NEWS 2017


Siam Ceramic Fusion MS

Siam Ceram Fusion MS

Siam Ceramic, part of the Thai SCG (Siam Cement Group), recently tested the Fusion granulation tower by Manfredini & Schianchi at the Saraburi plant where, since 2014, the MS-Drytech dry grinding plant has been in operation.

Fusion FGT technology, covered by a worldwide patent, will be used to produce single-fired tiles in the 60x60 and 90x90 cm formats with a super-gloss finish.

This technological solution was chosen by the Thai group for the advantages it brings both from the point of view of the production process and environmental sustainability.

In fact, it allows you to obtain a dry granulate (without the use of fluid bed dryers) which has excellent homogenisation, smoothness and density characteristics, guaranteeing perfect interpenetration of all the raw materials present in the formulation and excellent stability in the subsequent pressing phases , drying and cooking.

The result is a high quality final product that maintains the same standards of water absorption (<3%) and tensile strength when green, dried and fired, as well as the same drying and firing cycles; Also noteworthy is the surface of the support, extremely homogeneous, ideal for matt and glossy applications.

Furthermore, Fusion completely eliminates the consumption of natural gas in the production process and consequently reduces CO2 emissions.


Ceramica Almeida, an important Brazilian ceramic group active in the Santa Gertrudes (SP) area since 1938, recently inaugurated the new factory for the production of porcelain stoneware.

The interesting news about this production unit is that it will produce porcelain stoneware, but with the dry grinding technology of Manfredini and Schianchi.

The new M&S dry raw material preparation line will have a production capacity of 25 tons/h with a separation cut of 45 microns and will feed a Siti-B&T line which will have to produce approximately 550.000 m40/month of porcelain stoneware with a cycle of around 60 minutes' and with formats of 60x60 and 90xXNUMX.

This important technological result was achieved through the study of various local raw materials thanks to the work carried out over the last three years between the Technological Center of Manfredini and Schianchi, important Brazilian ceramic research centers and the staff of qualified technicians of Ceramica Almeida.

It was thus possible to obtain a dry ceramic product with characteristics of mechanical resistance, absorption and aesthetic quality that faithfully reflect a porcelain stoneware product obtained with wet technology.

The important technological result was obtained thanks to the introduction of the concept of "open cycle" grinding complete with air drying (suitable for receiving raw materials with humidity up to 17%) which allows to obtain a mixture perfectly homogenized ceramic, with constant humidity and a very fine grain size cut (45 microns).

The hot air that enters the mill has a consumption reduced to a minimum thanks to the recovery system coming from the oven cooling.

The finishing pendulum mills are the brand new MOLOMAX 6/190 MEGA which guarantee high performance even for fine grinding and with raw materials of various nature and hardness which allow, inside the grinding chamber, to uniformly mix the ceramic mass, effectively creating a homogenization suitable for the subsequent granulation phase.

The MADIREX granulation system itself is a fundamental part of obtaining a spherical granule, without the use of drying. MADIREX granulation also has the great advantage of being completely automated, through the management of load cells, litre-counters, flow and humidity meters which allow, through specific software, to automatically control the entire granulation cycle, self-regulating when there are problems sudden changes in humidity.

This system is fully part of industry 4.0 and next year the granulation system is expected to be completed with the installation of the FUSION FGT Technology Tower, a technology patented throughout the world, which allows for obtaining a dry porcelain stoneware ceramic agglomerate with a smoothness and mold filling index similar to the best atomized ones.

Manfredini & Schianchi is once again chosen by a highly prestigious ceramic group such as the Almeida group, confirming that behind the success of a large company, there are always great partners of which the Sassuolo company is honored to be part.

Almeida ceramic

Almeida ceramic







Azarakhsh Brick

NEW IRAN ORDER FOR MANFREDINI AND SCHIANCHI The Iranian company Azarakhsh International Refractory Brick Manufacturer Group, well known and appreciated for the production of bricks with low absorption and high mechanical resistance - such as paver and exposed bricks - which, with almost 100 thousand tons per year of production destined for the domestic and foreign market, represents an important reference in the building sector. bricks and building materials, requested Manfredini and Schianchi to supply a plant for the dry preparation of raw materials.

This plant will be installed at the new factory located in the city of Qom, and will feed the line for the production of strip bricks.

The system supplied will have a capacity of approximately 40 TH and will essentially be composed of:

  • Nr.2 PIG-MAXI HD hammer mills equipped with double grids to obtain a product already with 60% fine material
  • No. 4 high performance MS265 screens complete with self-cleaning and automatic opening systems
  • No. 2 MADIREX granulation units equipped with an automatic feed flow control system with automatic humidity management via the latest generation DMS meter.
  • Nr.2 MS930 type feeding, dosing and sorting systems for SACMI PH690 presses.

The new factory will be located near the historic site in Azarakhsh and will come into full operation by the end of the year. It will be designed for an ordinary production capacity of 140 thousand pieces per day, equal to 85 tons, with the possibility of managing production peaks of up to a maximum of 100 tons per day.

Azarakhsh will thus complete its vast range of offerings, already particularly popular on the domestic and foreign markets.

For M&S, which has been operating in the Iranian ceramic and brick market for over 20 years, this is another large and important reference in an area that will be rapidly expanding for the next few years for the high quality building materials sector in a historical moment in which Iran is considered both a steadily growing country and strategically important for the political-economic balance in the Middle Eastern area.



Manfredini & Schianchi has developed FGT technology with the specific objective of achieving excellent homogenization, smoothness and density characteristics of the final granulate, to truly challenge the existing atomization technique in the creation of ceramic products.

The fine particles, previously treated with Manfredini & Schianchi dry grinding technology, undergo a calibrated mechanical compression in our FGT system, in order to activate the underlying molecular covalent and electromagnetic forces.

The result of this process guarantees excellent interpenetration of all the raw materials of the formula and exceptional stability in the subsequent stages of pressing, drying and cooking.

FGT is the correct response to a request for sustainable development in the ceramic tile production process, as this system is completely free of CO2 emissions.






Salinera Espanola

Salinera Espanola Ibiza

Salinera Espanola Ibiza

Salt Washing Screw

Salinera Espanola Ibiza

Salinera Espanola, a historic Spanish group founded in 1878, relies on the 100% Made in Italy technology of Manfredini & Schianchi for the supply of a 250 TH sea salt washing system.

The washing of the salt, collected at the Ibiza salt pan, will take place via two MS washing screws of 125 TH each completely made of AISI 304 stainless steel.

The machines have been set up to have a second internal wash, using special nozzles, and equipped with a protection grid on the entire upper part both to be able to work in total safety and to avoid external contamination.

Salt Washing plant

The entire containment structure was made in a single block of completely watertight stainless steel to avoid any problem of brine leaks and long downtimes in case of changing any deteriorated rubber gaskets (totally absent in all MS models ).

The entire support structure, upon customer request, was also made entirely of AISI 304 stainless steel.

Thus, thanks to constant technological research and the design and construction of increasingly high-performance machines and systems, the growth of Manfredini & Schianchi continues in the field of salt production, both marine and mineral, which sees the Sassuolo company, unique Italian supplier of turnkey refining plants, undisputed leader in the sector.

Salt Washing Screw



Source: Oman Observer

A large plant to satisfy a considerable part of the national salt requirement for both domestic and industrial use. Conrad Prabhu

– MUSCAT, 10 January 2017

– The Sultanate's first salt refinery is currently under construction at Ras Bantoot near Duqm on the Al Wusta coast in Oman. Renowned oil and gas services company, Al Ghalbi International Engineering & Contracting LLC (GIE), is investing over RO ten million in the construction of a plant with a capacity of 135.000 metric tonnes (MT) per annum.

Conceived according to the dictates of the government's In-Country Value (ICV) strategy, the project aims to achieve great successes in satisfying the domestic demand for salt for industrial use, which is currently supplied exclusively through imports.

“This is the first large-scale salt processing and refining plant, which in addition to its considerable size, will have an ecological energy component,” says Project Coordinator Tariq Farooq. “The sun's energy will be harnessed to concentrate seawater into raw salt crystals, which will then be processed and refined to produce 99,8% pure salt.” In addition to culinary uses, salt has numerous uses in the Sultanate, particularly in the oil and gas and industrial sectors.

In the industrial field, it is used for the production of drilling material and in the fields of steam injection, water softening, soap production and more. “As an import substitution project, the GIE salt refinery will be able to meet approximately 25 percent of the nation's salt requirement, estimated at approximately 500.000 MT/year. At the moment, meeting the requirement is achieved through imports from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and so on.

Salt Refibery Plant Oman

However, when our project starts in the third quarter of the year, we will be able to supply high-quality industrial and food-grade salt for the local market,” the Engineer in charge of the project told us.

Construction is already underway on a large area of ​​1,6 km2, along the Bantoot coast, not far from Mahout. The heart of the plant is an immense network of enormous rectangular salt pans, which will be filled with sea water. As the water gradually evaporates, crude salt is created which will be transferred to the adjacent refinery, where dissolved impurities, such as calcium chloride, magnesium sulphate and other minerals, will be removed.

The equipment for refinery was built by an Italian technology supplier, Tariq tells us, adding that the purified salt will be marketed under the “Made in Oman” brand.

The potential for exports, as an ingredient for textile dyeing, leather production, soap production and de-icing, will also be examined, Tariq added.

Established in 1997 as a Local Community Contractor (LLC) focused on oilfield services, as part of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) operations at Block 6, Al Ghalbi has since evolved to become a diversified entity, with interests including pipeline design, EPC and construction, industrial chemicals, information and communications technologies, media, tourism and catering.

Al Ghalbi Oman

Salt Plant

Salt Refinery Plant

Salt Ponds Plant

Salt Refinery Plant




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