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Our extensive experience in the design and manufacturing of Tungsten Carbide & Technical (Industrial) Ceramic components enables us to evaluate solutions for the most troublesome areas of your business, by thoroughly examining components and mechanisms and then specifying and manufacturing the most cost-effective ultra-hard materials solution to exactly meet your needs.

Together, we work to create lasting solutions for your needs and a lasting relationship with you, our customer.


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Technical (Industrial) Ceramics

Hardmet Associates specialise in Technical Ceramics and, since the beginning of the sixties, have gathered enormous expertise with applications, design and machining.

Properties of Technical Ceramics

technical (industrial) ceramics

  • high temperature resistance
  • high compressive strength and toughness
  • good corrosion and oxidation resistance
  • extremely abrasion resistant
  • good thermal conductor and insulator
  • good electrical conductor or insulator
  • light weight
  • outstanding chemical compatibility with acids, salt and other solutions and molten metals

Technical Ceramics applications

Technical Ceramics can be used for the following applications -

  • wherever cavitations occurs
  • components subjected to excessive wear or long lasting high precision
  • components used at high temperature or speed
  • components used in aggressive media

Technical (Industrial) Ceramics - material types

Technical Ceramics can be classified into different material categories -

  • Carbides, borides and nitrides - silicon carbide, silicon nitride, boron nitride, boron carbide,aluminium nitride, titanium boride
  • Oxides - zirconium oxide and aluminium oxide, fused silica
  • Industrial Diamond (PCD/PKD)
  • Composites - CVD/PVD coatings, diamond matrices, diamond tipped tools

Technical Ceramics - products

The following types of product can be manufactured from Technical Ceramics -

  • slide bearings, seal rings, mechanical seals, ball bearings
  • sleeves, plungers, nozzles, pistons, ball valves, knives, slitters
  • precision balls, grinding balls, spacers, guide pins, plugs and blocks
  • thread guides, styli, rods, striip blanks, orhodontic components, semi-conductors

technical (industrial) ceramic wear parts for the metal-forming, mineral and materials processing industries Wear parts for the metal-forming, mineral and materials processing industries technical (industrial) ceramic wear parts for the petrochemical and industrial processing industries Wear parts for the petrochemical and industrial processing industries technical (industrial) ceramic sintered and ground balls for the gauge and bearing industries As sintered & ground balls for the gauge and bearing industries
technical (industrial) rotary cutting tools and blades for metal, wood and composite cutting Rotary cutting tools & blades for metal, wood and composite cutting technical (industrial) automotive & high-speed parts; vacuum & liquid pump components; compressor valves, pistons & rings Automotive & high-speed parts; vacuum & liquid pump components; compressor valves, pistons & rings technical (industrial) ceramic blasting & jetting nozzles Blasting & jetting nozzles

Technical (Industrial) Ceramics - design solutions

Experience shows that optimal design solutions result from the close cooperation of engineers from the end-use industry and the Technical Ceramics manufacturer. The best results are always obtained when these contacts have been established at an early stage in the development project - when it is still possible to adjust the design and take full advantage of the unique properties of Technical (Industrial) Ceramics.

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What do our customers say?
"Wanted you to know that we received the special metalcutting inserts and they are terrific. Thanks very much for your great help."
Tony Evans, Tooling Specialist
"Have received the Tungsten Carbide nozzles they look great and your deliveries are excellent, well done!"
Karin Hjort
"The composite hammers you designed and manufactured for us are working well beyond our expectations. Thanks to all at Hardmet Associates Ltd."
Dave Rawnsly
"The pre-brazed tungsten carbide saw tips, produced by Hardmet Associates, are the best we've ever had. They braze extremely well, and saw life has improved significantly."
Simon Woods