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Category Archives: Technical Ceramics

Cutting It Fine With Ceramics – Specialist Blades For Industry & The Home

Cutting It Fine With Ceramics – Specialist Blades For Industry & The Home

Ceramic blades are a relatively new product. Developed for processes that originally required round rotating blades where down time to change them was an issue to the production line, the longer run time of ceramic blades improved efficiency. Ceramic blades in industrial processes developed, both in materials and complexity of design, spilling over into commercial… Continue Reading

Ceramics Provide Perfect Cover In Ballistic Armour

Ceramics Provide Perfect Cover In Ballistic Armour

Over the years, ceramics have found their way into many specialised fields, but ballistic armour has to be one of the strangest. In the aftermath of World War II, the search to find new methods of reducing casualties became paramount, especially as the increasing development in rifles and guns, and more particularly their rate of… Continue Reading

Chicken & Egg – A Strange Parallel With Technical Ceramics

Chicken & Egg – A Strange Parallel With Technical Ceramics

Throughout history, philosophers and scientists have confronted the dilemma “which came first, the chicken or the egg”? To ancient philosophers, this problem was at the centre of their questions as to how the universe and life on planet earth began. Even more recently, scientists such as Stephen Hawking have argued that the egg came before… Continue Reading

Ultra High Vacuum – Invaluable To Science & Research

Ultra High Vacuum – Invaluable To Science & Research

In the second in a series of blogs, Geoff Randle, Precision Ceramics Business Director, reflects on the use of technical ceramics for ultra-high vacuum applications. “The first time I heard the expression ‘ultra-high vacuum’, I was sitting in a meeting looking at drawings dated 1963 and was asked if the parts in the drawing complied. Luckily… Continue Reading

Ceramic Balls – The Answer To An Engineer’s Prayers!

Ceramic Balls – The Answer To An Engineer’s Prayers!

Geoff Randle, Precision Ceramics Business Director, reflects on the early applications for ceramic balls … “I first came across a ceramic ball race many years ago when I was handed one which had broken into several pieces! The failure of this assembly should have pointed to limitations in the material but as it came from… Continue Reading

Aluminium Nitride Comes of Age

Aluminium Nitride Comes of Age

Aluminium Nitride has long been regarded as the best option to use when alumina substrates cannot meet the stringent demands of high thermal conductance for electronics. Prized for its electrical insulation and offering thermal conductance of between 7 and 8 times that of alumina, the vast majority of the world’s aluminium nitride is supplied in thin… Continue Reading

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