Which Engineering Materials to Choose When Stainless Steel Fails

Stainless steel is an extremely popular engineering material, but it is not without flaws. The characteristic corrosion resistance of stainless grades will diminish under certain challenging conditions. Corrosion, erosion, and oxidation are not only possible but likely in the presence of harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and abrasive media. These factors contribute to performance and structural losses over time. Fortunately, there is a wealth of alternatives to choose from. Continue reading

Advanced Ceramics and Wear Prevention

The properties of advanced ceramics make them extremely valuable in a wide range of industrial applications, like transportation, aerospace, and manufacturing. Most advanced ceramics are imbued with a crystalline or semi-crystalline structure, meaning they have improved thermal, electrical, and mechanical attributes. Moreover, advanced ceramics are specifically designed with a microstructural composition that is consistent to maintain the ceramic’s enhanced characteristics.

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How Ceramic Welding Rollers Can Shorten Lead Times

Innovation is often the answer to process inefficiency. Manufacturers routinely look to develop new systems that address specific pain points in industrial manufacturing. Welding rollers, for example, unlocked greater levels of throughput and product quality in longitudinal seam welding and high-frequency electric resistance welding (HF-ERW). These relatively simple components allowed for accurate positioning and conveying of cylindrical workpieces throughout key processes. This enabled manufacturers to break new ground in operational efficiency. But conventional pipe rollers are not without issue.Continue reading

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How Technical Ceramics Can Help Avoid Automated Assembly Downtime

Downtime in automated systems represents an immense challenge in today’s manufacturing world. In an era where efficiency and timely delivery are paramount, even slight halts in the production process can incur significant costs and delays. But what if there were advanced materials, specifically technical ceramics, poised to make a difference? As we venture deeper into the realms of advanced manufacturing processes, we’ll uncover how these ceramic materials can mitigate the daunting costs associated with downtime.Continue reading