Technology

Cutting-edge developments for System Ceramics’ Lamgea technology

04/04/2019

The Lamgea mouldless press tech­nology for the production of large ceramic tiles and slabs is extremely uni­form, meaning that fired prod­ucts have constant density and a high degree of homogeneity af­ter firing to create the so-called “book match” effect.

The production process for large ceramic tiles and slabs developed by Sys­tem Ceramics centres around Lamgea mouldless press tech­nology.

Lamgea has a dedicated work cycle capa­ble of producing large-size slabs (up to 1800x4800 mm) in a wide range of thicknesses (from 3 to 30 mm).

This pressing system is a unique technology for several reasons. In particular, it is extremely uni­form, meaning that fired prod­ucts have constant density and a high degree of homogeneity af­ter firing to create the so-called “book match” effect.

Lamgea28000 (size up to 1800x2700 mm) and Lamgea25000 (size up to 1800x2400 mm) can produce sub-sizes based on 60 mm, 80 mm and 90 mm modules, guar­anteeing the high productivi­ty and quality that have always been hallmarks of System Ce­ramics. Thanks to the absence of a mould, the press also al­lows for maximum flexibility in size change operations, which involve setting a number of pa­rameters digitally via software without the need for mechani­cal operations or belt changes. But the really unique feature of this pressing technology is the fact that all the sizes can be pro­duced with a single belt, there­by considerably reducing costs.

Compared to traditional large-size tile pressing, the System Ce­ramics forming process guaran­tees a flatness to within 0.1 mm and a calibre of 2 mm or less per side. This means that less mate­rial needs to be removed during the rectification and semi-pol­ishing operations, considera­bly reducing processing costs. In keeping with principles of lean manufacturing and industri­al sustainability, the System Ce­ramics technology also facilitates the task of recovering scrap from the pressing and cutting stages. The recycled scrap is processed directly alongside the press and is then mixed and batched ready to be introduced directly into the feeders. This avoids having to transport the material recov­ered from the pressing and cut­ting process inside the factory.

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