Mica in Sheets: Phlogopite Mica vs Muscovite Mica

Mica in Sheets: Phlogopite Mica vs Muscovite Mica

Mica is a naturally occurring mineral and there are 37 varieties. However, the two we work with are phlogopite, or green, and muscovite, or white, mica.

These two forms of mica come in sheet form, in two grades, MFSSP (phlogopite) and MFSSM (muscovite). Each of these two forms of mica has qualities that make it suitable for different applications, used by a broad range of industries.

Our phlogopite and muscovite mica sheets are available in flexible or rigid grades, depending on their required use.

Protecting Furnace Coils with Elmesh and Vapourshield

Protecting Furnace Coils with Elmesh and Vapourshield

In coreless induction furnaces, it is vital that the coil responsible for the melting process can work as effectively and efficiently as possible, with a minimum risk of disruption. Protecting furnace coils is essential.

Depending on the type of metals they are melting, coreless induction furnaces can be at risk from materials penetrating the layer of grout surrounding the coil and damaging the coil itself.

Elmelin has developed furnace safety systems, protecting furnace coils by giving an early warning where there is a risk of damage to the coil grout. These products are laminates that line the furnace, combining mica with innovative technology.

These furnace systems are Elmesh and Vapourshield.

Achieving Thermal Consistency in Coreless Induction Furnaces

Achieving Thermal Consistency in Coreless Induction Furnaces

In the foundry and steel industry, production has been based on the principle of induction since the early years of the 20th century. Allen Colby patented the first induction furnace in 1900, and the induction heating of metal has spread since then, with most modern furnaces now using this electrical process.

The coreless induction furnace uses a crucible, into which metal is placed. A coil surrounds the crucible, which generates the electricity required to melt the metal in it.

For modern foundries using coreless induction furnaces to work efficiently, they must keep thermal consistency throughout this process. Maintaining the optimum temperature for the task will prevents the loss of valuable alloying elements, helping to achieve uncontaminated, well-mixed results every time.

Elmelin is a specialist manufacturer of products designed to support coreless induction furnaces in achieving this thermal consistency.

Tax Breaks for R&D

Tax Breaks for R&D

Innovation has its rewards, but it comes at a price. We recognise that, while we can offer a broad range of industrial insulation solutions and products, including specialist prototyping, many businesses need financial support to get to the stage where they can initiate these developments. Research and development (R&D) can be a fantastic way of not only growing your own business, but also growing your industry. But it can be costly. Tax breaks for R&D is a vital part of it, and a huge incentive for many.

For SMEs and others to unlock innovation, they must first be able to identify which research and development (R&D) costs are eligible for tax breaks and funding.

Slip Plane Characteristics of Mica Roll

Slip Plane Characteristics of Mica Roll

Induction furnaces provide an energy efficient solution to processing for the foundry and steel industry. The induction heating of metal involves applying heat to a coil of copper wire that surrounds a non-conductive crucible, containing the material to be melted down.

An alternating current runs through the copper wire coil, which creates a rapidly reversing magnetic field that can penetrate the metal. This penetration then induces circular electric currents inside the metal, eventually breaking down its resistance.

The advantage of the induction process for heating metal is that it avoids contamination of the material through use of any other external heat source, such as burning fuel.

However, due to the intense heat involved, the crucible lining must be able to withstand high temperatures, to maintain consistency and productivity. This is where the slip plane characteristics of mica roll as a furnace lining are so critical to foundry processes.

Happy Christmas from Elmelin

Happy Christmas from Elmelin

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to festive things, and where considerations of high temperature insulation, furnace safety systems and thermal management for industry may take a back seat.

 

But please, bear with us, and let us take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, with a few musings to go along with the mood of the  season.

Is R&D Worth it?

Is R&D Worth it?

Research and development, R&D, can be the key to unlocking greater competitiveness for companies, whatever their size. Investing in R&D is what drives advances in innovation, and innovation is one way for a business to differentiate itself the marketplace. Is R&D worth the investment though?

 

R&D is where businesses can develop new products, or enhance existing ones and, through vigorous testing and prototyping, prepare them for market.