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Ceramics industry event on reducing defects announced

'Defect Reduction in Structural Ceramics – Problems and Practical Solutions’ on March 5 in Stoke-on-Trent will provide an opportunity to address the issue of wastage in the industry

An event organised by the British Ceramic Confederation and the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will be championing ways manufacturers can reduce defects – and consequentially reduce cost and environmental impact on their businesses.

The event, ‘Defect Reduction in Structural Ceramics – Problems and Practical Solutions’ will provide an opportunity for industrialists and academics to join together and address the issue of wastage in the industry.

Taking place at Lucideon, in Stoke-on-Trent, on Wednesday, March 5, the event will provide an opportunity to investigate strategies to tackle defect reduction and control in the manufacturing process.

Dr Laura Cohen, chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “The reject rate in some ceramic companies can approach ten per cent, so there are compelling economic and environmental reasons to implement defect reduction strategies.

“This seminar will look at the issue in an invigorating format, and provides a unique opportunity to engage with some of the world-class academics in the UK.

“It is the first time we have organised this event with the KTN and we hope it will develop into a regular programme, which informs ceramics manufacturers and signposts them to innovations and concepts that can positively impact on their business.”

Respected ceramicist Dr Roger Morrell, who is the author of The Handbook of Properties of Engineering and Technical Ceramics, will be leading the discussion.

“We are delighted Dr Roger Morrell will be our keynote speaker,” says Dr Laura Cohen. “He joins a panel of distinguished guests from industry and academia who will provide a highly informative insight into the issue of defects in the industry.

“The seminar will provide an opportunity to investigate strategies to tackle defect reduction, and also understand the concept and value of ‘good’ defects in the manufacturing process within a controlled environment.”

Dr Roger Morrell is a National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Emeritus Fellow with more than 40 years' experience of material characterisation in the fields of mechanical testing, microstructural evaluation, fractography and thermal expansion measurement, mostly for industrial companies.

Primarily of interest to those in industrial, refractory and technical ceramic subsectors, the seminar is also highly relevant to traditional ceramic manufacturers and is free to attend.

To register attendance please contact Helen Clarke at helenc@ceramfed.co.uk



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