Currently applied process control in the ceramics industry(bricks, tiles etc.) is restricted to traditional control techniques. Whilst dynamic process models and model based control software could provide massive advantages, no such models and software exist. Objective of the COMPtrol project is:. Develop generic dynamic multi-variables models (e.g.TNO)and control software(IPCOS and ISMC) for the SME dominated ceramics industry. Prove and demonstrate the benefits of applying model based control at SME manufacturers (validators in both bricks and tiles) to stimulate further uptake within the ceramics industry and beyond (glass industry, agro-food). Fine ceramic manufacturers will realise waste reduction from 15% to 5% of production (an estimate of up to 900 Meuro in Europe) .Energy (2500 kJ(kg) covers approximately 25-30% of the total production costs of ceramics. Energy savings o faround 3-5% will be an important benefit for both fine ceramics and brick and roof tiles manufacturers.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards