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SOLVED: Top 3 tiles quality issues faced by buyers

MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in Quality improvement ·
Tags: qualityissuesimprovement
Indian tiles industry has evolved in terms of wide range of designs available, thanks to digital printing machines. But much has to be done yet on the quality part. We took feedback from major local and international customers about what type of quality issues they face still after the arrival of latest machineries. Below is the list of the top 3 quality issues many tiles buyers face and the latest available technology to solve those issues.

1) Scratches on tiles surface:
This problem is very critical. Scratches on tiles are more common for GLOSSY tiles and for POLISHED tiles. The glossy surfaces are prone to get scratches easily.

Reason for scratches: i) during the manufacturing process at many places tiles are sliding onto each other.
ii) During the packing of tiles in to cartons (boxes) the tiles may get scratches

Solution to scratch issue: i) the most inexpensive solution is to apply a “back wash” (a solution of calcium carbonate) in the back side of tiles. The small partials of this solution give the tiles back a smooth surface to glide over each other and thus avoids the scratches.
ii) The better alternative is to use automation. There is machinery available as shown in below video which lifts the tiles from center and puts at other place. This has proved to be better than any other solutions.
Currently QUTONE tiles and SIMPOLO ceramics uses this technology in Morbi to provide their customers the tiles without scratch problems.

2) Bending of tiles:
The second big problem is bending of tiles. In technical term it is also called warpage or planarity issue.

Reason for bending: i) The biggest culprit for bent tiles is improper temperature it may get during the firing process in kiln.
ii) there are some cases where due to improper pressure by the press machine which makes raw biscuits.

Solution to bending issue:  i) To check some tiles randomly by holding the tiles strait in front of eye to observe any bending. This method is NOT full proof and the sorting person can’t practically check each and every tiles.
ii) Some European equipment manufacturers (such as System Ceramics) are providing a new technology (DICO Planar - Planarity control) to check planarity (bending). The factory just need to enter the range of bending which is acceptable and the planarity machine will mark each and every single tiles which goes beyond that limit. Please see below video to understand the process:
Currently CITY TILES in Himmatnagar and SILVENIA CERAMIC of Morbi (Group factory of SIMPOLO) uses this technology to make tiles without bending issues. (Note: City tiles use the world’s leading SYSTEM CERAMICS machinery to control bending issues)

3) Diagonal and size issues:
Though this problem is not very common but when it appears it is too serious because if the tiles are not diagonally perfect square or perfect rectangle it is impossible to install a tile precisely. Also if the size of tiles from a single batch varies a lot it is not possible to match the joints of tiles.

Reason for sizing issue: improper sizing process (also called rectification) causes diagonal and size issues.

Solution to sizing issue: The same company System Ceramic offers machinery (DICO Liner - Orthogonal control) as mentioned earlier can also control this problem as well. To see this in action at City Tiles – India please check the same video above.

We clearly see that it is really a radical shift in Indian tiles industry because factories now emphasize on investing in Quality and not only in product range.

Shut down of production during November 2015

MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in news ·
Today the stalwarts of Morbi Ceramic Industry had a informal meeting and decided to stop production (shut-down) for the entire month of November. So most of factories will not produce tiles between 1st November to 30th November 2015.

Event: Central government seminar on EXPORT PROMOTION

MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in event ·
Tags: seminarDGFTexportpromotion
જયહિંદ સાથે જણાવવાનું કે ભારત સરકારના વાણિજ્ય અને ઉદ્યોગ મંત્રાલય દ્વારા તારીખ ૨૨.૦૮.૨૦૧૫ ના દિવસે મોરબી માં ‘એક્ષ્પોર્ટ પ્રમોશન’ વિશે સેમીનાર રાખવામાં આવેલ છે. આ સેમીનારનો ઉદેશ નવજુવાન અને નવા સિરામીક ટાઈલ્સના એક્ષ્પોર્ટર ને પ્રોત્સાહન આપવાનો તેમજ વિદેશ વ્યાપાર નીતિ વિશે માર્ગદર્શન આપવાનો છે. આ સેમીનાર જોઈન્ટ ડીરેક્ટર જનરલ ઓફ ફોરેન ટ્રેડ – રાજકોટ ની ઓફીસ દ્વારા આયોજિત કરવામાં આવેલ છે.

EVENT UPDATE: Seminar from Xaar for your Digital Machine in Morbi

MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in Event ·
Tags: XAARdigitalmachine
This is an initiative taken by Xaar to support you in getting the best results from the Xaar technology based Digital printers in your factory. Also to educate and train your machine operators for good management of the machines for long run and good productivity.

All about the latest wall tiles size 250x750mm

MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in new launch ·
Tags: 250x750walltiles
To push the sales in the deem tiles market, there was a dire need for new products in Indian ceramic tiles market as most of the tiles became too common as many factories started offering same sizes of tiles and similar designs.

Attn.: Exporters of tiles to IRAQ

MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in ceramic industry ·
Tags: iraqexportcustom.duty
Umm Qasr Customs Tax/duty increased by 5% to 15% from 1st May, 2015


MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in ceramic industry ·
Tags: saudiarabiacustomsexports
Saudi Customs have imposed new rules for the import of Ceramic Tiles to the Kingdom and it is effective from 1st December 2014 (there is no written circular to this effect, but, new rule has been already in effect from 1st December 2014)...

Brazil is preparing to impose anti-dumping duty on Chinese tiles

MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in ceramic industry ·
Tags: Brazilantidumpingchinaexport
Many customers from Brazil have visited Morbi to source right partners to buy ceramic & porcelain tiles. Brazil seems to be the NEXT BIG EXPORT DESTINATION for Morbi's vitrified tiles.

Jump start of the industry after strike situation

MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in ceramic industry ·
Tags: strikeceramicsalesmorbi
Industry is having more pending orders then ever. One of the reason for this is the completion of the strike situation during which all the factories remain in "shut-down" mode. Currently everyday more customer from abroad are visiting Morbi who are looking to purchase tiles.

Contribution of GAIL to the growth story of MORBI

MORBI | Tiles manufacturing hub of India
Published by in ceramic industry ·
Tags: GAILnaturalgas
Good number of companies in Gujarat have shown turnaround performance by switching to Natural Gas from other non-renewable fuels
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