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Innex Industries, Inc.
Innex Industries Rises to Meet the Challenge of Customer Demands PDF Print E-mail

Business: Innex Industries, Inc.

Location: Rochester, NY

# Employees: 20

Year Business Founded: Started in 1979

Summary of Story:

Innex Industries, Inc. is a machine shop specializing in compaction tooling. The company had been using chrome as a wear-surface lining for its compaction parts—until customers gave them a heads-up. Their customers requested that they switch to a ceramic liner. But Innex wasn’t sure which material would work best, or how to best machine the ceramic liner.

Enter the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) at Alfred University. “We signed up as an affiliated company for two years,” said Lee Snook, production manager at Innex. “During that time, the CACT handled all the research for us to test a variety of samples our customers gave us. The CACT helped us identify which ceramic material would deliver the longest wear life based on the friction demands of our tools.”

“With all the knowledge we gained during our two years of working with the CACT, we were also able to expand into other markets,” Snook added.

The first year involved testing all the samples. “The CACT got us going in the right direction,” said Snook. “Our second year, they provided us with support while we learned how to machine the ceramic liner and put the whole process into production.”

The results?

“We actually developed a patent using an application ceramic for a compaction tool fitted with a ceramic sleeve—which gives customers six to eight times longer life than chrome, depending on the application,” said Snook. “We became much more knowledgeable about what our customer base demanded. And with all the knowledge we gained during our two years of working with the CACT, we were also able to expand into other markets. They were very accessible and responsive.”

 

 

 

 


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