Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Association of American Ceramic Component
Manufacturers at Applied Research Center, Aiken SC

On Wednesday, October 14, 2014, in a state-of-the-art laboratory, ceramic component manufacturers were exposed to a large dose of the latest, practical technology under development in the United States.

Association of American Ceramic Component ManufacturesAACCM (The Association of American Ceramic Component Manufactures) held its fall 2014 meeting at ARC (Applied Research Center). AACCM’s members are U.S. companies manufacturing ceramic components from ceramic powders. ARC researchers are expanding the limits of hydrogen, solar, wind, and microwave energy technology, along with other forms of advanced technology. ARC serves the needs of government, academia, and the private sector.

AACCM’s meeting agenda at ARC began covering old and new business and an election of officers. Thomas Henriksen was re-elected AACCM’s President. A technical presentation: “Hybrid Microwave Technology” followed, given by Dr. George Wicks, Wicks Consulting Services, LLC. Dr. Wicks served as Senior Advisory Scientist to the Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Savannah River Technology Center, also located at ARC in Aiken, SC.

An appropriate lead-in, Dr. Wick’s presentation was followed by an introduction to ARC via a technical presentation by Dr. Joette Sonnenberg, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Security and Engineering, Savannah River National Laboratory at ARC. A tour of ARC’s facilities immediately followed Dr. Sonnenberg’s presentation. AACCM members were also invited to ARC’s Energy Materials Research Lab, which opened in 2013.

Aiken, South Carolina is ARC’s home. While Aiken’s 21st century spotlight may fall on the area’s contribution to practical technology, its history is steeped in tradition and its love of thoroughbred horses. Since the early 1940s Aiken SC remains considered a national polo capital and is the breeding ground and training locale for 39 champion thoroughbreds.

For more information, please contact Thomas Henriksen:

T.henriksen@ceramcoceramics.com
1-603-447-2090
Ceramco, Inc.
P.O. Box 300
1467 East Main Street
Center Conway, NH 03813

Samuel Moore, Giving His All Until the Very End

On Monday, March 9, 2015 Samuel Moore, Ceramco’s Ceramic Engineer was not at work, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t working. That Monday Sam was giving his all, participating in a Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser at the Wildcat Ski Area in Pinkham Notch, NH. The event: “100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge,” was to be the last challenge of Sam’s life. Authorities say Sam, an experienced skier, lost control, veering off the path and into a tree-covered area and over a cliff.

Samuel Moore, Ceramco’s Ceramic Engineer

Samuel Moore, Ceramco’s Ceramic Engineer

Sam joined Ceramco, Inc. in October of 2011 as a Ceramic Engineer. One might immediately envision such a position being filled by an egghead in a lab coat who never ventured beyond his office or lab. Just as Sam tackled the Challenge at Wildcat, he was always “hands-on” at Ceramco. His clear understanding not only of the science of ceramics, but of its manufacturing process, made Sam an incredibly versatile and valued asset.

“When something needed doing to meet a deadline, or just to fill a gap in our workforce, Sam rolled-up his sleeves doing whatever he could to help,” said Thomas Henriksen, Ceramco’s President. “Ceramco is a small business in which I, as its President, am actively involved. Sam once said to me: ‘you can’t do everything Thomas, let me help.’ I soon learned to trust that Sam could and would do whatever it took and would do it very well.”

Similarly outside of work, if Sam saw opportunity to do something he was interested in, he got involved. His interests were broad including not only skiing, but mountain biking, boat restoration and the dream of one day building his own greenhouse. “Sam wanted to learn to prune trees, so he took a local course. One weekend, chainsaw in hand, Sam helped me with my apple orchard,” recalls Henriksen of Sam’s diverse interests and skills. As recently as this year, Sam had planned to take a local pottery class. “He only recently moved to North Conway NH. It is likely the class would have been more an opportunity to meet people.” said Henriksen, “He undoubtedly knew more about pottery and ceramics than the instructor.”

Sam’s sacrifice at the Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser at the Wildcat Ski Area is a testament to his willingness to always do whatever it took, as in this instance he literally gave it his all. Everyone at Ceramco will miss Sam and extend their deepest condolences to his family.

For more information, please contact Thomas Henriksen:

T.henriksen@ceramcoceramics.com
1-603-447-2090
Ceramco, Inc.
P.O. Box 300
1467 East Main Street
Center Conway, NH 03813