Retech Systems LLC, a Seco Warwick company headquartered in Buffalo, New York, USA, reports that is has sold a Rotating Electrode Gas Atomiser (REGA) to an overseas partner specialising in the production of refractory metals and alloys. The REGA is reportedly capable of producing powders suitable for a range of Powder Metallurgy processes.
Earl Good, Retech Managing Director, stated, “This is the first furnace Retech has sold to this company. They’ll have one of the workhorses of our powder production lineup. They can expect many years of reliable service for whatever powder applications they choose.”
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REGA technology is capable of processing a wide range of metals, including reactive metals, refractory metals and superalloys. Powder is produced by melting a vertical electrode, rotated as it lowers to ensure it melts evenly. The stream of melted metal then falls into a high-pressure jet of inert gas which disperses the stream into droplets, cooling and solidifying them before they hit the chamber walls. The size and uniformity of the powder particles can be managed by adjusting the melt rate, pressure and angle of the jet of gas.