Case Study
Customer: Ceramic Drying Systems
Application: Ceramic manufacturing equipment process heating
Product: FD-C (GA)

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  Lanemark Process Gas Burner Control Helps Meet Exacting Ceramic Production Standards
31 October 2014

The excellent control characteristics associated with process gas burner technology from Lanemark International are increasingly being brought in to sharp focus at Stoke-on-Trent-based Ceramic Drying Systems (CDS).  The company has a leading worldwide reputation for the manufacture of drying and curing systems that meet specific challenges associated with the ceramic and concrete production industry.  It can point to a growing list of installations where Lanemark burner systems play a central role in its drying, curing and environmental control system designs.


“It is a key requirement of the production industry – from concrete, bricks, heavy clay and white-ware to sanitaryware and tableware production – that the heating and curing process follows extremely tight parameters and guidelines,” comments Chris Johnson, CDS Group’s Operations Director.  “By ensuring that operations are conducted in the optimum environment, the speed of drying and curing can be managed accurately while significantly reducing the risk of uneven curing or drying deformation.  The role of the Lanemark burners in meeting this essential requirement is fundamental and, indeed, has now become a standard part of our system design.”


The range of drying and curing systems that are manufactured by CDS fulfils a variety of processing requirements but, in all cases, the role of Lanemark burners is similar.  In these installations, the company’s FD-C (GA) burner systems are proving particularly beneficial for CDS with target temperatures within +/- 1°C readily fulfilled. 


“In each case, the gas burner fires directly into an air distribution system which delivers heat into the drying system via a complex duct work matrix in order to achieve consistent temperature ranging, typically, from 30°C to 150°C, dependent on the application,” says Adrian Langford, Lanemark’s General Manager.  “The design also helps to ensure that the heated air is delivered evenly across the conditioned area which is a further important application requirement.”


This level of precise control means that, in many cases, the drying or curing time required for relevant processes can be dramatically reduced.  Moreover, Chris Johnson points out that Lanemark designs are central to CDS’s patented ‘R-O2’ technology, where stoichiometric control over the gas and air are crucial in achieving the correct conditions to dry the products in the most economical process times available in today’s market place. 


The capability and reliability of the Lanemark burner systems also reflect the overall commitment CDS has to production quality.  The company highlights fast and uniform drying, high thermal efficiency and the reduction of waste heat alongside system flexibility and adaptability as key factors in this regard.     


Similar benefits that demonstrate this philosophy also arise where Lanemark’s burner technology is used with the range of environmental systems that CDS produces – many of which operate in conjunction with its drying and curing chambers.  “Here, the controlled heat is designed to elevate the ambient temperature within a manufacturing environment – typically to raise production area temperatures for drying purposes overnight before lowering them for work to resume the following morning,” continues Chris Johnson.


“In these installations, a temperature control range of +/- 2°C is common, with Lanemark burners again directly heating air distribution systems to ensure that clean, heated air is delivered efficiently into the optimum locations,” adds Chris Johnson.  He points out that the versatility of this approach is crucial as clearly the layout of each site is unique – whether the application calls, for example, for the drying of plaster moulds between casts, accurate day and night space heating or precise humidity controls to protect freshly cast pieces.  “These are requirements and functions of our systems that are aided by the flexibility of Lanemark’s duct burner design capability,” he says.


From China to Mexico and from Russia to the USA, Ceramic Drying Systems’ technology operates on a truly worldwide basis.  Its reputation is built on its use of modern and technologically advanced techniques and to applying the same commitment to quality componentry whether for a single machine or a complete production line.


“With our process gas burners delivering key advantages in every case, we believe both companies can point to a blend of leading technologies that consistently meets the most exacting needs in this highly specialised field,” concludes Adrian Langford.