Origin of the project
In 2006, BERALMAR began the construction of a kiln and dryer for CERÁMICAS ALONSO in Valencia (Spain). This factory had a production line with a direct kiln car setting dryer, and like all those who work with this type of facility, they asked BERALMAR for a dryer of the same type.
There weren’t actually many alternatives, since CERÁMICAS ALONSO specializes in the manufacture of large-formats, and the project had to contemplate the production of sub-roof bricks up to 1,500 mm long, 30 mm thick and between 200 and 300 mm wide. Using any other type of dryer to dry these formats without warping the brick is practically impossible and would cause lots of problems and breakages during the handling of the dry material. Using a direct kiln car setting dryer was the only viable option.
Execution of the project
The factory was commissioned in 2007 and it has been operating intermittently as a result of the construction crisis in Spain. Despite this, CERÁMICAS ALONSO is one of the approximately 25% of factories that survived this crisis and this is largely due to its product specialization and the good work of its management and production teams.
But another reason to mention this case is that a couple of years ago, ALONSO set out to manufacture 2-metre sub-roof bricks. BERALMAR’s experts got involved and one out of every two rows of burners had to be eliminated to allow for a new form of setting, which because of the size of the bricks, was not adapted to the type of kiln.