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The potential for Industry 4.0 and IoT to monitor and improve powder compaction

The influence of Industry 4.0 can be found in many facets of industrial production and there are very few areas which do not benefit from the application of the Internet of Things, be that in research and development, manufacturing, aftersales or service.

As a result, press manufacturer DORST Technologies recently started to implement IoT practice within its own operations, while in parallel developing smart software for use in its products. Here, Lutz Lackner discusses the implementation of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things in powder compaction technology.

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Understanding the differences in particle size distribution methods for fine metal powders

In any PM process, the size and shape of the metal powder particles used will have an influence on the properties of the part. However, not all particles are the same size in a given sample of metal powder.

The variation in this range of powder sizes is reported as particle size distribution, and among the methods used to measure this, it is often the case that different systems give different results.

Here, Tom Williamson and John Dunkley of Atomising Systems Ltd, highlight the differences in results from the main methods used to measure narrow-cut, fine metal powders.

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MPIF’s 2019 PM Design Excellence Award winning parts highlight wide variety of applications

The winners in the 2019 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation, were announced during the POWDERMET2019 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, June 23–26, 2019.

Here, we present the Conventional ‘press and sinter’ PM components that received either Grand Prizes or Awards of Distinction.

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As well as an extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news section, this 92-page issue includes the following exclusive articles and reports:

  • The potential for Industry 4.0 and IoT to monitor and improve powder compaction
  • Osterwalder: taking a new approach to tooling changeover on multi-level presses
  • Understanding the differences in particle size distribution methods for fine metal powders
  • Euro PM2019: Novel process developments highlight new opportunities for PM
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Powder Metallurgy:The original net-shape production process

Powder Metallurgy components are relied upon by a wide variety of manufacturing industries, from automotive to power tools, household appliances, chemical engineering, filtration and more.

The main reason for the technology’s success is its cost-effectiveness at producing high volumes of net-shape components, combined with its ability to allow the manufacture of products that, because of the production processes, simply cannot be manufactured by other methods.

To discover more about how the technology has revolutionised component production, browse our Introduction to Powder Metallurgy.

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