Ceramics Expo

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The 60 speakers who will present during Conference @ Ceramics Expo represent an impressive sphere of knowledge and influence, and during three days of free-to-attend twin-track sessions will aim to touch every point on the compass of today’s ceramic world. Certain topics – such as 3D printing, the revolution in automotive, and products for power and energy – are top of many people’s lists and they all feature strongly at the event.

“This year will be a big year for developments in the joining of dissimilar materials for battery (electric vehicle), energy, and aerospace applications,” says Lucideon’s Andre Prette. The theme is picked up by Will Paxton of Ford, “In the United States, cars and trucks account for almost 20% of the country’s CO2 emissions. When we fully transition to battery electric vehicles, we have the best shot at reducing the carbon impact by charging those vehicles with renewable energy sources. Part of getting there is developing a new generation of lighter and more powerful batteries.”

The whole battery scene in North America is one of rapidly developing applied science and making the most of ceramic and allied technologies is to the fore. “There are some very exciting developments in battery technology, with many researchers working on lithium batteries with solid electrolytes,” says Michael Hill at Skyworks Solutions. “Not only does this improve the energy density of the battery, but it also prevents the thermal runaway issues experienced with batteries containing liquid electrolytes.” Tony Finoli at McDanel agrees, “The continuing advancement in new technologies such as additive manufacturing and new energy applications – for example, battery and membrane materials – has really stood out to me.”

Confronting issues of size, at both ends of the scale, is another of the topics to be addressed during the conference. “The current generation of electronics is hitting its miniaturization limitations through the use of traditional ceramic materials. Electronics companies are increasingly turning toward advanced nanotechnology in electroceramics to get them past these limitations. This requires incorporation of new materials and new bottom-up approaches to production of these components, says Kapil Deshpande (Croda). “Some of the issues that need to be solved are the cost of nanoparticle production, the incorporation of the nanoparticles into final forms, and the need for lower temperature sintering due to the size of component not being suitable for high temperatures.”

Finoli expands on this, “As adoption of advanced ceramics continues to grow, customers are requesting bigger parts with more stringent tolerances and more demanding applications. This can be a challenge for dense advanced ceramics, which commonly shrink 20-25% during sintering. However, by using improved processing techniques and precision machining, some of the requests can be met.”

Undoubtedly for a number of these areas, additive manufacturing is set to increasingly come into its own. It’s a forming technique with which, according to Richard Clark at Morgan Advanced Materials, “it is now possible to produce high-strength, high-hardness, and high-temperature ceramics, greatly expanding the market opportunities for this manufacturing process.”

These and many other avenues will be explored at the fourth Conference @ Ceramics Expo, again providing a searchlight over the route to constant enhancement. 

As DiPerri says, “With every new technology comes the birth of something better.”

Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:47

2017 Ceramics Expo

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Opening in just under two months’ time from April 25-27, 2017 is the much-anticipated Ceramics Expo – a free-to-attend exhibition and conference of what’s new in the world of manufacturing and engineering for ceramic technologies and materials. Whichever angle you come at the subject from, this established, dynamic, and all-inclusive event will have something to catch your attention.

The world’s leading manufacturers are already preparing for their groundbreaking presentations, including names such as CoorsTek, Morgan Advanced Materials, Saint-Gobain, CeramTec, McDanel, Corning, GeoCorp, Hitachi, and many others. The whole range – from alumina to zirconia – will be featured, and for myriad complex applications visitors will find a smart materials answer – or someone very keen to come up with it.

Running concurrently with the expo is the free-to-attend Conference @ Ceramics Expo. This unique conference hosts over 20 sessions, two tracks and more than 60 speakers over three days. It will showcase the latest manufacturing and applications developments in technical ceramics, designed for engineers and decision makers from OEMs and Tier 1s in the automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, electronics, industrial, energy, and communication industries.

The 2017 Conference @ Ceramics Expo will welcome headline speakers from global leading organizations including Intel, Lockheed Martin, Ford, Corning, Croda, Oerlikon, Penn State University, Smith & Nephew, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Delphi, Raytheon, and Siemens.

Representatives from the sector’s major companies will cover a range of subjects, from understanding key industry trends to manufacturing processes, along with reviewing ceramic additive manufacturing challenges to promote industry adoption. Scott Nelson, staff research engineer at Delphi, will be speaking at the session ‘Designing Complex Small Parts for High-Volume Ceramic Injection Molding (CIM) and Dry Pressing’. “This is an excellent opportunity to see new innovations and meet people from all over the world that have many years of expertise in the ceramics industry," he says. "I also enjoy seeing what other industries are working on. You never know what might be able to be adapted to your industry from another. The technical sessions are also very interesting; to listen to the challenges facing others and their approach to solving the issues."

With high-caliber thought leaders and attendees from the entire ceramics manufacturing supply chain in attendance, Ceramics Expo 2017 is set to be an event like no other.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 13:55

Ceramics Expo 2016 Returns to Cleveland

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Innovation, invention and ingenuity return to Cleveland’s IX Center from April 26-28 as Ceramics Expo 2016 makes its return to Ohio.

Industry leaders from the U.S. and beyond will be gathering at this manufacturing meeting of the minds as manufacturers see up-close and first-hand the latest technologies in industrial ceramics. Over 275 of the industry’s best-recognized companies will be on-hand as exhibitors and a host of impressive industry spokespersons reveal products that are available now as well as those in the planning stages for the future.

“We were excited about the outpouring of interest at last year’s expo and are even more impressed with the enthusiastic response to this year’s event,” Event Director Adam Moore says.  In fact, Ceramics Expo 2015 attracted over 2,100 manufacturing industry professionals. Moore is anticipating attendance will exceed 3,500 this year. Ceramics Expo 2016 passes are free exclusively to manufacturing industry professionals.

Exhibitors and topics at Ceramics Expo 2016 include:

  • A successful collaboration between U.S.-based Direxa Engineering and France’s Ceritherm designed to address the shortcomings of tunnel and roller hearth kilns
  • Nutec Bickley showcasing its fuel efficient and flexible tunnel and shuttle kilns for ceramics
  • Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials, a pioneer in advanced material solutions, featuring a range of boron-nitride products
  • Profiles of advanced milling technology for fully sintered ceramics
  • Real-time testing of a variety of innovative operations created by Fritsch Milling & Sizing, Hitachi, Microtrac and Nanoscience Instruments
  • The introduction of 3D printing methodologies devised by Schunk Carbon Technology
  • A presentation of the latest addition to Ceramco’s high-volume power injection molding offerings
  • Showcasing Swiss innovator Ceramdis Advanced Ceramics’ CeSinit high quality, silicon nitride product
  • Exhibiting Gasbarre Products high speed powder compacting press

Ceramics Expo 2016 will be attended by technical leaders, production directors, engineers, project leaders, buyers, researchers, academics and senior executives interested in exploring the latest ceramic manufacturing innovations. Both the expo and conference are free to attend and open to the public.

For more information or to register, visit: www.ceramicsexpousa.com

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 14:44

Ceramics Expo 2016

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Cleveland, Ohio reinforces its top spot in manufacturing with the return of the highly successful Ceramics Expo, April 26-28, 2016 at the I-X Center.

After experiencing considerable success with its debut last year, Ceramics Expo has established a reputation as a top forum for innovators in the sector and is recognized as a leading showcase for all raw materials, equipment, machinery and technology used within ceramics manufacturing. This year, the Expo has nearly doubled in size, covering an area of 95,000 square feet, increasing exhibitors from 140 to over 250 and boosting visitor numbers by over 70 percent from last year. (Approximately 2,100 visitors attended last year; 3,600 are anticipated this year.)

“This year, the City of Cleveland welcomes Ceramics Expo, which provides a good opportunity for manufacturers from over 25 countries to show their products while experiencing our growing manufacturing hub,” says City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. The Mayor is scheduled to welcome delegates to Ceramics Expo 2016.

Event Director Adam Moore says that he has received tremendous worldwide support for the Expo emphasizing that “it will not only impact hotels, catering, entertainment and transit in a big way but with the manufacturing and research relationships fostered by the event, business dollars will continue to flow into Cleveland and surrounding areas.”

On-hand to lead sessions will be a Who’s Who line-up of industry leaders including: James M. Free, Director, NASA Glenn Research Center; Don Bray, Vice President, Technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials; Dr. Charles Compson, Global Technical Director, Almatis Inc.; Doug Freitag, Technical Director US, Advanced Ceramics Association; Dr. Johannes Homa, CEO, Lithoz; Dr. Tracy Albers, President/CTO, Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing; Guillaume de Calan, CEO, Nanoe and Ralph Ruark, President, Swindell Dressler.

Exhibitors representing the U.S. and other countries will showcase the latest in ceramic and ceramic-related technologies in an application-centered environment. Scheduled exhibitors include CoorsTek, Morgan Advanced Materials, SolidCAM, G.W. Schulz, Saint-Gobain, Schunk, Ferro, Denka, CeramTec, McDanel, Direxa, Ceritherm, Imerys, Kerneos and more.

Ceramics Expo 2016 will be attended by technical leaders, production directors, engineers, project leaders, buyers, researchers, academics and senior executives interested in exploring the latest ceramic manufacturing innovations. Both the expo and conference are free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, visit: www.ceramicsexpousa.com

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