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3/2/2004
Sacmi launches a new tile bending line

Revolutionary production technology, patented by Keser, may have much to offer in the residential and health service construction fields.

The new porcelain tile bending line - the result of close collaboration between Keser Diva Design (holder of the international patent for the bending system) and Sacmi, which has the world exclusive on supplying the machinery that carries out the bending process – is now fully operative. The potential for this technology is enormous, as it could, in theory, be used by the entire world ceramic industry. The line consists of a kiln, specially designed to bend the refractory-supported tiles, and an equipment set which prepares the bend/fold and finishes the piece to perfection.
This system is nothing less than revolutionary, allowing tiles to be bent at variable angles as desired. Prior to this, similar processes were confined to the glass industry. Yet while glass can be modelled when it is still relatively “cool”, doing the same with ceramic involves considerably higher temperatures of around 1200°C. “Thanks to this new line” - says Roberto Fabbroni, General Manager of Keser - “we can shape ceramic slabs to meet specific needs. For example, architects will be able to order specially-shaped tiles to fit their projects perfectly”. The main point of application will be in the home and its corners. A single ceramic item that has been bent 90° can, of course, be used to cover an entire step: similarly, it can also act as a floor tile-cum-wall tile to provide an alternative to traditional skirting.
“This innovation”, continues Fabbroni, “eliminates the edges and interstices between wall and floor where dust and dirt often gather: that’s why we believe it to be ideal for hospitals and other places where cleanliness and hygiene are a must. For example, in Germany, ceramic had been banned from hospitals to eliminate interstices. Now, with the advent of this new product, the debate on hygiene could be reopened”.

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