Performance Materials

Brick & Tile

Prince’s team of ceramic, chemical, and materials engineers focus on supporting the needs of the brick and tile industries.

Capabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Dedicated development with laboratory and pilot plant scales as well as integrated field development program utilizing our plant capabilities from high sheer mixing, sizing, and color development
  • Mixing and batching capabilities for both powders and liquid blends for small scale lab samples as well as large scale trial work to meet the full range of customer requirements
  • Brick/Tile/Ceramics development capabilities for custom engineered solutions
  • Wide range of testing capabilities
  • Quality assurance controlled with a wide range of metrological equiment not limited to Wet Chemistry X Ray Fluorescence, UV and Infra Red Spectrometry, Atomic Absorption Spectometry, Flame Photometry, Dilatometry, and a range of Rheometers for pertinent chemical and physical parameters relevant to our customer’s needs

Solutions include, but are not limited to:

  • Custom designed through-the-body color additives
  • Custom designed dry applied colorants
  • Engineered rheological and fired properties tailored for the specific customer

R&D members are active participants in the NBRC, Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, and the International Clay Technology Association.

Metallurgical

Prince’s team of metallurgists and materials engineers focus on supporting the needs of the foundry, steel, forging, and other metallurgical industries.

Capabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Fully functioning mineral sand and foundry lab capable of performing tests such as:
    • Particle size distribution
    • Acid demand values
    • pH
    • % Loss on ignition
    • % Moisture
    • Tensile testing
    • Pyrometric Cone Equivalencies (PCE values)
    • Viscosity testing
    • Exothermic/insulating burn patterns

Solutions include, but are not limited to:

  • Lab personnel perform all R&D duties and conduct essential technical service functions

All members of the R&D team are active participants in the American Foundry Society and the Association for Iron and Steel Technology