Machines and equipment often are operated longer and are loaded heavier than designed for. In those cases, the tool life of metal wear parts is getting too short. The maintenance costs are getting higher and higher, and especially the unpredictable operation disturbs the production process.
The application of ceramics for wear parts is an effective solution. often, the tool life increases from months to years.
In machines where many products are processed per time unit, ceramics can have large advantages. For example in paper processing, textile machines, thread production and packaging machines.
Also in measurement and control equipment, ceramics are often used.
Many applications in mechatronics and the semiconducting industry are not possible without ceramics. Examples are (the production of) LCD's, solar cells, optical components, lamps and IC's. The properties of ceramics are fully exploited in this application area. Especially the following combination of properties in one type of material is unique:
low thermal expansion
no degas in vacuum
Ceramics are processable down to micron level. high purity and accuracy occupy centre stage.
The use of ceramics within mechatronics and the semiconductor industry is very broad. Ceratec cooperates with many module and system manufacturing companies.
Ceramics have full play within the pump industry. Each of the properties of ceramics are important, and together they give a unique combination.
PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS:
harder than sand particles
good chemical resistance
lubrication by the pumped medium
Magnetic coupled pumps for abrasive, aggressive liquids cannot operate without ceramic sliding bearings. Also pump houses, pump shafts, wear rings, high-pressure plungers, valves and bearings are made of ceramics.
Ceramics are used in all kinds of pumps: cooling water, mud, chemical, spin, displacement, load pumps and mixers.
Ceramics have been approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration, and hence have been accepted as construction material. The material is chemically inert, and is found everywhere in food, beverage and pharmaceuticals industry.
Examples are the production of baby food, candy, coffee and tobacco, and the processing of fish, meat, fodder, cosmetics and medicine. Also manufacturing equipment as well as control and analysis equipment contain many ceramic components.
Even in the final stage - the packaging of the products - ceramics are encountered. Packaging is often done by using ceramic knives and parts.
Many industrial applications contain mixing, transporting, filling or dosing as process steps. Ceramic products are mainly applied because of their unique properties.
Energy technology is often characterised by high temperatures or high electrical voltages. Temperature resistant and electrically isolating ceramics are then extremely suitable as construction material.
Conventional energy applications such as (nuclear) power stations and motor & turbine manufacturing contain many ceramic components.
In sustainable energy such as solar, wind energy and biomass, ceramic is a favourite material. Ceramic is a sustainable and durable material.
For cleaning processes such as water treatment, desulfurisation and waste water purification, ceramics are widely applicable.