• Another EU Project funded for the Ceramic Centre

The EU Project “SILIFE – PRODUCTION OF QUARTZ POWDERS WITH REDUCED CRYSTALLINE SILICA TOXICITY” has been funded, after being submitted to EU Call for proposals LIFE 2014 – subprogramme: ENVIRONMENT, priority area: ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE EFFICIENCY.
The Project will last 4 years and involves 10 European Partners.
The main purpose of SILIFE is to reduce the impact on the health of workers deriving from exposure to crystalline silica.
The prospect is to replace the standard quartz powder with processed quartz powder, in order to obtain a material with decreased toxicity, but with the same technical performance.
The Kick-off Meeting will be held on Oct. 14, at Univ. Jaume I, Castellón (E).

  • Starting of the activities related to European Project REMEB

Activities are starting within the European Project “REMEB - Eco-Friendly Ceramic Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Based on Recycled Agricultural and Industrial Wastes for Waste Water Reuse”, funded in February 2015.
The aim of the Project is the implementation and validation of low-cost ceramic membrane bioreactors (MBR), to be used in wastewater treatment plants.
On Sept. 14 and 15 the kick-off meeting hase been held, see the press release.

  • Project WINCER

WINCER (Waste Synergy in the production of Innovative CERamics) Project has been funded, after being submitted to EU Call for proposals CIP-EIP-ECO-INNOVATION-2013. The project, in which Ceramic Centre is partner with Fincibec S.p.A. (Sassuolo, MO, Italy) and Minerali Industriali S.r.l. (Novara, Italy) has officially started the activities on January 27 2015 and will last three years.
The details of WINCER are available in the Project Database of CIP EcoInnovation Projects.

Link to WINCER Official Website

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  • International Congress “CERMODEL 2015 – Modelling and Simulation Meet Innovation in Ceramics Technology”

At the Conference, organised by the University of Trento, the Ceramic Centre has participated with the oral presentation “Role of Elastic-Plastic Model in Evaluating the Friction Coefficient of Ceramic Tiles”(A. Rioli, B. Mazzanti, M.C. Bignozzi).
The work, carried out in the framework of the Line of Research of Ceramic Centre Study and optimisation of anti-slip properties of pedestrian ceramic surfaces has illustrated the forecasting capabilities of an elastic model which, on the basis of the microscopic structure of the surfaces and of their elastic properties, aims to define the response of the system shoe sole/ceramic tile with respect to the friction.
The next goal of this research is to extend these results to find the optimal surface structure which maximizes the anti slip properties of the ceramic tiles.

Go to website of CERMODEL 2015

  • Conference on Legislative Decree 102/2014 ” Implementation of Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency”

On June 12, 2015, a Conference has been held at the headquarters of Confindustria Ceramica, focused on L.D. 102/14. It implements the European Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, which establish targets for energy saving for each Member State. The Decree sets the committment of energy audits for energy consuming- and large-companies, by December 5, 2015.
On this basis, Confindustria Ceramica entrusted Yousave (Company of Innowatio Group) with the drafting of the “Guidelines for the development of Energy Diagnosis in the ceramic industry according to L.D. 102/2014″.
The document was developed thanks to the contributions of a Working Group, composed of representatives of Yousave, 7 ceramic Companies, Ceramic Centre and Certiquality.
The document provides information and support tools for the realisation of the energy audit, with details on the ceramic process. It also gives a description of the energy saving measures that can be implemented in the field.

  • The Ceramic Centre at X edition of R2B – Research to Business

The Ceramic Centre, Laboratory of Emilia-Romagna Region High Technology Network, will participate at R2B – Research to Business (Bologna Fairs, June 4-5, 2015), an event in which innovation becomes tangible and it becomes possible to find offers of new technologies, as well as to discover policies for business competitiveness.
The request for business innovation finds a response at R2B, through national and international laboratories and research centers, startups and institutions: a place of strong concreteness for those who look to the future.

The Ceramic Centre offers the free participation at R2B. Click on the banner and sign up.
  • Ceramic Centre Seminars

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 the cycle of Ceramic Centre Seminars has been concluded. The main purpose of the seminars was to make the state-of-the-art about issues of great importance for the ceramics industry (Sustainability, International Standards, Safety and Surface Treatments, Innovation), and create a constructive synergy between scientific research and industry.
The meetings have achieved considerable interest, and the number of visitors has always been high, represented mostly by ceramic tile manufacturers of the District.
Thanks to the considerable results obtained, the Ceramic Centre is planning a new cycle of seminars for next year.

  • Seminar “The evolution of the new Standard ISO 9001:2015″

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – h 2:00 pm, at Ceramic Centre (CC) - Sassuolo branch has been held the Seminar “The evolution of the new Standard ISO 9001:2015 (DIS Document)”, organised by Certiquality and sponsored by CC, during which the significant changes contained in the new edition of the Standard have been illustrated.

  • Ceramic Centre at Workshop “State of the art and challenges in thermal and mechanical modelling of ceramic materials”

The workshop has brought together international experts in the field of ceramic science and material modelling and representatives from research institutes and industry with the following aims: (i) to set-up the state of the art of the constitutive modelling in ceramics, (ii) to assess the possibilities of improving efficiency and safety in industrial processes of refractories and (iii) to define the current challenges in the engineerization of the liquid steel
technology as related to the use of ceramic components.

Dr. Elisa Rambaldi (Ceramic Centre) has presented the paper “Acoustic and Thermal Performances of Ceramic Tiles” (E. Rambaldi, F. Prete, G. Timellini, M.C. Bignozzi).

  • Expo Revestir 2015

Ceramic Centre (CC) has attended Expo Revestir 2015 (Sao Paulo, BR, March 3-6, 2015). Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi (Director of CC) has presented a paper during Tecnargilla Brasil Forum, in which the latest developments for sustainability in the ceramics industry were illustrated.

  • Ceramic Centre partecipates in Programme COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

On Feb. 26, 2015 Ceramic Centre (CC) has attended the Meeting COST Action “Newgen” (New Generation Biomimetic and Customized Implants for Bone Engineering).
The project, aimed to foster the exchange of knowledge in the field of biomaterials between research institutes, companies and clinics, brings together 139 participating institutions from 29 different European Countries (+ USA and Canada).

  • University of Bologna and Ceramic Centre meet the Directive Board of Confindustria Ceramica

On Feb. 3, 2015, at the headquarters of Confindustria Ceramica, the new Director of Ceramic Centre – Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi – has been introduced to the Directive Board of Confindustria Ceramica. The meeting was also attended by Prof. Francesco Ubertini representative of University of Bologna in the Board of Directors of Ceramic Centre and candidate for the position of Chancellor. The presence, at the same table, of University of Bologna, Ceramic Centre and Confindustria Ceramica, has confirmed as “university research, innovation and enterprises” represent three parts that must always act more synergistically, to increase the Italian economic development.

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  • Project WINCER

WINCER (Waste Synergy in the production of Innovative CERamics) Project has been funded, after being submitted to EU Call for proposals CIP-EIP-ECO-INNOVATION-2013. The project, in which Ceramic Centre is partner with Fincibec S.p.A. (Sassuolo, MO, Italy) and Minerali Industriali S.r.l. (Novara, Italy) will last three years. The official start of the activities is dated January 27 2015, the day in which the kick-off meeting has been held.
The details of WINCER are available in the Project Database of CIP EcoInnovation Projects.

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  • International Brokerage Event – Green Industries Project

    Within R2B 2015, it was organized an International Brokerage Event of the Green Industries Project: a significative opportunity to deal with the issues of energy efficiency, reducing consumptions and improving the environmental impact of industry, which offered to companies, universities and research centers the opportunity to meet potential partners from all over Europe, with the aim to create partnerships and to participate in research projects funded at European level.
  • New Package “Solar Reflectance Index – SRI for LEED certification”

    The Solar Reflectance Index - SRI, required by LEED certification to qualify the building materials from the point of view of the decrease of the "heat island effect", is becoming increasingly important. So, the Ceramic Centre has developed the "SRI Package", that allows for the determination of the SRI on 5 products, at particularly favourable prices.
  • Conference “Raw materials for ceramic tiles” – Sassuolo (MO) Italy

    On Jan. 29, 2015 the yearly I.Cer.S. Conference on Raw Materials for Ceramic Tiles has been held. Ceramic Centre has attended the meeting presenting the paper “Evaluation of ceramic raw materials for a safe working environment" (G. Bonvicini, A. Albertazzi, M.C. Bignozzi).
  • Ceramic Centre has new Director

    Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi, (Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering - DICAM - University of Bologna) has substituted for Prof. Giorgio Timellini, outgoing Director (2006-2014).
  • Completed FP7 SME 2011 SILICOAT Project

    The aim of the Project SILICOAT was to transform raw materials containing quartz into intrinsically safe products and, in turn, to make safe the use of these substances in the ceramic industrial process.