Despite the demise of many industry-based exhibitions in the United Kingdom and further afield, Precision Ceramics continues to attend at least two major events each year, generally one in Europe and the other in the USA.
During the first week of April we were exhibiting at Hannover Messe as part of the Ceramic Applications Group in Hall 3 of Germany’s biggest exhibition centre.
Hannover Messe is the world’s largest industrial trade fair representing all key technologies and core areas of industry from research and development, industrial automation, IT, industrial supply, production technologies and services through to energy and mobility technologies.
From Monday 1st to Friday 5th April, over 6,500 exhibitors highlighted their latest products and services to an audience in excess of 220,000 visitors from every corner of the world.
As the organisers commented …
“… This year’s lead theme is ‘Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence’, the interplay between automation and energy technology where IT platforms and artificial intelligence are driving the digital transformation of industry.
Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize production when people teach machines to act logically and purposefully to meet customer needs. Systems generate knowledge and today, based on data and algorithms, can continuously optimize operating states or reliably predict faults and failures in production processes or in logistics. That’s what Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence stands for.
Industrial Intelligence is not possible without human knowledge and qualifications. The networking of people, machines and data is created through common platforms where they exchange and multiply their knowledge. The role of humans is that of an enabler. The production of tomorrow is not possible without their process knowledge and their diverse qualifications. Industrial Intelligence therefore stands for the expansion of knowledge management and the training of knowledge carriers.
The main theme of Hannover Messe this year underlined the growing importance of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the production industries including such areas as energy efficiency and autonomous production processes as well as challenges in terms of interfaces, protocols and security …”
To meet the ever-increasing quality demands of our customers, Precision Ceramics has consistently invested in the very latest state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. As a result, a bank of multi-station machining centres now stand side-by-side at our UK headquarters in Birmingham allowing us to produce even the most complex of technical ceramic components efficiently, economically and to the very highest specifications.
As you would expect from such a high-tech manufacturing operation, not dissimilar to the main theme of Hannover Messe 2019, drilling, grinding, milling, tapping, threading and turning are all standard everyday processes but ongoing investment has allowed the introduction of 4th and 5th axis machining centers, significantly increasing the versatility of our manufacturing process. So much so that now, after detailed programming by our highly-experienced operators, a block of raw technical ceramic material can be loaded into one of our machines and half-an-hour later, a complex bespoke component can be complete and ready for final inspection.
At Hannover Messe 2019, we highlighted our extensive range of products and services with a comprehensive display of bespoke technical ceramic components manufactured from Macor® Machinable Glass Ceramic, Shapal™ Hi-M Soft Machinable Aluminium Nitride and various other technical ceramic materials including those from the our new in-house manufacturing facility. The highlight of these was CeramaZirc Ultra Tough, the very latest & toughest composite available from Precision Ceramics.
The Precision Ceramics Stand – L08, Module 17 – was located in Hall 3 of Hannover Messe as part of the Ceramic Applications Group.