Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Glazetile (Innovative approach for the digital ceramic tile glazing process, using a continuous in-line glazer)
Période du rapport: 2018-11-01 au 2019-02-28
The cited problems may be solved by a breakthrough technology, as applied in Glazetile digital glazing printers.
The main objective of the project is to improve and complete a new solution using a digital process for glaze deposition able to solve the above mentioned critical aspects of the actual spraying technology.
Trials and demonstrations have been performed, both in laboratory (TRL 4) and in production plant (TRL 5-TRL 6). A prototype of DigiGlaze printer is under test from January 2019 at a customer factory with good results. Upgrades in some components and general improvements in the control system will lead to a fully TRL7 printer.
We have participated in conferences and published in important scientific journals.
We have the technical and human capabilities to finish the development of Glazetile machines; we have maturity and experience in our business and commercialization strategies to introduce them into the market, and we have a very complex and dedicated network making the value chain efficient and productive.
The impacts are not only economic, which will produce savings to the ceramic tile industry, but to the occupational health and environmental.