IPS Ceramics has just gone live with its new web-based enquiry system for IPSAL high alumina products and already it has had responses from design engineers keen to use these high performance items. The stock ranges currently include rings, discs, tiles (or plates), trays, stilts and pips, manufactured variously from 95% and 99% alumina in a number of standard dimensions.
The clearly laid out product page features images and descriptions and the user can select and then click through to the equally straightforward enquiry section. A few simple details need to be confirmed and then the enquiry is routed directly to the IPS commercial team which prepares a bespoke quotation and sends it back to the client.
The discs and tiles, which are available in a variety of thicknesses, are perfect for supporting items during a whole host of sintering processes, although the superior physical and technical properties of alumina mean that it can be used in any number of applications. The company has taken orders for over 80,000 of these in the past few weeks and new enquiries are coming in all the time.
IPSAL trays, with standard capacities from 30ml up to 270ml, are used to carry formed components, powders, melts, chemicals and laboratory samples through high temperature sintering. These trays/crucibles are extremely corrosion resistant and electrically non-conductive.
Stilts and pips are most commonly used in the firing of glazed ceramics and feature sharp, hard wearing points that are useful in any application where minimal contact with ware is required. The development by IPS of a high alumina version of these traditional supports has significantly increased their normal service life and at the same time opened up their potential for use in higher temperature applications.
Although the new high alumina enquiry service offers quotes for stock items, IPS Ceramics is able to manufacture in other dimensions and the facility exists on the website for customers to send a message straight to the team about bespoke manufacture.
With Mohs 9 hardness, MoR of 150MPa and compressive strength of ˃2000MPa, the IPSAL95 products have a maximum usage temperature of 1450°C while the IPSAL99 range can be used up to 1650°C.