Gain The Competitive Edge With Ceramicx Contract Manufacturing

Ceramicx contract manufacturing

Contract manufacturing (CM) works on the traditional basis of outsourcing and setting up a manufacturing agreement between the customer and the contract manufacturer. With Ceramicx as the CM, the customer can place their order for products of any size or quantity, transferring the entire manufacturing process over to us, freeing up their time and in-house processes.

Contract Manufactured product for Comfort Heating

But CM with Ceramicx goes much deeper than being just another method of outsourcing. As a leader in the infrared industry, Ceramicx has a global reputation in manufacturing cutting edge infrared components and custom-designed infrared products and heating systems for industries and sectors from aerospace and defence to automotive and construction, and more.

And, as an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, our internal processes – from purchasing, design, and R&D to production, fabrication, and delivery – for all heating assemblies reach the highest quality control standards. ISO also makes us accountable at every stage, giving you the assurance we can take your product from concept to completion – and beyond.

Using Ceramicx as your CM of choice for your specialist infrared heat products, you’re immediately opening your business up to a whole world of expertise, knowledge, and sector experience. But you also get resource and production management as well as cost savings on top.

Ceramicx gives you the edge

So what else can Ceramicx offer as your CM? As your manufacturing partner, we work closely with you to achieve everything you need. We always go

beyond the manufacturing process itself, giving you total value and the edge in your sector, including:

  • Infrared solutions

Our engineering experience in the sector gives us the advantage when it comes to creating an infrared heating solution to the specific issue or challenge you’re facing.

Mecalbi Ceramicx Case Study
Contract Manufactured custom quartz product for heat shrink application
  • Prototypes

Based on discussions and drawings, we provide working prototypes and samples of your product at each stage, ensuring the continuous improvement of your product until approval.

  • Product testing

Our automated test lines ensure all custom components go through all the necessary electrical and thermal tests to meet the highest standards of quality and safety.

  • Custom tooling

For any product development, our extensive in-house capabilities allow us to design, develop, and manufacture custom tooling and production moulds.

  • Production capability

Our dedicated production facilities mean we can get your product from the design stage to your warehouse with the speed and efficiency you need.

Contract Manufactured custom FAST IR product for White Goods industry

Contract manufacturing with Ceramicx

Choosing a CM for your business and product doesn’t need to be a difficult process, but it needs to be right. Working with Ceramicx as your contract manufacturing partner means you’re in safe hands and we can both look forward to a successful and strategic partnership where nothing is left to chance.

For more information on how contract manufacturing with Ceramicx can help your business, contact us today at [email protected].

New Super-Deduction Tax To Boost UK Business Investment For Machinery

What is the super-deduction tax break?

At the budget in April, we heard the announcement of a £25bn tax break aimed at encouraging UK business investment. By helping businesses cut their tax bill by up to 25p in every £1 invested in plant and machinery, the scheme helps firms invest in equipment to boost growth after a COVID-19-challenged year. The scheme is split into two parts:

  • A 130% super-deduction capital allowance on plant and machinery investment
  • A 50% first-year allowance for qualifying special rate assets

It’s hoped the super-deduction corporation tax relief scheme – which is available for business expenses on “qualifying plant and machinery investments” from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2023 – will not only increase UK business investment over the next two years but will also increase the overall amount of investment as well.

How does the super-deduction work?

As we know, most tax issues can be confusing, but this scheme is relatively straightforward. Your plant and machinery need to be purchased between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2023 to qualify and a fact sheet from the government gives us an example of how it works:

A company incurring £1m of qualifying expenditure decides to claim the super-deduction. Spending £1m on qualifying investments will mean the company can deduct £1.3m (130% of the initial investment) in its taxable profits. Deducting £1.3m from taxable profits will save the company up to 19% of that – or £247,000 – on its corporation tax bill.

What equipment can you claim for?

There are always rules, terms, and conditions that apply for any kind of tax-related scheme and this one’s no different. But the terminology used is far-reaching, and with most physical assets in any business classed as ‘plant and machinery’ for capital allowance purposes, it’s likely your business can take advantage.

Ceramicx Modular Infrared Conveyor Oven. Each oven module has an integrated control system to control heating, air flow, and conveying operations.

Whether you claim the full 130% super-deduction or the 50% allowance for qualifying special rate assets, the key requirement to qualify for the deduction is that all equipment purchased is new and unused. Any expenditure on second-hand equipment won’t be eligible.

Investment in Ceramicx infrared

The introduction of this corporation tax relief scheme will certainly open doors for many businesses, as the new tax year is still in its infancy, it gives you the opportunity to consider your CAPEX business spending for the next two years. By making a solid investment into machinery that might not otherwise have been possible thanks to recent events, you can now maximise your super-deductions.

With the continuing advancement of infrared technology, Ceramicx infrared heat solutions are increasing in popularity across varied manufacturing sectors and differing applications. As the original alternative energy, infrared is not only cost-effective and energy-efficient but will help your business to take steps towards a cleaner, greener, and decarbonised future.

With that in mind, there’s no better time to discover how this pioneering heat source can transform your processes and move your business forward.

Enquire with us today on what equipment you need.

Ceramicx Creates New Infrared Pillared Quartz Element Range

Interchangeable elements

When faced with an enquiry for supplying a specific, custom-made element, our North American distributors, Weco International, paved the way for an in-house engineering process that’s prompted us to create a brand new product range for Ceramicx.

With the Ceramicx team working on the design, we created a variation on our existing pillared infrared quartz elements that

Ceramicx FFEH and PFQE-L elements mounted in a RAS 2 reflector

allowed an easier process for their customer to interchange individual or arrays of ceramic elements to quartz elements and vice versa, quickly and easily.

Although in its early stages, the new range works in the same basic way, and now allows all customers to change their infrared system’s quartz and ceramic components as and when they need to.

New Ceramicx quartz elements

Using our pillared infrared quartz element (PFQE) as a starting point, the first of our new products is the Pillared Full Quartz Element – Leads (PFQE-L). As a direct result of working on the component for our American customer, the design has been engineered and refined to create the new PFQE-L element.

Its key feature is the inclusion of a pillar that’s the same height as included on the ceramic element with additional connection leads so it can easily be interchanged with standard ceramic elements. So if a heating system uses standard ceramic Full Flat Element Hollow (FFEH), one or more of them could be taken out and replaced by the new quartz PFQE-L elements.

RAS 2 reflector with mounted elements from the back

Giving users greater flexibility, the new elements allow a complete change in infrared wavelengths for a wider range of applications when previously it meant building a whole new machine. Now, a machine retrofit can be completed using just the new elements to upgrade an entire system.

Ceramicx will also be adding to this new product

range over the coming months. We’ll shortly be releasing a Pillared Square Quartz Element – Leads (PSQE-L), which works in the same way and will be an addition to our existing PFQE and PHQE quartz elements.

 

This will be followed by similar products in due course – watch this space. In the meantime, if you’re interested in purchasing a quantity of the new PFQE-L product, please email [email protected] with your enquiry.

Ceramicx range of Carbon Footprint reducing Infrared Elements

The use of infrared technology is continually advancing across many global commercial and industrial sectors. And, as a leading manufacturer of ceramic and quartz heating elements, our continued development means Ceramicx elements have transformed how infrared heat is used in a range of manufacturing applications.

But, with distinct differences between them, there can often be confusion about which element type is best to use for the best results. So which Ceramicx infrared heating elements are best for your application?

 

What Ceramicx heating specialists need to know

To help you find the right element type for your requirements and system, the most important information for us to know is:

  • The area you need to heat
  • The power and type of element you need to use.
  • The target material

This article should give you a head start making that choice.

Ceramic Elements from Ceramicx

Ceramic infrared heating elements | Hollow, Flat, or Trough?

A consistently popular radiant heat emitter range, industry-standard ceramic infrared elements are the most efficient element where long cycle times are required.

Ceramic Trough Elements – Long-wave trough elements produce a concentrated heat output that disperses over distance. Best suited to applications requiring emitters positioned further from the target material.

Ceramic Hollow Elements – Long-wave hollow elements filled with high-density insulating material, giving a significant reduction in rear heat loss with increased radiant output from the front of the element.

Ceramic Flat Elements – Long-wave flat elements produce higher operating temperatures and uniform heat output. Best suited to applications requiring emitters positioned closer to the target material.

Ceramic element fast facts

  • Wattage: up to 1500W
  • Temperature: up to 726°C
  • Wavelength range: 3-10µm
  • Heat-up time: ~10 minutes
  • Most popular elements: FTE, FFEH, SFEHFull Quartz Elements from Ceramicx

Quartz infrared heating elements | Standard or Pillared?

Quartz infrared elements can be effective where rapid heater response and/or zone-controlled heat is needed.

Quartz Standard Elements – Short to medium-wave standard quartz heater elements consist of iron-chrome aluminium resistance wires inside highly reflective aluminium clad or stainless steel housing. Better suited to applications that involve continuous movement, their metal studs can withstand mechanical shock better than ceramic mounts of the pillared quartz element variation.

Quartz Pillared Elements – Short to medium-wave pillared quartz heater elements feature exactly the same technical and physical specifications but also include a pressed, ceramic pillar for mounting. With a 42 x 15mm punched slot in the reflector (max. thickness 1.5mm) and a supplied spring and clip, quartz pillared elements are designed for easy element replacement. The pillar also houses screw terminals for connection and can easily be interchanged for ceramic elements.

Quartz element fast facts:

  • Wattage: up to 1000W
  • Temperature: up to 772°C
  • Wavelength range: 1.5-8µm
  • Heat up time: ~5 minutes
  • Most popular elements: FQE, PFQE

Quartz Heating Tubes from Ceramicx

Quartz tube infrared heating elements | Halogen or Tungsten?

As a powerful heat emitter range, quartz infrared halogen and tungsten elements are used in fast-moving processes with shorter cycle times that require extremely high temperatures.

Quartz Halogen Elements – Short-wave quartz halogen heating elements use halogen gas to support the tungsten filament in reaching temperatures as high as 2600°C, with a peak wavelength emission of ~1.0µm.

Quartz Tungsten Elements – Medium-wave quartz tungsten heating elements use a porcupine or star type coil filament to reach operating temperatures up to 1500°C, with a peak wavelength emission of ~1.6µm.

Quartz Halogen and Tungsten element fast facts:

  • Wattage: up to 2000W
  • Temperature: up to 2600°C
  • Wavelength range: 1-1.6µm
  • Heat up time: instant

Ceramicx heating solutions

Infrared heat technology has the ability to deliver plenty of benefits to the user, whatever the process or application. Regardless of the demands, each ceramic, quartz, quartz halogen, or quartz tungsten infrared emitter provides precision heat where it’s needed, as well as being cost-effective and energy-efficient.

While delivering on cost and efficiency, making the right choice of Ceramicx infrared element will also mean:

  • Reduced machinery or process downtime
  • Reduced heat loss to machine surroundings
  • Consistent process heating for a reduced product reject rate
  • Less time and energy wasted replacing elements beyond essential maintenance
  • Better results / better quality product

For more information, complete our enquiry form here or email at [email protected]. We’ll be happy to help you find the right heating solution for you and your business.

Machinery Upgrade Delivers High-Quality And High Performance To The Ceramicx Toolroom

Upgrades to meet demand

Infrared technology is continually evolving, and as leaders in infrared heating elements and components for industry, it means Ceramicx has to lead by example. At the heart of everything we do is the technology we invest in, and our in-house machinery needs to help us meet the demand.

Our first upgrade has been to our CNC milling machines. While only used occasionally for a low quantity of production output, our current Hurco VM1 3-axis machine proved crucial to a lot of internal projects. But while giving us the ability to create moulds for many of our other machines, including our industrial ceramic hollow production line and dust press machines, it wasn’t satisfying current requirements.

Speed and accuracy

To help maximise production, step forward our brand new DMG MORI CMX 800 V vertical milling centre. As we run our CNC milling machines overnight producing moulds, this latest technology gives us essential improvements in key areas, together with increased productivity and reliability.

A larger table size and load, together with the increased work area allowing for greater X, Y, and Z-axis travel, gives us more stability. We also now have a much-improved cutting performance with an inline spindle speed of 12,000rpm, giving us a 53% increase in power and 45% higher torque. And there’s even greater accuracy of positioning in all axes up to 6 microns.

L-R Tooling Engineers David O Driscoll, Moetez Brinis & Tony O Donovan

Another level of product

Overseeing the installation was our IT Project Manager, Alan Draper, who said “We’re upgrading in this area now to bolster our manufacturing as we’re, by our own standards, not at the level we need to be. We have more moulds for Industrial ceramic production, Dust Press and Progression tooling than ever before, so we needed to increase our manufacturing capabilities to meet these demands.

But while the CMX 800 V is just the beginning of our planned upgrades, what else is in store? “We have a new DMG MORI NLX2000 lathe coming in shortly which is a very new piece of technology for us, we have nothing on a par with it at the moment, as well as a new laser marking machine. We also have a few things in the pipeline that we are not quite ready to talk about yet, but they should all come together to bring another level to our products.

While the addition of the CMX 800 V is a significant investment, allowing us to effectively double our current output, it also cements our commitment to productivity and performance as set in our recent ISO 9001:2015 quality management certification.

Ceramicx –”Optimising Infrared for the Future”

Over the last four years Ceramicx has seen many changes; Industry 4.0, cultural and environmental. In 2020 we have made the pivotal change from a craft based production to a semi-automated industrial production line. This has resulted in continued improvement to our quality, processes, and consistency.

Ceramicx is an indigenous Irish company with an unrivalled knowledge of infrared in all forms and a proven success record of nearly 30 years. We welcome you to take a brief visit of Ceramicx through our short film presentation.

We acknowledge the excellent work of Dog Day Media and our own in-house marketing team in producing this presentation and a big Thank You to all the Ceramicx staff who starred in their film debut!

Ceramicx Continues Green Packaging Improvements

In our previous blog & video we outlined the initial set of packaging changes we made to be as eco-friendly as possible without compromising on quality or protection. These included:

1.) Calling time on polystyrene

2.) Water-based adhesive packing tape

3.) Clearer branding and handling instructions

Now that these changes are in circulation, we are delighted to say we were able to make further improvements: These include:

4.) Reduced Box Height

With the reduced depth of packaging needed to safely deliver our products, we were able to reduce the box height by 24mm in height.

5.) From Waste to Packing material

Another procedure we’ve added to our packing process is the ability to use our own waste cardboard and recycle it in-house. By investing in a simple perforating machine, each sheet of excess cardboard can now be used as padding mats or padded filling inside every shipping box.

We can also use it to give additional, shock-absorbing protection to heavy, larger, or more fragile products. By adjusting the cushioning volume of the cardboard to suit, we can ensure maximum product safety and security during the shipping journey.

The Future

The changes have been received positively by our customers so far. It’s important for Ceramicx to always be improving our products and how they are delivered all around the world. We hope our customers go on to re-use or re-purpose as much of the packaging as they can, continuing the circular economy routine we have adapted.

Christmas Wishes 2019

Warmest Christmas Wishes and every happiness in the coming year from the Ceramicx team.

Ceramicx will close for Christmas holidays at 2pm on 20th December

and re-open at 8am 2nd January 2020.

 

We started Christmas celebrations this year with our Christmas party in the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen.

A bit of friendly competition between our employees ensured many laughs on the night with prizes for:

Ceramicx Best Christmas Jumper prize – Rolf Hammerschmidt

Ceramicx Best Christmas Outfit prize – Agata Torba

For more photos from the night visit our Facebook page!

K 2019 in review

They had an enjoyable week hosting many visitors to the stand from all over the world. Of course, they no doubt missed our presence it seems we were replaced!

This is what Friedr Freek had to say:

“Although we have greatly missed our friends from Ireland, K-show has been a big success. We had more contacts than ever before and among them are many companies which are looking for solutions for specific heat tasks. Furthermore, a new blanket order from our well-established customer Otto Hofstetter AG has been sealed with a handshake and celebrated on our stand together with “Friedrich Otto”, a hotrunner for PET preforms made by Otto Hofstetter AG and equipped with energy efficient nozzle heaters from Friedrich Freek GmbH”

We are happy we could share our stand with “Friedrich Otto” in Düsseldorf for eight days. He was rather quiet but very attractive company.”

If anybody missed their chance to visit the Friedr Freek stand during K, please visit their website https://freek.de/ or email them [email protected] with any queries you may have.

October Festivities

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31st October to 1st November, this also coincides with Halloween so we take this opportunity to remind all our customers and friends that this years October bank holiday is on October 28th and our offices will remain closed until 8am on Tuesday October 29th.

Patsy Bear has been getting in on the action helping set up a festive display in our foyer.

Friedr. Freek at K Show 2019

k-logo

Ceramicx will be represented by our German Distributor Friedr. Freek at this week’s K-Show. This is the first time in many years Ceramicx will not be sharing the stand with Freek. We encourage you to visit their stand and discuss any enquires you may have about infrared heating.

Freek with novelties at K 2019

German-based heating element specialist Friedr. Freek presents three novelties at K-Show from 16. to 23. October in Duesseldorf. Their square cartridge heaters, alternative nozzle heaters as well as their systematic selection and optimization procedure for IR heat work applications convince by numerous mechanical, economic and ecological advantages (hall 11 / A01).

Energy savings through systematically selected infrared heaters and optimized heat work set-ups

Energy efficiency is a particularly important topic for infrared emitters. If an unsuitable emitter is selected, zoning is not appropriate or distance to target material too far a large part of the energy input could easily left untapped, hence be wasted.

To thoroughly understand the significant influence those and other parameters have on the effectiveness of infrared heat work, IR heating specialist and long-term Freek partner Ceramicx back in 2015 developed and utilizes their unique IR test robot HERSCHEL, besides other useful test rigs. How such a selection and optimization procedure is gone through and which further adjusting screws Ceramicx has discovered in their scientifically accompanied IR research and what’s more, how all this found its way into Ceramicx’ products, Freek is happy to show and demonstrate by the example of products and test reports on their K show stand, hall 11, A01.

We wish them a successful and enjoyable exhibition!

Please contact Freek or visit their website for more information on their stand and team.

Website and logo development marks a new chapter for Ceramicx

Ceramicx logo

In the last issue of our in-house magazine, Heatworks 20, we told you all about our newly constructed facilities here at Ceramicx. While they’ll keep us at the forefront of the advancement of infrared heating, our update and expansion plans continue as we get ready to launch our new look website and logo.

Giving a clear identity

Over the last 25 years, our logo has evolved with us, and we’re now ready to add a new version. But as we’ve been working on the website, logo, and general refresh of our online presence, we’ve made the distinction between our customer and market differences.

As our infrared heating solutions become a more prevalent part of our business, we want to share more of our engineering and infrared capabilities, together with case studies of our systems. Just as importantly, we also want to continue to be your one stop shop for all infrared components, parts, and systems well into the future.

Ceramicx logos

As such, we’re launching two new websites with new logos and fresh straplines, giving both a clear identity: Ceramicx infrared for industry with its green logo, and Ceramicx infrared industrial solutions with its red counterpart.

Brand evolution

The site and logo changes now give a clear distinction between the core areas of our business. But they also show our brand evolution and growth as a company and underline our commitment to giving customer satisfaction in every area.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it all on our own. Working alongside our in-house design and marketing team, the team at D2 Creative design agency did a fantastic job for us. Together with the websites, you’ll also see all the new branding online and offline in our advertising, packaging, and everything Ceramicx related over the next few months.

The main purpose for this post is to tell you about the new changes, so you won’t be too surprised when the websites look a little different on your browser. We’re really pleased with the results and we hope you like them as much as we do.

Ceramicx logos