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National Refractories opens new R&D facility.

National Refractories & Minerals Corp, Oakland, CA, has opened a new research and development facility in Livermore, CA, for the development and testing of refractories used in industrial applications and for minerals used in chemical and building materials markets.

According to Dr. Joseph S. Masaryk, vice president of research and development, the Livermore Research Center is one of the more comprehensive refractory R&D facilities in the world. It offers extensive testing and analytical capabilities.

It also includes a large pilot plant designed for the production and performance testing of refractory products manufactured or under development by the company. The pilot plant houses all the various types of equipment used in the forming of refractory products and numerous high temperature furnaces used to manufacture and test specimens under simulated service conditions.

The 57,000 sq ft research center is on 3.5 acres in the Airport Business Center, 32 miles from the company's headquarters. It includes 12,000 sq ft of office area, 7000 sq ft of laboratory space and 34,000 sq ft of R&D space. About 50 people are on the center's staff.

The Livermore Research Center will focus on five specific areas: new product development and improvement of existing products; raw material and product testing; evaluation of refractory samples removed from use; analytical services for the Research Center and the company's manufacturing plants; and process and quality engineering services for the manufacturing operations.
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Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Jun 1, 1990
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