiency, very high packing densities to maximise kiln usage and reusable frames (the pins are used once).