Nutec Bickley offers a wide variety of tunnel kilns fabrication and car handling equipment for high volume ceramic production.

The tunnel kilns is designed to meet the customer’s needs as determined by their process and layout requirements.

Tunnel kilns comprise of a set of kiln cars or trucks passing through a hot tunnel on rails. Product is placed onto the kiln cars usually with setting furniture. The temperature rises towards the middle and then cools towards the end so the temperature profile is created by different temperatures at different sections of the kiln down its length. This type of kiln is suitable for firing big volumes of products with excellent consistency for the products.

Nutec Bickley tunnel kilns are manufactured for ceramic production at temperatures of up to 1,800°C (3,270°F). With Nutec Bickley’s equipment, process variables are under tight control from the beginning to the end of the cycle, assuring superior quality of your finished products. Our tunnel kilns count with high levels of control resulting in top quality products and a low energy usage offering lower cost production.

• Dimensions: 15 m to 140 m (50 ft to 460 ft)

• Temperature: up to 1,800°C (3,270°F)

• Insulation: fiber construction up to 1,600°C (2,900°F) and insulating brick up to 1,800°C (3,270°F)

• Fuel: natural gas, LPG, diesel, kerosene, other liquid fuels

Advantages of our Tunnel Kilns

  • Excellent temperature uniformity
  • Fuel consumption up to 50% lower than with shuttle kilns
  • Tunnel kiln operation efficiency from 850 kcal/kg of product
    (tunnel kilns for sanitaryware)
  • High levels of control resulting in top quality products
  • PLC controlled to make operation simple and reliable
  • SCADA systems available for better process traceability




  • Energy Recovery System: Preheated combustion air up to 425°C (800°F)
  • Increased internal air movement for a better firing environment
  • Consistent, high volume production units
  • Low maintenance and minimal downtime
  • Car handling systems designed to suit plant operation
  • Modular tunnel kiln design for easy assembly prior to shipment


Industries where our Tunnel kilns are used

Processes where our Tunnel kilns are used

  • First fire
  • Glazing / Glaze firing
  • Biscuit Firing (China biscuit kilns)
  • Glost Firing
  • Decoration Firing
  • Sintering
  • Debinding / Debindering
  • Binder Burnout
  • Oxidizing
  • Calcining
  • Powder Firing Kilns


    We design electric tunnel kilns for:

  • Electronics
  • Porcelain
  • Tile
  • Whiteware
  • Pigments
  • Technical ceramics
  • Special atmosphere applications

    Benefits of our electric tunnel kilns:

  • Higher energy efficiency compared to batch/periodic kilns.
  • Reduced maintenance over time.
  • Increase in sintering consistency, reduced variations compared to batch/periodic kilns.
  • Ability to integrate automation of loading/unloading more efficiently.
  • Large volume of production capacity.

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Industrial kiln benefiting from the best technology


With our SCADA systems, tunnel kiln operators are able to have complete control of their firing process, enhancing efficiency and productivity. Our latest Industry 4.0 developments integrate the latest tunnel kiln technology to not only monitor the process, but also to keep the tunnel kiln operating at peak performance with smart maintenance. All the data generated from the tunnel kiln during the firing process is stored in our SCADA system, which is then used to generate reports, graphs and intelligence data, to help customers in their decision making process.


Why Nutec Bickley?

  • The best temperature uniformity in the market
  • All of our tunnel kilns are manufactured completely in our facilities before being split down into modules for shipping. This ensures a rapid and problem-free installation
  • Power Failure Protection System (PFPS) maintains the tunnel kiln alight up to 1 minute in case of a power outage
  • Energy recovery systems to ensure the lowest fuel consumption
  • All of our projects are customized, based on the customer's needs
  • We have a broad after-sales service team
  • Our customers are welcome to our facilities for project follow up
  • Constant communication with our customers for a smooth project execution


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