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norelem, a leading standard component specialist, has introduced a new range of ceramic locating pins and rest pads to its portfolio, offering long lasting, robust performance to engineers and manufacturers.

Typically made from metal, these products are used for controlled, fine tolerance positioning of a workpiece along jigs and fixtures and must be able to withstand repeated use and forces in industrial environments.

Alongside the metal versions that norelem already offer, the new ceramic locating pins and rest pads provide engineers with even longer lasting performance. Made from an innovative metal-ceramic compound known as Cerazur®, they are designed to be impact resistant and are incredibly durable, making them resistant to wear and tear that can lead to compromised positioning.

“Rest pads and locating pins are used by engineers and manufacturers every day across many different applications. When they wear, those tolerances are thrown out and the positioning is no longer accurate,” said Marcus Schneck, CEO of norelem.

“When this happens, the workpiece can be misaligned, leading to rejection and wastage, and the locating pins and pads must be changed. This is why we’ve added ceramic versions of these parts to our range. Made from a high-performance ceramic, they have a much longer service life, and are more resistant to wear in comparison to metal equivalents.”

Ceramics are becoming increasingly popular across machine and plant construction professionals as they offer dependable performance. The basis of the Cerazur® material is zirconium dioxide. The inorganic material is pressed into shape as powder, then milled in green machining and finally sintered. In the final processing stage, the workpieces are ground to their exact standardised dimensions.

As well as being more resistant to wear through their high abrasion resistance, the new ceramic components also have a high temperature stability property, meaning they are less subject to expansion and contraction that can lead to positioning errors.

Alongside locating pins and rest pads, norelem also sells ceramic versions of dowel pins, parallel keys and guide bushes. Engineers can find the parts they need from norelem’s industry leading catalogue and reference guide, THE BIG GREEN BOOK, and products can be ordered online directly through norelem’s webshop.

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norelem view themselves as part of a dynamic culture of innovation. We are continually expanding our product portfolio of standard and specialist elements. That is why we have invested in modern logistical structures which enable us to react flexibly and promptly to our customers’ needs delivering the highest quality products and service.

About norelem

norelem is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of flexible standard parts and components for mechanical engineering. The company supplies 60,000 standard products relating to standard machinery and operating elements, as well as automation components.

All these components are detailed in THE BIG GREEN BOOK, norelem’s ideas catalogue and a reference book, ninety-eight per cent of these parts are available from stock, and the business delivers on-site technical support for products. This high level of inventory enables norelem to provide fast and reliable delivery.


THE BIG GREEN BOOK is both norelem’s ideas catalogue and a reference book, and has become the norelem trademark. More than just a standard product catalogue, THE BIG GREEN BOOK represents everything norelem stands for, combining product information, specifications, and technical information, with best practice references, advice, and guidance.

The 2020 version of THE BIG GREEN BOOK is in fact now so big and so comprehensive that it is split into two volumes. You can request the bumper, two-volume print or USB version including 3D CAD data by emailing

About norelem ACADEMY

As the global standard component specialist, norelem helps students, universities and companies with free, specialised lectures in the fields of toolmaking and drive technology through norelem’s training arm, norelem ACADEMY.

Coordinated to your requirements, norelem can offer 90-minute specialist lectures providing insight into the different areas of engineering, and how to bring these insights directly into your practice.

norelem ACADEMY also supports engineering student teams across the globe. By donating components and encouraging knowledge transfer, our experts help close skills gaps and launch the careers of tomorrow’s engineering talent. Global initiatives that norelem supports include Formula Student and The World Solar Challenge, while norelem also holds its own yearly engineering competition, Engineering Newcomer.

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