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In addition to more than 30 pages of news from the Powder Metallurgy industry, the 84 page Winter 2016 issue of Powder Metallurgy Review magazine (Vol. 5 No. 4) includes the following articles and special features:
World PM2016: Trends in automotive powertrains and their impact on the future of PM applications
The gradual move from the conventional internal combustion engine as primary automotive propulsion system to hybrid or full electric powered vehicles will pose significant challenges to the Powder Metallurgy industry in the medium to long term. A Special Interest Seminar at the World PM2016 Congress, Hamburg, Germany, focused on this issue and in this report Dr David Whittaker looks at the PM technology that could still deliver competitive products for future automotive powertrains.
World PM2016: Current status and future outlook for the global PM industry reviewed in Hamburg
The Powder Metallurgy industry has maintained production growth in a number of countries around the world in recent years. However, new metal powder based technologies such as metal Additive Manufacturing, plus the trend towards lighter and alternative fuel vehicles, will create both opportunities as well as challenges for the PM industry. Bernard Williams reports on the ‘Global PM Reviews’ presented in the Plenary Session at the World PM2016 Congress held in Hamburg, Germany, October 9-13.
World PM2016 Exhibition: Digitalisation of the Powder Metallurgy industry on show in Hamburg
The digitalisation of manufacturing is seen as the next industrial revolution, changing the way industry operates and streamlining production processes. Often more associated with Additive Manufacturing, the idealogy of Industry 4.0 is beginning to impact the more traditional sectors the Powder Metallurgy industry. Dr Georg Schlieper interviewed a selection of exhibitors at the World PM2016 Congress and Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany, and reports his personal impressions of the exhibition with focus on press-and-sinter ferrous PM.
Successful joining of Powder Metallurgy components: Process choice and application
The joining of Powder Metallurgy components is already established practice, however it is not without its problems. There are difficulties that are related to inherent powder characteristics, such as porosity or contamination, which influence structural properties of a joint, its integrity and performance. Dr Cem Selcuk, Manager and Head of Brunel Innovation Centre, UK, describes the various joining techniques and highlights those suited to PM component production.
Non-destructive evaluation for improving quality of Powder Metallurgy components
Following on from his previous article outlining the joining of Powder Metallurgy components, Dr Cem Selcuk focuses on the important process of non-destructive testing. Whether to ensure the quality of the Powder Metallurgy component or to test joining methods incorporated in the production processes, there is a variety of techniques that can be employed. Dr Selcuk identifies the ones most suited to Powder Metallurgy applications.
POWDERMET2016: Innovations in hardmetals processing and applications
The conference programme at POWDERMET2016, held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, June 5-8, 2016, included hardmetal and hard materials contributions in two technical sessions as well as in a Special Interest Program on tungsten-based materials. Dr David Whittaker reports on a number of the presentations that discuss material developments, reducing environmental impact and high temperature applications.