01 Jan BRICK PRODUCTION PROCESSES
The first step in producing brick is crushing and grinding the raw materials in a separator and a jaw crusher. Then, the blend of ingredients desired for each particular batch is selected and filtered before being sent on to one of three brick shaping processes—extrusion, molding, or pressing, the first of which is the most adaptable and thus the most common. Once the bricks are formed and any subsequent procedures performed, they are dried to remove excess moisture that might otherwise cause cracking during the ensuing firing process. Next, they are fired in ovens and then cooled. Then they are dehacked—automatically stacked, wrapped with steel bands, and padded with plastic corner protectors.