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INSIDE CI: Time Flies

I’m writing this column on my daughter’s first day back to school. I absolutely cannot believe that the summer break is already over, or that she’s now a sophomore in high school. I guess it’s a cliché, but time sure does pass by quickly.

Not too long ago, the concept of using ceramic materials in aerospace, medical or electronic applications was deemed impractical by design engineers and manufacturers. Ceramics were often considered too brittle or expensive to be feasible in these applications.

Luckily, modern manufacturers are becoming increasingly accustomed to the viability of ceramics for their high-tech applications. The ability of ceramic manufacturers to reach-and even exceed-expectations stems in large part from furnace technology advancements that enable them to effectively and efficiently produce the necessary materials. Learn more in “World-Class Furnace Performance."

The aerospace industry, in particular, requires high-temperature, lightweight materials to be used in the construction of items such as wing edges or propulsion valve components. “CMCs Offer Design Versatility” explains how CMCs are finding increasing use in commercial and aerospace applications.

Though silicon nitride has long been an important material in industrial applications, recent research has led to its increased use in orthopaedic device applications. “Silicon Nitride Ceramics: The Future of Orthopaedic Surgery” has the details.

Does your company produce advanced ceramics or glasses for high-tech applications? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Please give me a call at (330) 336-4098 or e-mail suttons@bnpmedia.com.

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