Food Industry

The food industry has consistently shown strong demand for consistent product quality throughout the year in a globally connected market. For example, production sites in different locations with different climatic challenges must guarantee optimal networked productivity. Although the safety of contaminants from additives and undesirable additives continues to increase, customers demand quality through natural means [Cou06]. At the same time, reducing product costs is of great importance in the food industry [Tri08]. This sets high standards for material design and engineering.


Silicon Carbide (SiC)

The annual production of silicon carbide (SiC) exceeds 800,000 t, making it by far the most used non-oxide ceramic. In the past it has been used almost exclusively as an abrasive material, which still accounts for a major part of its usage. The development of new processes for the production of dense components with favourable mechanical properties enabled new fields of application.