IPS Ceramics is based in Stoke-on-Trent, a city that has been a key player in the pottery and ceramics industry for over 300 years. Known across the world as ‘The Potteries’, we are proud to have forged a close connection with these industries spanning over 60 years.
Now, as a world-renowned company, we supply kiln furniture and other products to the ceramics industry across the globe.
Silicon Carbide, Cordierite & Technical Ceramics
The firing process is absolutely central to the manufacture of ceramics. Even the most mundane item of pottery is fired using conditions that are extreme – rapid heating and cooling, peak temperatures hot enough to melt most common materials and kiln atmospheres that can vary from oxidising to reducing. The kiln furniture must survive these conditions, not just once but often hundreds of times.
IPS Ceramics offers several types of materials for the firing of ceramics products. This includes cordierite based and silicon carbide-based kiln furniture, alongside a full range of technical ceramics. Each material brings its own strengths to the table to allow for consistency in firing. However, the very best performance is often achieved by using a combination of products. Particularly when working together, they meet the specifications required for the ceramics involved.
Our kiln furniture materials:
- Are volume stable at high temperatures, showing no significant shrinkage or growth after extended use
- Have low thermal expansion to minimise stress build-up during heating and cooling, giving excellent resistance to thermal shock cracking
- Exhibit low creep rates, maintaining shape and flatness after repeated cycles
They also offer close control of size and shape, a long service life due to high-performance materials, are lightweight to minimise energy consumption and are designed to maximise the setting fill.
We offer one of the widest ranges of kiln furniture and technical ceramics. All of which are suitable for application in ceramics industries. These include:
- Bone China
- Fuel Cells
- Heat Treatment
- Powder Metal
Our long-standing reputation in the creation of kiln furniture means we understand the challenges and production issues faced in the creation of ceramics. With these in mind, we manufacture products such as kiln shelves, batts, props, beams, and silicon carbide structures for kiln cars. These are all cost-effective and resilient enough to be used time and time again in the kiln.
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The above list is by no means exhaustive when it comes to the range of industries we support; this is simply a snapshot. If you would like to learn more or have any questions regarding how our ceramic services can support you, then please get in touch with a member of our expert team.