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  • FIRSTAR Cerium Stabilized Zirconium Grinding&Milling Beads

    The grinding and finishing business requires the addition of media to achieve the right finish.

    It could be that you need smoother surfaces, or that you need to process corrosive materials.

    Whatever the case you have, including the appropriate zirconia ball media makes all the difference.

    When it comes to Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads, you’ll notice that these are one of the more favored options.

    One of the main reasons for this is because they have an impressive lifespan.

    That’s regardless of the intensity of the process undertaken as your parts get finished.

    Experts estimate the longevity at up to 5 times what you would get from zirconium silicate beads and up to 30 times more than glass beads.

    They also show higher efficiency levels of up to 3 times better when compared with zirconium silicate bead media.


    What Are Cerium Stabilized Zirconia Beads?

    To make Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads, you first require Ceria Stabilized Zirconia powder.

    The powder undergoes sintering to create the beads used for mass finishing processes.

    Sintering is necessary when dealing with powdered materials since it results in large solids without having to melt the compounds first.

    Ceria Stabilized Zirconia powder particles move across adjacent particle edges, helping them to fuse more compactly.

    It’s the same process natural minerals undergo below the earth’s surface to create the mineral deposits people mine.

    Sintering applies extreme heat and pressure to the Ceria Stabilized Zirconia powder producing the necessary bead media.

    The manufacturer makes that possible by including the desired mold to help shape out the right formations during the process.

    Including your shape mold ensures that the beads have the required dimensions.

    Once the process gets completed, the media won’t fall apart when being used to finish products.

    Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads exhibit high levels of hardness and density due to proper sintering.

    Apart from that, the ultra-fine nature and structure of each homogenous tetragonal zirconia crystal guarantee the media also has low wear resistance.

    You can also get Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads in a variety of colors, depending on their purpose.

    Some of the more commonly produced options are brown, white, silver, and grey, to list a few. These all have glossy finishes.


    Cerium Stabilized Zirconia Beads’ Applications

    Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads come with properties such as high fracture toughness and strength.

    Add these to its smooth surface, and you have bead media that’s ideal for grinding high viscosity materials.

    These impressive qualities make it capable of completing the processing of different industry applications.

    A few examples of where you can use Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads include the fact that:

    1. It can perform ultrafine grinding of high viscosity items. These include pastes such as paint, offset inks, and even screen printing inks.

    2. You can use it in the agrichemical field for the production of pesticides and aqueous agricultural chemicals.

    3. You can also use it with high strength products such as piezoelectric ceramics, dielectric ceramics, capacitors ceramics, and magnetic materials in the electrical industry.

    4. Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads are used for milling CaCO3 and metals such as titanium dioxide.

    5. You can include these bead media in the production of dyes and pigments, such as those used in the textile industry.

    6. It’s used in food production, as well as in the medical and cosmetic industries.

    7. These beads can get applied to the papermaking process.

    8. You can use it with nanomaterials such as barium sulfate, lithium battery components such as lithium iron phosphate, as well as for grinding ceramic ink.


    Machines Work With Cerium Stabilized Zirconia Beads

    The parts you need to get finished require ideal processes to ensure the results are what you expected.

    Once you’re aware of the materials used to create your products, consider the process you need to undertake.

    Are you looking to polish the items or get an even surface for new production processes? With these and other milling processes, the size of your beads plays a significant role.

    You can have large, medium-sized, or tiny Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads to enable the process.

    These include dimensions such as 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 1.0mm, 1.3mm, 1.5mm, and 2.0mm.

    In case you’re not sure what would work best, be sure first to get professional advice before you proceed.

    Using the wrong bead dimensions could wind up damaging your parts, instead of fixing them.

    That’s because one media bead size won’t automatically suit the finishing of different items.

    With all that information on hand, you’ll then be in a position to find the ideal machine to carry out the finishing.

    Due to their robust nature, Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads work well with several milling machines.

    Their density helps to sustain high grinding kinetic energy for grinding efficiency.

    That’s especially when added to large capacity or high energy mills. You can add Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads to milling machines like:

    · Horizontal Bead mills

    · High Speed Ultra Fine Mill

    · Vertical Attrition Mill

    · Ball Mill

    · Nano Mill

    · Vertical Bead Mill

    · Basket Mill

    · Planetary Ball mill

    · Horizontal Pin Mill

    The media’s impact resistance qualities keep your machines from requiring frequent maintenance.

    Media that breaks apart could easily get stuck in the mill’s moving parts, causing damage to the milling machine as well as the parts you’re finishing.



    Many finishing companies tend to create their finishing media rather than purchasing from other companies.

    That’s because they’re aware of the types of media they require to keep their plants operational. Small scale plants will, however, purchase from more established manufacturers.

    As such, you can receive all the necessary information on Ceria Stabilized Zirconia to help you get the job done.

    The best part about dealing with seasoned professionals is they’re aware of the industry’s best practices.

    Therefore, if you’re just getting started in the mass finishing business, at Inovatec, you have people who can make the process smooth for you from the beginning.

    Ceria Stabilized Zirconia beads are one of the few media that can withstand extreme finishing processes for extended periods.

    Therefore, if you would like to use it for any of the mentioned applications, you’re now aware of what the results of the finishing process will be.






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