Ceramtec Expands Piezoceramic Competence Center
Ceramtec, a manufacturer of complex electronic ceramic components, is expanding its existing production capabilities to meet the rising demand for high-quality piezoelectric elements and materials. The company has invested in two additional machinery units which further multiply existing high-volume manufacturing capabilities for piezoceramic components as well as increase automation.
“We see growing client demand for high accuracy level sensing components, particularly for smart metering applications for water and gas as well as for ultrasonic flow metering. We are therefore continually working on further extending our existing capability at our Lauf site where, together with our facility in Wales, we specialize in high-volume piezoceramic manufacturing,” explains Melanie Bloss, Account Manager Measurement and Sensors at Ceramtec. In a first step, a new unit for metallizing and poling the piezoceramic components was installed last year. Apart from handling the small piezoceramic components used in metering applications, this equipment will also be used for medical device applications to meet growing demand: Piezoceramic components are a key component in various atomization systems which are increasingly deployed to deliver liquid medications in smaller droplets, enabling more precise and intensive dosage. A second metallization unit for wrap-around electrodes, which was installed in Lauf this year, enables the company to further integrate the production process and cover the entire supply chain in-house.