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In Memoriam: Mike Jackson

In Memoriam: Mike Jackson, VP of IPS Ceramics USA

Posted by Tom Evans on 12-10-2021

It is with deep sorrow and regret that we must announce that Mike Jackson, Vice President of IPS Ceramics USA, passed away on Tuesday 5th October 2021. Born in England, Mike and his family moved to America in 2004. Initially working for Dyson, he became IPS Ceramics’ main American representative before becoming the Vice President of IPS Ceramics USA in 2016. He was a beloved colleague and friend to everyone at IPS Ceramics and to his customers, many of whom…

Explaining Cordierite Kiln Furniture

Explaining Cordierite Kiln Furniture

Posted by Callum on 28-08-2021

The term “kiln furniture” describes a range of products used by many industries to support items during heat treatment processes. If you have a ceramic item that needs firing in a kiln or furnace, you will probably need kiln furniture to ensure it keeps its shape, doesn’t break during firing, and don’t stick to/damage your kiln. IPS offers an immensely popular range of kiln furniture products made from cordierite. What types of products are in the range, what do they…

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How is Silicon Carbide Made?

Posted by Callum on 19-08-2021

Silicon carbide is one of the most common materials used in the production of high-performance kiln furniture. It is often used in applications involving temperatures above 1300°C, its high resistance to creep (hot bending) ensuring a long service life. How do you make such a strong, dependable material and who helped develop it? Let’s find out: The Acheson Process Most of the silicon carbide used in industry is manufactured through the Acheson Process. The process was invented by Edward Goodrich Acheson…

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…