The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) will present its Vanguard Award to Chad Spore, Staff Engineer at John Deere Waterloo Works Drivetrain Operations, Waterloo, Iowa, USA. The award recognises “Powder Metallurgy industry champions” from the end-user community, whose long-time promotion of the technology has contributed to the expansion of PM applications.
Over the course of 20 years at John Deere, Spore has seen an expansion in PM component complexity and applications – as well as increases in density and material performance – as key drivers for the adoption of PM technology. As the PM industry has enabled cost effective manufacturing, even at lower volumes, this has given John Deere the opportunity to change components from conventionally formed to PM fabricated.
Additionally, as in the automotive industry, the demand for lightweighting of components is significant in the agricultural market and has gained significant focus at John Deere. Weight affects fuel efficiency in tractors, impacts the cost of product shipping and is placed where needed for ballasting a tractor to provide the proper traction in its work environment in a field. PM and PM lightweighting offer many solutions to these challenges.
Spore has been active at MPIF’s annual POWDERMET conferences as a presenter, session chairman, and Special Interest Program organiser. He is also an active member of the Center for Powder Metallurgy Board of Trustee’s.
The award presentation will take place during the Industry Luncheon at POWDERMET2018: the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, and co-located AMPM2018: Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy conference, from June 17–20, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.