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Clamping frames – Typical of the scale and precision achieved by Ceramco’s MicroPIM process.

MICRO POWDER INJECTION MOLDING OF CERAMIC COMPONENTS NOW AVAILABLE FROM CERAMCO, INC.

Thomas Henriksen, President of Ceramco, Inc., Center Conway NH (USA) announced this latest addition to Ceramco’s high volume PIM (powder injection molding) offerings. “This extension of our near-net shaping capability aptly named: ‘MicroPIM,’ is allowing us to produce ceramic components as small as 0.05 grams and in production quantities.”
Ceramco’s MicroPIM utilizes many of the alumina or zirconia production formulations Ceramco currently uses for its high volume manufacturing of larger components. “The incredibly small scale of MicroPIM, requires careful adjustments to the feedstock to achieve a very low viscosity. Other than that, it is virtually the same process Ceramco has been using successfully for 30 years. Everything is just much smaller.” added Henriksen.
MicroPIM-formed ceramic components are already found in applications including: fiber-optic ferrules and wire bonding nozzles. Also, they are serving more broadly defined markets including: medical and electrical interconnects.
Ceramics step-in when metal alloy or plastic components fail, or simply do not possess the properties demanded by the harsh environments in which they must perform. MicroPIM-formed components expand upon Ceramco’s ability to offer customers a ceramic alternative. “Never again will I have to tell a customer: ‘the part you’re asking us to make is too small,’” added Henriksen.

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Clamping frames – Typical of the scale and precision achieved by Ceramco’s MicroPIM process.

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

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Job Posting – Ceramic Engineer

Job Description

Responsibilities of the Ceramic Engineer include:

  • Particle size measurement of powders, density measurement of ceramic bodies, and lab test or trial raw materials and additives
  • Help define BOM’s (from a ceramic raw material standpoint) & manufacturing process routings and drive standardized work (SOPs) throughout all areas
  • Key contributor to process improvement practices to find areas for cost savings and increased efficiency across product lines
  • Develop methods and procedures for manufacturing and production to meet customer demand and minimize cost impact
  • Ensure resources and materials are adequate to meet the organization’s technical requirements and efficiencies
  • Evaluate production and determine ways to improve efficiency of the production lines while ensuring the achievement of quality standards
  • Lead continuous improvement activity and culture including participation in ISO Quality Systems

The Successful Applicant

The Ceramic Engineer should have the following:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering or Ceramic Engineering
  • Manage several technical projects & troubleshoot critical product issues simultaneously
  • Must be hands-on and have comfort working on manufacturing floor when required
  • 3+ years in a manufacturing environment. Strong Lean Methodologies, continuous improvement background
  • Ability to work closely with manufacturing floor personnel
  • Strong engineering skills and critical thinking ability
  • Proven ability to adapt quickly to an ever-changing fast-paced environment

Offer

  • Competitive base salary and bonus structure
  • Excellent benefits
  • Exciting opportunity to be a key leader of a rapidly growing organization

To Apply:

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new A998 alumina flat washer sizes now in stock

New, Larger Sizes of Ceramic Flat Washers Now Part of Ceramco’s Stock Ceramic Fastener Inventory

Flat washers made of Ceramco’s A998 alumina in seven larger U.S. inch sizes and five larger Metric sizes are now in-stock and available for immediate shipment.

In answer to an ever-increasing demand for stock ceramic fasteners in a greater variety of sizes, the new A998 alumina U.S. inch flat washer sizes include: 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″ and 1″. The new Metric sizes of Ceramco’s A998 alumina flat washers include: M10, M12, M14, M16 and M20. Other new sizes are planned.

Ceramco’s stock ceramic fastener inventory, including these new larger flat washers, are 100% molded, using our near-net shaping process and then fired to full density. Ceramco stock ceramic fasteners are never machined or fatigued from harsh grinding.

Ceramco’s stock ceramic washers, bolts and hex nuts are heat resistant, corrosion resistant, non-conductive and do not out-gas. Markets served by Ceramco’s stock ceramic fasteners include: aviation and aerospace, scientific instrumentation, energy, personal care and textile manufacturing.

Ceramco’s stock ceramic washers and their matching bolts and nuts are ideal in almost any application in which metal alloy fasteners or plastic fasteners fail, or simply do not possess the properties demanded by the environments in which they must perform.
All of Ceramco’s stock ceramic fasteners are made in America, in Center Conway NH.

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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

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

CERAMCO, INC. & ZIRCOA GMBH REACH DISTRIBUTORSHIP AGREEMENT

Zircoa GmbH Becomes Distributor to EMEA of Ceramco’s Custom Technical Ceramic Components and Stock Ceramic Fasteners

Wiesbaden Germany, July 28, 2014 – Thomas Böhm, Managing Director, Zircoa GmbH and Thomas Henriksen, President/CEO, Ceramco, Inc., sign distributorship agreement, effective: September 4, 2014.

“Germany is a friendly trading partner of the United States and is centrally located in the EMEA marketplace,” said: Thomas Henriksen. “Zircoa GmbH are experts in application technology and are highly skilled in supply chain management. Ceramco’s partnering with Zircoa GmbH is an efficient and logical means of delivering Ceramco’s U.S. made custom ceramic components and stock ceramic fasteners to so many different countries, with their unique languages and currencies,” added Thomas Henriksen.

As Ceramco, Inc. accepts payment only in U.S. Dollars, EMEA customers (prior to this agreement) were subject not only to currency exchange rates, but duty fees in addition to the cost of shipping. The distributorship agreement with Zircoa GmbH simplifies these financial considerations and (in many cases) may actually save the EMEA marketplace some of the associated costs they would have otherwise paid in order to purchase Ceramco products.

The Ceramco and Zircoa GmbH agreement includes products made from alumina, zirconia, as well as Ceramco’s refractory ceramics. Marketing efforts initially focus upon Ceramco’s TGA (Thermogravimetric analysis) crucibles (see photo) and other crucible types, and distribution of Ceramco’s stock ceramic fasteners. Zircoa GmbH will also accept RFQs (request for quotation) for Ceramco’s custom components on their behalf.

Going forward all inquiries Ceramco receives from EMEA countries will be referred to Zircoa GmbH for the more immediate and personalized follow-up. Long term, Zircoa GmbH plans to inventory Ceramco’s stock ceramic fasteners, providing even faster and more efficient order processing for their EMEA customers.

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

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Ceramco, Inc. acquires HPIM technology from Advanced Cerametrics, Inc.

HPIM-Machine

Thomas Henriksen, President of Ceramco, Inc. and Bud Cass, Board Chairman of Advanced Cerametrics, Inc. (ACI) today jointly announced the sale of ACI’s high pressure ceramic injection molding (HPIM) production line and related process technology to Ceramco, Inc. Mr. Henriksen noted that, “The purchase of this long established, superior technology is a perfect adjunct to Ceramco’s existing low pressure injection molding product line (LPIM). The new capability expands Ceramco’s already broad product range, providing much higher volume capacity, higher tolerance production and, most importantly, the ability to make much thicker walls and cross sections.”
Mr. Cass noted that, “The transfer of this technology to Ceramco is a natural progression of our long standing relationship with them. ACI is focusing on its ceramic fiber technology and sees Ceramco as the ideal manufacturer to have transferred this technology to by continuing to offer HPIM products to ACI’s existing customers in addition to the new opportunities afforded Ceramco with this capability. We are pleased to have placed our customers in Ceramco’s hands, because we are certain that they will be given the attention and quality they have become accustomed to with ACI.”
The production line was set up in 3,500 square feet of unused warehouse space at Ceramco’s Center Conway, NH headquarters and involves 6-10 employees, engineers and supervisory personnel with more being added as the new HPIM products are integrated into Ceramco’s established LPIM business. The transfer of this production line frees up about 4,500 square feet of controlled environment space at ACI, which will be used to expand ACI’s piezoelectric ceramic fiber Energy Harvesting product line and electronic assembly operations.

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

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