Morgan Technical Ceramics Announces High Volume Precision Piezoelectric Material Manufacturing

Morgan Technical Ceramics (MTC) announced that its ElectroCeramics manufacturing site in Bedford, Ohio designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of precision piezoelectric ceramic components made of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) for use in aerospace, medical, industrial, commercial and consumer sensor and actuator applications. The company can produce intricate piezoelectric designs that meet demanding specifications for such products as transducers, sensors, actuators and bimorphs.

The manufacturing capability allows MTC to produce high volumes of complex and unique shapes with precise geometries that other technologies and processing techniques cannot achieve. This is particularly relevant for markets such as computer memory storage, which requires that the PZT element be made in volumes of millions per week with dimensional tolerances of +/- 50 microns, electrical tolerances of ± 15% and frequency tolerances of +/- 5% on a part that is miniature in size.

MTC has the latest high speed, tight tolerance manufacturing equipment available, allowing it to produce electrical patterns with via widths of 75 microns. Large volume, multi-chamber, high vacuum sputtering equipment can deposit nickel-chrome or aluminum seed layers with gold, silver or vanadium outer conduction layers. In addition, the company's laser ablation or photo etching processes can produce custom, precision electrode patterning.

High speed precision diamond dicing equipment is capable of producing very intricate parts with sizes as small as 0.5mm. This same equipment can be used to mechanically remove small amounts of PZT and electrode material to create array patterns or segmented PZT elements. This versatile equipment is routinely used to produce more than 3 million parts per week. These precision production methods can be used to produce components made with all of MTC's PZT ceramic materials, including PZT402, PZT5A3, PZT5H2, PZT801, PZT701 and PZT702.

According to business unit manager Gary Caprio, "Morgan Technical Ceramics' precision manufacturing processes and techniques have enabled many of our customers to create new products that could not have been produced using conventional shaping and electroding processes. We are leading the way in precision piezoceramic manufacturing and high volume production."

For further information, please contact:

Kristin Nugent, (617) 367-0100, ext. 148

Lorraine Henry, Tel +44 (0)1299 872217

About Morgan Technical Ceramics

Morgan Technical Ceramics manufactures components and sub-assemblies using an extensive range of materials, including structural and piezoelectric ceramics, dielectrics, braze alloys, and specialist coatings. It works with manufacturers' design and R&D teams at the local, national and international level on projects from concept and feasibility studies through prototype development to full production. The business employs some 2,500 people and has 23 manufacturing sites worldwide across Europe, the US, Mexico, China and Australia.

Morgan Technical Ceramics is a business within the Morgan Ceramics Division of The Morgan Crucible Company plc, one of the world's leading advanced materials companies. The company specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of ceramic and carbon products which are used in a wide range of applications, from transport and telecommunications to fire protection and medical instruments. Morgan Crucible is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the engineering sector.

For more information on Morgan Technical Ceramics visit or contact one of our sales offices below:


Morgan Technical Ceramics, Bewdley Road, Stourport, Worcestershire, DY13 8QR.

Tel +44 (0)1299 872210 Fax +44 (0)1299 872218


North America

Morgan Technical Ceramics, 26 Madison Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004, USA

Tel +1 800 433 0638 Fax: +1 973 227 7135



Morgan Technical Ceramics, Dingshu Town, Yixing City 214221, Jiangsu Province, P.R. China

Tel +86 21 59 90 61 39 Fax +86 21 59 90 61 27



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