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CERAMICX LTD

CERAMICX LTD

N110

P81 HO26 Co. Cork
Ireland
www.ceramicx.com

Ceramicx is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of Infrared heating systems for composites processing. Established in 1992, Ceramicx manufactures all three types of IR emitter (short, medium and long wave) in-house to world-class standards, exporting to over 62 countries worldwide.

The company’s hardware is used in the design and build of its customised IR heating systems for bespoke customer needs. These systems can be controlled to high tolerances and employed in a variety of sectors. Aerospace and automotive work lead the Ceramicx machine-build for composites processing, with defence and marine applications also high in the mix.

Ceramicx infrared heat research will also be on show at Advanced Engineering UK 2017: The company is able, via its Herschel test instrument – to empirically test and map (in 3D space) the effects of IR heat radiation on a variety of composite materials. In this way, Ceramicx can work with clients at the outset to achieve a predictable optimum balance of material and heat source, before upscaling for minimum processing cost.

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  • Infrared for Carbon Composites

    Dr. Peter Marshall, Research and Development Engineer at Ceramicx will be speaking at the Composites Engineering Advanced Materials Forum on Thursday 2nd November at 14:15. The forum is being held as part of the Advanced Engineering 2017 exhibition at the NEC Birmingham.
    The rise of composite materials continues across an ever-increasing number of applications. The advances provided by composite materials within automotive, aerospace, manufacturing to name just a few, are revolutionising businesses and benefiting millions of people. With the industry showing no signs of slowing down, the Composites Engineering show has already established itself as one of the world’s most important composite raw material, design, processing and applications events.
    Visit our stand and see our infrared heating options for your processing solutions at Stand N110

    http://www.ceramicx.com/blog/2017/10/infrared-for-...

  • Innovation in Automation

    Considerable ingenuity is often required to bring the pieces of a modern automotive car together. Techniques of welding, annealing, shaping and heat forming can all play their part – from the construction of the humblest hatchback to the top of the line luxury car.

    Recent work from Ceramicx is helping bring an important mid-range saloon order to fruition. We are supplying a leading automotive marque with bespoke IR heat systems in order to bond leatherette materials to the interiors of automotive passenger doors.

    The process involves the heating of already formed parts, with quartz tungsten tubes. There are 8 platens in total which all fit onto one machine as required. The heaters are facing in both directions, up and down. The construction is made from aluminium profile with custom made stainless steel brackets holding custom shape and size heaters in place.

    One frame has two banks of heaters, on the lower face of the frame there are straight tungsten heater for heating of the leatherette fabric. The upper heaters are custom shaped heaters to exactly match the surface shape of the part being heated. One control panel has also been supplied for all eight heater platens. The heaters are plugged into the panel as required and the HMI displays the correct platen and required information from the PLC program.

    During operation the heater bank is rolled into place; the control panel switches the heaters on until the installed pyrometers reach the set point. At this stage the heaters are removed and the part and the pre-heated leatherette fabric are pressed together. This process is repeated for as many parts as required before changing over to another part and heater platen and repeat.

    This recent order – for the demanding US market – represents one part of the automotive sector’s increasing demand for Ceramicx IR heat systems. Last month saw us presenting at the Warwick Manufacturing Group, UK in the company of Nissan, JLR and others supplying composite material parts to that industry.

    The event illustrated that the appetite of today’s car industry for process ingenuity remains stronger than ever. Ceramicx aims to match that appetite with IR heat solutions across the board.

    The future challenges of automotive niche and Smart manufacturing will be met by those suppliers that can bring process ingenuity to the table and at optimum cost.

    http://www.ceramicx.com/blog/2017/06/innovation-in...

  • Tier 1 automotive supplier in repeat order

    The Ceramicx commitment to the automotive supply industry on these pages has not gone unnoticed in recent months.
    Our attendance at the Composites UK Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) event in May of this year brought us alongside many leading OEMs and 1st Tier suppliers in the UK. Enquiries from near and far about our Infrared heat technology in the sector continue to occupy our designers and engineers.
    The automotive sector proves time and again that just as there is room for all kinds of vehicles - from standard to luxury – so there is room for all kinds of materials processing, from functional to exotic, from complex composite lay-ups to the simplest moulded component.
    The contribution of all these components is needed for the make-up of the modern car. One common denominator is the drive to weight reduction: Any driver who has recently opened a boot, adjusted the parcel shelves and spare tyre covers will know at first hand that lightweighting of components continues to dominate new models.
    Ceramicx recently won an important order to supply a Tier 1 supplier with an Infrared thermoforming system making such products for a leading automotive OEM in the UK.
    Our heat work was required to fit into the cut sheet process for the thermoforming of car interior liners - in this case the boot space. Black carpet onto black plastic sheet was robotically loaded onto a moving table then moved across into the heated zone.
    The IR heat system is applied to the top and bottom of the part for a period of time. The sheet is then moved onto the mould surface where it is slowly pressed into the required shape. The component is then allowed to sit in the mould for a set period of time in order to cool. It is then removed and a trimming and finishing process is performed.
    A top and bottom Infrared (IR)-based heating system using 276 HTE Ceramic heaters of 200w and 300W was supplied for each of the customer’s two thermoforming platens. A total of 18 zones of control in the platen were outlined by the customer. A series of HTE 300W heaters were used around the perimeter of both the top and lower platen to minimise edge loss of heat.
    When correctly applied, IR-based heating never fails to perform with regards to consistency and repeatability. Our automotive customer’s staff was impressed with the fast heat-up time for the ceramic heaters and the ease at which the IR heaters found and remained at the required temperature set-point.
    The proof of the pudding has meant that the customer has just placed an order for a second oven. Ceramicx is delighted that these IR heating efficiencies can be passed on so directly to the modern automotive industry and its customers.

    http://www.ceramicx.com/blog/2017/10/automotive-ce...