Epson Atmix Corporation, Aomori, Japan, has launched a new production line for amorphous alloy powder at its Kita-Inter Plant, Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. A division of Seiko Epson Corporation, Epson Atmix has invested approximately 800 million yen (USD $7.4 million) to implement the new line and plans to increase its amorphous alloy powder production capacity to approximately 6,000 tons per year by 2023.
The company’s superfine alloy powders are used in the manufacture of high-performance components found in products ranging from automobiles to smartphones to medical equipment and more. Epson Atmix states that the demand from these types of industries has been growing, and this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Epson Atmix believes it was the first company in the world to successfully volume-produce amorphous alloy powder using its SWAP (Spinning Water Atomisation Process) production method in 2004.
Amorphous alloy powders are reported to have high magnetic flux densities and low energy loss in addition to excellent high-frequency characteristics. These characteristics make amorphous alloy powders extremely attractive as performance-enhancing, highly functional material powders that enable small, low-power voltage control components and that support high frequencies and large currents.