PI Ceramic Company Profile
Working with OEMs
PI Ceramic has a track record of working closely with OEM instrumentation manufacturers. Our engineers have the knowlege, experience and equipment to analyze the requirements and understand the application. They work with our customer's engineers to find the best standard product or design a custom part.
Based on knowledge and expertise gained in more than 40 years of continuous research and manufacturing of piezoelectric material and components, PI Ceramic can provide world-class high-performance piezoelectric actuator and transducer components and sub-assemblies.
Value Added Manufacturing / Piezo Assemblies for OEMs
More information on value added manufacturing and custom piezo assemblies.
Research / Scientific Customers
Research and development of new materials, products and applications is very important to PI Ceramic. We have close ties with customers in many universities and research institutes around the world.
Extreme Reliability: When Failure is NOT an Option
PI Ceramic is also the only source for the ultra-reliable PICMA® monolithic piezo actuator ceramics.
PICMA® actuators were selected by NASA's JPL for the ChemIn instrument on the Mars Rover Curiosity, after surviving 100 Billion cyles (100,000,000,000) of life testing without failures.
No other supplier of piezo ceramic actuators is better placed to design and produce innovative actuator solutions for today ’s and tomorrow ’s high-tech applications.
Piezo Manufacturing Process
More information on the Piezo Manufacturing Process at PI Ceramic
Video: About PI Ceramic
PI Ceramic Strengths
- State-of-the-Art Piezo Assemblies, Transducers and Subsystems
- Design & Manufacture of Key Components for Capital Equipment & Research
- Custom and Standard Solutions
- Short Delivery Through Highly Flexible Processing
- All Key Technologies and Equipment In-House
- ISO 9001 Quality Certified
PI Ceramic is a solutions-based company. Our engineers are continually developing new ideas and concepts, geared to bringing emerging technologies and products to market. In addition to a large range of standard piezoelectric actuator components, we specialize in the rapid design and delivery of custom parts and subassemblies manufactured to our customers ’specifications. Our design and manufacturing processes are optimized for medium production quantities of high-performance, key component parts, such as those used in capital equipment and research. Our flexibility allows us to produce custom parts at a very attractive price, even in small quantities. PI Ceramic’s 6840 square meter (73600 square foot) facility features the latest equipment for ceramic design, engineering and manufacturing. To support our own equipment and experienced staff, and to maintain our leading position in the industry, we maintain a number of alliances with universities and research facilities. PI Ceramic has been an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer since 1997.
Key Markets and Applications
PI Ceramic delivers piezoelectric solutions for all important high-tech markets:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Defense Industry
- Industrial Automation
- Vibration Cancellation
- Remote Sensing
- Precision Machining
- Life Sciences
- Medical Instrumentation
PI Ceramic History
- 2012 PI Ceramic piezo actuators work on Mars onboard Mars Rover Curiosity
- 2011 Third factory extension, more than 200 employees
- 2010 More than 160 Employees
- 2003 PICMA™ multilayer piezo actuator technology introduced
- 2002 PI Ceramic expands factory to 6840 square meters (73600 square feet)
- 2000 PI Ceramic employs 70 people
- 1992 PI and employees of KWH found PI Ceramic (2000 square meters, 21500 sq. ft. )
- 1989 KWH is split into different companies
- 1952 First PZT materials (PIEZOLAN™) manufactured at KWH
- 1945 KWH (Keramische Werke Hermsdorf) founded
- 1943 Ceramic processing know-how transferred to Japan
- 1931 First ceramic capacitor
- 1918 HESCHO Trust, 1000 employees, world-leader in electro-ceramics at the time
- 1890 First porcelain manufacturing company in Hermsdorf,
(within 10 miles of PI Ceramic factory)
- 1880 Discovery of piezoelectric activity by J. and P. Curie