Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At Ceramicx, we take the health and safety of employees, customers and suppliers very seriously.

Since the recent outbreak of Covid-19 we have put in place preventative measures to help ensure we continue to remain open.

We remain fully operational at this time while adhering to government and health regulations and will continue to receive and deliver goods.

We are also closely monitoring the advice provided by the HSE and the National Public Health Emergency Team.

We ask visits to Ceramicx be rescheduled, and re-confirmed by Ceramicx for the foreseeable future.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any queries.

Best Wishes and look after your health,
Frank Wilson, Managing Director Ceramicx
& all the Ceramicx Team

Show Postponement of CHINAPLAS 2020

Adsale the organizers of Chinaplas have just announced the postponement of Chinaplas 2020. In order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus virus the Shanghai City Government have issued instructions stopping all large scale activities.

CHINAPLAS 2020, the 34th International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries, scheduled to be held on 21-24 April 2020 at National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai will be postponed.  New dates for the show will be announced at a later time”.

 

We hope that the number of people recovering from the virus continues to grow and it will not spread any further.

Anyone who wished to visit our stand in April can still contact us via phone or email [email protected] with enquires or questions.

Ceramicx Announce Chinaplas 2020 Attendance

Why we choose Chinaplas

The importance of Chinaplas to us and the infrared industry is never underestimated and it’s the only global trade show we never miss. Continuously busy over the four days, the show attracts the industry’s biggest and best from around the world, with over 180,000 visitors and nearly 4,000 exhibitors, and Ceramicx has committed to attending our 7th show.

We see Chinaplas as a fantastic, and sometimes our only opportunity to meet some of our EU distributors face to face on their own stands. But we can also catch up with many of our partners and colleagues in the infrared industry, and of course, meet plenty of new and existing customers.

But one of the key reasons we attend is to lend our support to one of our top partners, and our distributor in China, GSAE. Based in Guangzhou, the team sell significant quantities of our ceramic and quartz elements to their internal market. Chinaplas gives us the chance to not only work alongside them, but to socialise and thank them in person.

What we expect from Chinaplas

We already know the show will be buzzing with activity and the potential for new partnerships and customers – it always is. But Chinaplas has shown that it’s the only expo we’ve been a part of where customers will buy product directly from the stand each day.

They’ll often use the show as an opportunity to consider their options on their infrared requirements, with some customers actively looking to change their supplier as well. Buying individual elements from us, they’re able to test their quality and capabilities for their own applications before making a decision. It’s certainly a tactic that’s worked for us in the past.

As well as that, our GSAE partners will be selling the Ceramicx brand and taking bulk product orders from both new and existing customers alike. Chinaplas is certainly a show that works for selling product – more than any other – so we’re looking forward to more of the same.

And finally…

It’s no surprise that many companies use the captive audience of Chinaplas to launch new or improved product – and Ceramicx is no different. We’re still working on a few new projects which we intend to take with us, but we’ll release more details about those nearer the show.

Manning our 18sq.m stand at this year’s show, together with some of our partners from GSAE, will be our MD, Frank Wilson, and Production Manager, Patrick Wilson. If you’ve seen the floorplan, you’ll know the show is huge, but you can find them in Hall 2.1 as part of the British Pavilion on stand J118.

Frank Wilson, Ceramicx MD
Patrick Wilson, Ceramicx Production Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re making the trip to Shanghai in April, remember to stop by and say hello – it’d be great to see you there!

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas.

We are back to work today, office and production.

Last year we dabbled in some new industries and applications using infrared and continued to grow in strength with all our partners and distributors. Some investment in new machinery and forward thinking have set this coming year up to be a good one.

We have many new projects underway, along with exhibiting in Shanghai for Chinaplas 2020 in April.

As the year progresses all will be revealed!

Best Wishes for 2020!

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.

11 Common Myths about Infrared Heat

Ceramic element heat test
  1. Infrared energy can be harmful: Myth. Infrared energy is naturally occurring from the sun, travelling to the earth in wavelengths, and absorbed by all objects. Every object emits and absorbs infrared naturally without harmful effects – even us.
  2. Infrared radiation is heat: Myth. Infrared radiation is electromagnetic energy that can be used to generate heat.
  3. An infrared system is only concerned with heating: Myth. There are three considerations when dealing with infrared: Absorption, Reflection, and Transmission. Infrared systems emit electromagnetic energy and an effective infrared system will deal with these 3 issues as efficiently as possible.
  4. To control temperature is to adequately control an infrared emitter: Myth. Radiation is generated by source temperature. The adjustment of temperature changes the infrared wavelength, hence the reason systems operate within a waveband output and not a wavelength output.
  5. Infrared absorption of a target material is dictated by a single spectral analysis at ambient e.g. 20ºC: Myth. The spectral analysis and spectral absorption characteristics change as the target material temperature changes. It’s important to consider the use of waveband rather than wavelength to ensure the infrared output from an emitter or system is capable of meeting the spectral absorption characteristics of the material.
  6. Emitters can be set at full values without thermocouple watch control: Myth. There’s a significant difference between starting the emitters (heaters) at an ambient temperature e.g. 20ºC and starting emitters in an ambient temperature of 400ºC. Turning on the heater at higher ambient values could result in burn out of the emitter.
  7. The design and manufacture of infrared ovens, oven controls, and the application variables are separate, independent, components of an infrared system: Myth. All of these are important elements/components. They’re essential to each other in order to create effective and successful heat work process.
  8. Temperature control systems can typically set the performance of infrared systems: Myth. This method of operation is a poor way to control radiation because temperature and % control are not developed with radiation in mind. However, these are the current and typical choices available – but should be used advisedly.
  9. Infrared emitters can be used like furnace elements: Myth. The materials used to build effective infrared emitters don’t lend themselves to being used in a furnace-like environment. If used in this way, the transmission, absorption, and reflection, together with the resulting directional qualities, are not being adequately dealt with and will lead to heat up and burn out of the emitters.
  10. Radiation can be treated in a similar fashion to conduction and convection: Myth. There are no circumstances where conduction and convection are comparable to radiation. These are three separate methods of heat transfer that do not relate to one another in any way.
  11. Environmental conditions, such as weather, have no impact on the use of Infrared: Myth. These have a huge impact. The conditions of the surroundings, such as humidity, will have a big effect on the transfer of infrared radiation.

For further information on our infrared heating products, please contact your local distributor.

Our main distributer in Germany is Friedr. Freek GmbH where detailed information on their infrared heating products can be found.

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

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.

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