EPS / Clean Set
Provides blocking and bracing for furniture and appliances. Can be custom-cut into protective shapes for delicate glass, china and other fragile items. Provides impact protection for sensitive electronics equipment. Good for loose-fill tonnage.
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However: A solution of one problem often leads to another, and this is certainly true in this case. As the Styrofoam burns in the kiln, it releases volatile gases that end up condensing on the roof of the kiln in the colder areas of the preheating zone. These condensates tend to mix with the chlorides and fluorides emanating from the products being fire, and create a greenish-grey goo that coats the kiln crown. From time to time, particles break away from the roof and fall on the glazed ware being fired, creating dirt in the glaze.
The EPS product, marketed under the name of "Clean Set", claims to have eliminated this kind of dirt defect. While it works like Styrofoam in terms of cushioning the placement of ware, the manufacturer has raised the flashpoint of Clean Set to be several hundred degrees higher than standard Styrofoam. The volatiles released oxidize more fully at this higher temperature, and condensate buildup is reduced or eliminated.
Does It Work? One of their clients certainly thinks so, and reported the same. If it works as advertised, it may solve an age old problem and reduce a significant loss category.
As article appears in the December 2006 issue of Ceramic Industry,
To provide a customer the ability to purchase all of their packaging needs from one supplier that can give them the service that they expect.
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