Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Overall, it was a very successful night’s entertainment in a relaxing atmosphere. I wish to thank everyone who attended and making this Christmas party one to remember.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
This week a development and research company specialising in renewable energy products, visited our plant. This particular customer found us on google and after several telephone conversations and e-mails they thought that a visit would give more of an insight to our capabilities. Our visitors had a tour of the factory with many discussions along the way with several members of staff including our CNC Engineers and Toolmakers. When customers are talking to other members of team on the shop floor, it is great to hear our employees taking such pride in discussing our products and services. We are very lucky to have such committed and knowledgeable work force and I take this opportunity to say I am very proud of the staff here at Ceramic Substrates. Following the visit from our customer an order was faxed the very next day.
I will be travelling within the UK next week to visit some old and new customers to discuss future business and of course hand over a few Christmas goodies.
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Saturday, December 5, 2009
In this picture Chris Gibson setting up a spark eroder.
Running a company selling industrial ceramics is one thing, running a ceramic manufacturing company is a challenge of a different kind.
Here at Ceramic Substrates we do both, making us more versatile and flexible in today’s ever expanding global market within our specific field.
What happens when an order or enquiry comes in?
First of all the office staff will have a good look at the correspondence i.e. Drawing, material and
specifications. In case of a repeat orders, the process is straight forward, a new enquiry or order is different. Depending on the type of ceramic and production process will deter what department within the factory the enquiry or order is sent to. However, today I shall be focussing on our In House Tooling Department, which is managed by one of our Senior Engineers Chris Gibson. Chris is responsible for design, advice of material for the tool and the time that they would spend on constructing the tool. Chris will start with a rough sketch on normal paper with several design ideas; he would then work this with AutoCAD for the final design. Chris will advise whether to use for example D2 tool steel or Tungsten carbide for the tool itself but this would depend on the type of ceramic material to be used in the manufacturing process. When he has finished his design, he then calculates the time and materials that are needed to complete the tool. It is then down to the admin team and myself to finalise the calculations for the Part Tool Charge and the component quantities. If the customer is happy with our quote, price and lead-time and an order is forthcoming, the process of manufacturing can begin in earnest. Making a tool is an art in itself and the tooling department are highly skilled engineers using various tools from hand milling, turning, cnc milling and a spark eroder. The making of a tool can take from two days to sometimes two weeks depending on the size, complicity of design and material used.
The customer will have exclusive rights to the tool he has paid for and the tool will remain at Ceramic Substrates for the customer’s sole use.
I hope the above can give an insight into our In House Tooling process and remember the Ceramic Substrates Team are always at the end of the telephone to assist with any questions you may have or to arrange a visit to our Factory.
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