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Advanced Powder Services

SCI maintains an in-house powder manufacturing facility to accommodate advanced ceramic and metal oxide materials. The staff employs several proprietary wet and dry chemistries, reactive processing, and other techniques in order to tailor powders for optimal target performance. Our advanced ceramic powders are analyzed for stoichiometry, phase purity, particle size, and morphology. We also continue to innovate, by exploring the small, and large-scale production of nano-particles. Our engineers can work with you to produce the powder your application needs. The powder can be the beginning stage of your pressed target, a product additive, or even utilized in injection molding. We know that since the powder is the beginning, and sometimes the secret ingredient to materials, we ensure consistent, pure raw materials when you need them. These powders are analyzed for stoichiometry, phase purity, particle size, and morphology.

Tools of the trade

These are some of the tools in our arsenal for making ceramic powders. Decades of experience combined with our competent team of material scientists, chemists, and machinists allow us to realize the full spectrum of possibilities these machines present. Our R&D team is always exploring and searching for new methods for producing Ceramic Powders, but these machines represent the time-tested heart of our powder manufacturing process.

Attritor Mill

Attritor Mill

Attritor is from the latin attrītus meaning 'worn down by use'. Another similar english cognate is 'attrition'. This machine is filled with a liquid medium and raw material and paddles inside the machine churn the slurry which breaks down the raw material into predictable particle sizes. Consistent particle size is important to a well functioning sputtering target.

Spray Dryer

Spray Dryer

Now that our Attritor Mill is finished, the milled ceramic slurry enters the spray dryer. The slurry is pressurized and forced out of a small nozel into a heated chamber. The liquid medium evaporates, leaving us with a pure powder with consistent grain sizes.

Cold Isostatic Press (CIP)

Cold Isostatic Press

The word Isostatic comes from ancient greek 'Iso' meaning 'equal', and 'statis' meaning 'a standing still'. The process begins when dry powder from our spray dryer or another source is loaded into a die. Our dies can be square, round, or even tubular. Once loaded and sealed, hydrolic oil is released into a compartment which surrounds the powder. When pressure is applied, the oil disperses it evenly, resulting in identical densities across the entire piece.

Innovative Possibilities

SCI Engineered Materials brings years of experience and technical expertise to bear with each new customer job. We love finding ways to use our skills and knowledge to create solutions for customers which is why we always look forward to consultations with both existing and prospective customers. You can feel secure knowing that rigorous quality control and decades of research back each and every sputtering target, evaporative material, backing plate, and indium bond you receive from us.

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Address & Contact

SCI Engineered Materials
2839 Charter Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43228

Phone: (614) 486-0261
Fax: (614) 486-0912
sales@sciengineeredmaterials.com