NeaCera® Panel Technology
Our terra-cotta panels embody the very best in terms of raw materials, manufacturing technology and innovative design. To begin with, we employ only the highest-grade virgin clays, which is paramount to producing a robust/impact-resistant finished material.
Next, we process these raw materials with proprietary manufacturing techniques that maximize the performance characteristics of terra-cotta. Notably, our patented baking procedure (max temperature of 2200 °F) utilizes a multi-stage firing and annealing process to bolster the material’s microcrystalline structure. The result is an ultra-hard material that is free of inclusions and has superior color-fastness and impact/chip-resistance.
Also integral to NeaCera’s overall panel tensile strength and durability is it’s geometric shape. Using advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA), our team of engineers developed the optimal shape to maximize panel strength while minimizing panel weight. The result of which is a solid, full-bodied, high-strength design with rear reinforcing ribs that also serve as a simple and fully integrated panel hanging mechanism. Less weight translates into huge savings during installation and for wall subconstruction, structural and foundation systems.