The Autumn 2017 issue of Powder Metallurgy Review has been released and is available to read for free as a digital download, or in print through the purchase of a magazine subscription. The 112-page issue features over 50 pages of PM industry news plus exclusive articles including a special focus on the refractory and hard materials industry, a report on a recent visit to Sumitomo Electric Industries and a look at key papers presented at POWDERMET2017.
Sumitomo Electric Industries: Innovation and automation drive success in PM component manufacturing
Japan’s Sumitomo Electric Industries has been at the forefront of innovation within the Powder Metallurgy industry for many years. Through active research and development and the implementation of advanced automation processes, the company is now the second largest manufacturer of PM parts in the world. Visiting Sumitomo’s Okayama facility on behalf of PM Review, Dr Yoshinobu Takeda provides an overview of the company’s key achievements and highlights a number of successful PM product developments.
Freeman Technology: Optimising metal powder characterisation with dynamic powder testing
Understanding the behaviour of metal powders throughout the Powder Metallurgy process is essential for the production of high quality components. In this article, Freeman Technology’s Operations Director, Jamie Clayton, presents an overview of the main powder characterisation processes used in industry and makes the case for the company’s dynamic powder testing technology.
Outstanding examples of PM’s diversity recognised in the MPIF’s 2017 Design Excellence Awards
The winners in the 2017 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation, were announced during the POWDERMET2017 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, Las Vegas, USA, June 13-16, 2017. We present the ‘press and sinter’ PM components that received either Grand Prizes or Awards of Distinction.
19th Plansee Seminar: Production trends in refractory metals and hard materials
The 19th Plansee Seminar, organised by the Plansee Group, took place in Reutte, Tirol, Austria, May 29 – June 2, with over 470 delegates attending from 28 countries. Bernard Williams reports on the two keynote presentations at the seminar, which include an overview of global trends in the refractory metals markets by Plansee’s Ulrich Lausecker and a look at production and research trends in the hard materials sector by Dr Christoph Gey of Kennametal Inc.
EPMA’s European Hard Materials Group addresses challenges facing the industry
The European Hard Materials Group, or EuroHM, is one of five sectoral groups within the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA). The group holds regular meetings and workshops to discuss road mapping, standards and research, as well as environment, health and safety issues. Bernard Williams reports from the latest EuroHM open meeting held during the 19th Plansee Seminar in Reutte, Austria.
POWDERMET2017: Lightweighting through the use of PM-processed aluminium alloys
Lightweighting has emerged as one of the potential enablers in delivering performance benefits in a number of sectors. A variety of papers presented at the MPIF’s POWDERMET2017 Conference, held in Las Vegas, June 13-16, 2017, discussed the impact of PM-processed aluminium alloys in transportation and electrical power transmission applications. In his report for PM Review, Dr David Whittaker reviews a selection of these papers.
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