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A Brief History of Saggars

A Brief History of Saggars

Posted by Tom Evans on 28-06-2021

Put basically, the saggar is a deep ceramic box used in industrial applications to hold materials or items while they’re being fired in a kiln or furnace. While they can look relatively simple, the saggar was one of the first items of kiln furniture ever invented and has been through many ups-and-downs during its long existence. We’re here to pay tribute to the elder of the ceramics world and take a look inside the saggar. The Early Age (Pre-1700s) The…

IPS Ceramics - Cleaning Guide for Cordierite Kiln Shelves and Batts

Cleaning Guide for Kiln Shelves

Posted by Callum on 18-02-2021

IPS Ceramics understands that maintaining your kiln shelves is an extremely important part of glost firing. Neglected shelves (also known as batts and tiles) can result in flakes of wash getting on to your beautifully glazed surfaces or can cause ware to stick to shelves where glaze has previously dripped. To get the best life from your shelves, it is crucial to stay on top of cleaning tasks and to know how to apply a wash coating to your kiln…

IPS Ceramics - Alumina Tiles

Alumina Tiles Explained

Posted by Callum on 05-02-2021

Alumina is a cost-effective and widely used material for a wide range of industrial applications. IPS Ceramics have developed alumina tiles that are optimised for maximum wear and corrosion resistance. Alumina has a high density, diamond-like hardness with superior mechanical strength properties. This makes it the material of choice for a range of demanding applications. Suitable for Many Applications Alumina tiles are mainly used in three types of application. Larger, thin tiles are often used as support plates for sintering…

Benefits Of Kiln Furniture

4 Benefits Of Using Cordierite Kiln Furniture

Posted by Callum on 17-02-2020

Cordierite is commonly used to make kiln furniture for refractory applications, in part due to its good thermal shock properties, low thermal expansion and thermal conductivity. A relatively cost-effective material, cordierite kiln furniture is commonly used to hold and support products during heat-treatment processes (such as firing or sintering) at temperatures up to 1300 ºC (2372 ºF). At IPS Ceramics, we have a long-standing reputation for supplying cordierite kiln furniture to international ceramics industries. This extensive experience, spanning over a…

IPS Ceramics' 2019 Retrospective

IPS Ceramics’ 2019: A Retrospective

Posted by Tom Evans on 27-12-2019

2019 has been a big year for IPS Ceramics, filled with celebrations, new projects, new products, expos, articles and more. Join us as we look back over some selected highlights and look forward to the start of another decade of IPS… IPS CERAMICS' 10th ANNIVERSARY 2019 was an important year for IPS: though IPS Ceramics' employees have a long history in the ceramics industry, stretching back over a collective 250+ years, 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of the IPS Ceramics…

Kiln Furniture Silicon Carbide Kiln Car Setup

What Is Kiln Furniture Made Of?

Posted by Callum on 09-12-2019

At IPS Ceramics, we supply cordierite kiln furniture to the global ceramics industry and have done so for a collective 250+ years. The term kiln furniture is a broad one which encompasses a wide range of products, including: Kiln shelves Batts Tiles and plates Cover batts Tubes and beams Props and fittings Profile setters Rollers Saggars Stools T-cranks, Y-cranks and pin crank systems Kiln furniture must be stable, resistant to thermal shock cracking, lightweight, and able to withstand not only extreme…