Long Service Life with Technical Ceramics
In the engineering industry the life time of wear parts is crucial: in case of damage, an entire production line may come to a stop, generating high costs. Technical Ceramics offer the ultimate resistance to wear, even when in contact with corrosive or abrasive substances. Therefore, Technical Ceramics are often used in nozzles, valves and sealings, for example in chemical process pumps. Advanced Ceramics specializes in precision components, which come into operation in the dosing and conveyor technique for pharmaceutical or food products, among others. Advanced Ceramics can produce surfaces with an extremely low roughness which is particularly important for moving parts, offering ideal conditions for tribological applications.
Why Advanced Ceramics?
Resistance to Temperature
Technical Ceramics are most suitable for high temperature processes. In the metal processing industry they prevent fusion between metal surfaces.
The extreme hardness of Technical Ceramics drastically extends the service life of tools and guide parts.
Resistance to Wear
Technical Ceramics reduce downtime and prevent contamination in the food and pharmaceutical industry because of their high abrasion resistance.
Resistance to Corrosion
Corrosive substances can be conveyed without any loss to service life.
Case Study: Dosing Needle
Exacting requirements in industrial automation make ceramics indispensable
Advanced Ceramics produces dosing needles for the highly automated bonding procedure in the automotive industry that have to live up to the highest quality standards. A highly viscous adhesive is conveyed through a small drill hole subject to a strict tolerance range. Here, the extreme stability of Technical Ceramics is essential: if the nozzle becomes clogged, the ceramic material must withstand high pressure.
Special geometries can only be manufactured using ceramic 3D printing
The dosing needle holds a unique internal geometry: an internal cone that is curved and tapers down to less than one millimeter. It would not be feasible using conventional processes, however 3D printing can produce the component in all of its complexity. The highly accurate Advanced Ceramics production method also guarantees the absolute essential low surface roughness, so that the adhesive can flow through the drill hole with almost no friction.
Total Cost of Ownership
High Profitability due to Extended Service Life
In contrast to metal, Technical Ceramics initially generate higher material costs. In the long run however, the advantage of ceramic components is obvious; the maintenance costs are lower due to the longer service life and failures are less frequent. If metal parts have to be replaced, additional material costs arise. Ceramics, however, are always ready for operation even under the most challenging conditions, and are consequently more profitable in the long term. In the end, the overall costs are lower.