Clay, Grog and Water are the basic raw materials, used in making clay pipes. All the raw materials are mixed together in suitable quantities to produce the best of vitrified clay pipes.
Once the test is validated, the body will be transferred to the extruder. The extruder machine forms the pipe’s shape and engrave on to it the manufacturer’s name, the product’s size range, diameter as well as the production date and the
After the pipe shaping process is completed the drying phase begins. The pipes are placed on mobile dryer pallets or cars, which are fully automated and directed into the dryers of temperatures up to 130° – 80° C for a period of 3-5 days.
Once the clay pipes have taken their form and are dried, the pipes are subject to quality control. Then they are fully dipped in wet glaze, which insures that the pipes are glazed internally and externally.
After being glazed the products move forward to the firing process. AIC uses top notch technologically with advanced kilns that ensure the optimum levels of heat necessary for various diameters of pipes ensuring no humidity is left. The firing process temperatures are 1180° ±10° while taking up to 2-5 days depending on the size of pipes. The clay material after this has extraordinary properties in respect of impenetrability, resistance to toxic chemicals, & mechanical strength making it a very durable and long-lasting product.
Quality Check & Sorting:
To maintain the highest levels of quality, numerous tests are conducted at all stages of the manufacturing process making sure the specifications & exceptional characteristics of the product are being met according to the international and local standards without compromise. In case there are discrepancies in the quality, the product is recycled.
Then comes the jointing phase where rings made of polyurethane and rubber are fitted on to both ends of the pipes.
Jointing Quality Check:
In order to maintain consistency & guarantee superior quality, continuous supervision and control is practiced. Pipes are inspected & examined for quality assurance of the flexible rings fitted on to the pipes.
Packing & Storing:
The last stage is packing and storing the finished product. Pipes are assembled together according to their sizes, placed on wooden pallets & safely tied together, using heavy-duty wire, the pipes are then stored in our warehouse ready to be transported.