POWDERMET2019 Special Interest Program to focus on AM, powder production and process controls
May 29, 2019
POWDERMET2019, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, organised by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), takes place in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, June 23–26, 2019. In addition to a comprehensive technical programme, poster sessions and exhibition, this year’s event will feature a Special Interest Program focused on three key areas of interest.
The first Special Interest Program will consider the rapidly growing topic of Additive Manufacturing, and aims to cover information relevant to the Powder Metallurgy industry. Presentations will discuss technologies of current interest in AM and highlight the value and advantages of the different processes and machines. Additional information to be shared will include the identification of suitable applications and business case information to support use cases. The current state of AM will be shared, including industry activity, challenges, and ongoing developments to promote and enable manufacturing and industrialisation.
The second Special Interest Program will look at how the emergence of metal Additive Manufacturing and its numerous technologies has created a demand for metal powders with specific characteristics such as particle size distribution, particle morphology, chemical composition and cost. These requirements are not new, and other processes relying on metal powders, such as conventional Powder Metallurgy and Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) have similar requirements. Presentations will include analyses of metal powders manufactured by different techniques used by the PM, MIM and AM industry.
The third Special Interest Program will focus on machinery sensors and information technology. The ability to control processes is directly related to monitoring the variables driving the process. In PM, temperature, velocity, flow, position, pressure, and force are all examples of data critical to the quality of the product. Developments in sensors for the monitoring and controlling of various processes in the PM industry will be explored, defining the current state-of-the-art, emerging new technology, and the architecture used to deliver collected data to enterprise-wide information systems. Combining data can enable real-time decisions improving quality, efficiency, accuracy, and delivery.
More information regarding the full technical programme and conference registration for POWDERMET2019 is available from the MPIF.