.Ceramic and glass tableware is decorated with colors dispersed in organic Liquids or with patterns printed on organic films. In both cases, the decorated ware must be heated in a kiln to burn away the organic material and fix the color. Tableware canbe given several firings if the pattern is complex.. Decoration firing is often carried outing batches of 4,500 items and takes about 8 hours. The project will develop laser processing as an alternative to kiln firing. The laser will be incorporated into the decorating line and directed at the pattern soon after its application. This innovation will provide many process benefits; lasers are a discrete, efficient, clean and flexible heat source. It will, remove decoration firing operations. Significant cost savings are seen from reduced energy, reduced process time and decreased work in progress. This prospect is attractive to the industry sectors. Lower production costs will make manufacturers within the E.U. more competitive.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
382 21 Nybro