Ceramic components are used in places where the specific properties of ceramics - such as hardness, strength and wear-resistance - have an added value.
good electrical insulation
good thermal conductivity/insulation
Ceramics are very hard, have a high mechanical strength, an excellent wear-resistance and low friction. All this is useful for repeated, accurate positioning (e.g. zero point tooling systems).
Ceramic sliding bearings are well suited for use under corrosive conditions, or with liquids containing sand or other hard, abrasive particles - where this liquid is the lubricant for the ceramic sliding bearing.
In order to position accurately in vacuum, chemically resistant ceramic materials are necessary with high purity that do not degas.
There are ceramic materials with a very low heat or electrical conductivity, that consequently insulate thermally or electrically.
In many dosing applications, specific properties of ceramics are important, such as dimensional accuracy, wear-resistance and chemical resistance.
Ceramic materials offer good wear-resistance and chemical resistance. Due to the high machining accuracy, we are able to produce 100% leak-proof ball valves.
Ceramic materials are used as linear guides in, among others, vacuum and E-Beam because of their high stiffness, their good tribological properties and the fact that they are not magnetic.
The good wear-resistance and high mechanical strength make ceramics very suitable as a material for mechanical separation processes. Especially when abrasive particles have to be separated from gases or liquids.
In the most common mixing processes, there is a direct contact between the mixing equipment and the medium to be mixed. Wear-resistant ceramics can offer many advantages here.
Because of their high stiffness and low weight, ceramics are a widely used material to accurately position the robot in automated processes.
High temperature lubrication is possible by using hexagonal boron nitride.
Just like carbon exists in the form of hard diamond and soft graphite, boron nitride can exist in the hard cubic structure and the soft, 'lubricating' hexagonal crystal structure.
In accurate measuring equipment, ceramic parts form the basis for the high accuracy. High stiffness, very low linear expansion and low weight are essential in this respect.
Ceramic materials retain their good mechanical properties also at high temperatures.
Transport of liquids with abrasive particles causes wear to the equipment and contamination of the liquid. Wear-resistant ceramics offer a solution here.
Drives that operate under specific, extreme conditions require materials with exceptional properties. Hard, strong and wear-resistant ceramics may play a role here.
To cool - so to remove heat - ceramic materials with a high thermal conductivity are available.
Transporting a liquid, with close contact between the pump material and the liquid, can result in wear, thermal and chemical degradation. Ceramic bearings that are lubricated by the liquid offer a solution here.
Compared to other materials, ceramics are very hard, resulting in a good wear-resistance.