Equipceramic starts commissioning of Hilal Bricks in Erbil

In 2013, North Crescent Investment, a company in the Jordan-based Sinokrot Group, entrusted Equipceramic with its new project for building a brickworks with a production capacity of 1200 t/day hollow and perforated bricks. Following a year and a half of intense work, assembly work has been completed and the first no-load tests have just started.

Hilal Bricks is one of the largest brickworks with a single kiln in the Middle East and worldwide. This new plant located in Erbil in the Northern Iraq has been equipped to produce three different types of bricks: hollow bricks, perforated bricks and thermal blocks.

Cutter, dryer loading and unloading system

The plant comprises two cutting lines: one for hollow bricks and the other for perforated bricks. These two lines share the same primary cutter and a robot for feeding ware to the second cutting machine.

The system for loading and unloading dryer cars is designed to maximize flexibility and speed to achieve the required production rate and to enable loading of different types of products.

 EQC Efficience dryer

The EQC Efficience dryer designed by Equipceramic is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. It comprises five zones with autonomous regulation, five mixing chambers and has a heating power of 15 000 000 Kcal/h. The dimensions are:

Length: 125.5 m

Width: 26.5 m

Number of tracks: 7

Capacity: 294 cars


The EQC Efficience dryer allows for drying cycles ranging between 30 and 45 h with an entirely automatic regulation and control system for the three different products. The dryer cars made of galvanized steel are of high quality and they can load 120 to 240-mm-high bricks.


Tunnel kiln

The tunnel kiln designed by Equipceramic, S.A. is equipped to achieve high production rates for a broad range of products, ensuring the best firing curve for each one. It is a large-size tunnel kiln equipped with the latest technological advances to guarantee highly flexible operation and optimum product quality. It is perfectly matched to North Crescent’s production needs:

Length: 202.5 m

Width: 9 m

Height: 1.7 m

Capacity: 36 cars

The main characteristics of this kiln are its rugged design, on-site assembly and accurate selection of the refractories for the individual firing sections, which are adapted to the properties of the clay fired in the process.

Dehacking and packaging

North Crescent is equipped with a large dehacking and packaging installation consisting of:

Rotary pneumatic grippers assembly for unloading fired products

Two shrink wrap lines, each of them comprising an automatic system for making brick base layers, a horizontal uncoiler machine for film (equipped with a cutter, two vertical film wrapping machines, a system for film folding and a film shrinking frame). The installation will also be equipped with a tempering system for all types of products


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