New move for Ionix
“This relocation allows us to expand our manufacturing and technical development team and lay out a production capability to meet the opportunities presented to the company over the next few years in materials and device component supply. We are delighted to have found high quality facilities that support our next stage of growth.”
… David Astles, CEO Ionix
Ionix has moved our main operating location to the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield.
The move allows the company to secure additional, modern space to support its material and device development and pilot production facilities. The relocation involves the installation of milling, grinding, pressing and screen printing capabilities to expand ceramic production, and increases the capacity to supply material parts, sub-assemblies and complete piezo component devices.
Our CEO Dr David Astles explains: “This relocation allows us to expand our manufacturing and technical development team and lay out a production capability to meet the opportunities presented to the company over the next few years in materials and device component supply. We are delighted to have found high quality facilities that support our next stage of growth.”
Ionix has been established to meet the increasing need to monitor mission-critical parameters in extreme industrial environments. The company is developing device designs and deployment approaches to allow the operation of sensors, transducers and actuators in extreme conditions to measure parameters such as flow, crack development and corrosion monitoring.
Ionix’s materials and devices have the potential to offer significant cost and energy savings, by allowing more efficient and reliable process and inspection operations in extreme environments, where existing technology is unable to operate effectively.
Ionix is initially targeting applications where high temperature operation, up to 400 degrees C, provides a capability not offered by conventional piezoelectric devices. Initial target markets for these high temperature devices include industrial plant process, energy and nuclear power sectors, aerospace, and oil and gas.
A spin-out from the University of Leeds, Ionix has created a range of proprietary high performance piezoelectric materials that can operate in high temperature, high work environments, and that enable it to supply sensors, actuators and transducers which address applications and markets not accessible to existing piezoelectric systems, including flow, crack development and corrosion monitoring.
The materials and derived devices are the subject of a number of international patent applications. Piezoelectric ceramics are materials which when an electric voltage is applied causes a small change in the material’s dimensions and vice versa. Piezo-electrics have many applications: as actuators and motors in fuel injectors and robotics, as transducers employed in both medical and naval SONAR ultrasonic platforms. They can also be used for active vibration dampening, electronic frequency filters, transformers and as acoustic/vibration sensors.