2017 will be a busy year for the EPMA, its Members and potential users of powder metallurgy as EPMA extends its range and depth of events and seminars to represent more PM industry sectors.
EPMA will be running 4 more events over 2016, as there will be seminars on Hot Isostatic Pressing, PM Structural Parts, Metal Injection Moulding and one that will be running for the first time called PM for Non-PM Specialists. These new events are in addition to the annual series, which comprise the EPMA PM Summer School and Euro PM Congress & Exhibition. For the second year running there will be a seminar on Additive Manufacturing.
The first seminar of the year 'Design for PM, taking place in Bologna, Italy 27 - 28 April, is now open for registration only at www.epma.com/seminars
'Extending the range of EPMA events to represent all PM industry facets not only helps to promote the PM process, but helps to attract end users and new users to PM technology, understand the benefits and advantages PM components can produce' explained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He went onto add 'It is only through the cooperation and assistance from the EPMA's various Sectoral Group Members that EPMA is able to extend the depth and range of events being organised and operated this year.'
The full range of EPMA's Powder Metallurgy Seminars can be found below, with more information being made available in due course and via a dedicated micro-site - www.epma.com/seminars
The EPMA Website - EPMA.com has recently been upgraded behind the scenes, which has resulted in a fresher look for the users experience and interface. EPMA.com was last upgraded some 4 years ago, a long time in technology circles.
"EPMA.com has been upgraded to allow us to incorporate more materials and modules", explained Tammy Harris, Website Administrator. She went onto add "This upgrade will allow better interfaces for the customer on various devices they are using to access the internet and ensure EPMA.com is as easy to use and navigate as before".
As of 1 January 2017 the European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG) will be renamed to 'EuroAM'.
The renamed EuroAM will continue to cover the same industry sector as the EAMG did and focus on the AM sector. The change of name for the group is an effort to further raise the awareness of the group and its activities in the AM sector on a European-wide basis, as the EAMG Group felt that the current EAMG name did not reflect this strategic objective enough.
"This is a great opportunity for the EuroAM group to be positioned as leading the AM future in Europe", explained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He added "2017 will see the EAMG sectoral group name change across all EPMA branding and websites."
The EAMG name change officially comes into effect as of 1 January 2017, but some webpages have started to be changed, due to the Christmas holiday period and shut down.
EPMA recently attend and presented at the Advances in Particulate Engineering for Defence, Safety and Security Applications event organised by IOM Communications Ltd on behalf of the Particulate Engineering Committee and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
The one day intensive workshop focussed on the Defence, Safety and Security industries and the challenges of ensuring product capability and reliability under a range of extreme conditions involving temperature, pressure, friction, wear, corrosion, stress and impact. The event showcased the ability of the particulate materials industry to provide elegant and practical solutions for the needs of a wide range of challenging defence, safety and security related applications. Dr. Lionel Aboussouan EPMA’s Executive Director presented an Overview status and trends in the European PM Industry.
‘This was an interesting and stimulating workshop on particulate materials in the defence sectors and the applications that can be produced' explained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He added 'Although the workshop was based in the UK, at TWI Ltd, the programme contained a range of international speakers, which provided positive networking opportunities.'
The EPMA, under its European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG) exhibited at last month's Formnext powered by tct 2016 exhibition, which covered all aspects of the additive manufacturing supply chain. The 4-day event held for only its second time in Frankfurt's iconic Messe Centre Hall 4 had exhibiting companies represented from across the entire supply chain from powder makers, equipment suppliers and ancillary services.
Due to the interest in the additive manufacturing (AM) sector the exhibition area took the whole of Hall 4, an increase in 33% of space over the previous year, which allowed for over 300 exhibiting companies to take part. The exhibition space increase resulted in an increase of attendees by nearly 50%, with over 13,000 trade visitors attending the event.
The European AM Group/EPMA exhibition stand benefited from the expanded exhibition area as over 250 Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology brochures and over 100 EPMA Member Guides on Powder Manufactures were handed out to end users, students and trade visitors.
'Over the last couple of years this exhibition has grown into one of the key European AM related events' commented Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He added 'This year's footfall to the European AM Group/EPMA stand has surpassed our initial expectations given that we have nearly run out of AM brochures to provide to participants! To continue and develop the EPMA's focus on the AM sector, future attendance at formnext powered by tct needs to be considered.'
As part of the EPMA's EAMG sectoral group imitative for 2017 a second edition of the well-received Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology brochure will be produced containing new case studies and more details on current AM processes, technology and techniques.
All contacts made from this exhibition will be passed onto the relevant EPMA Members.
EPMA will be actively supporting the forthcoming IOM3 one day workshop on Advances in Particulate Engineering for Defence, Safety and Security Applications by providing content during the programme.
Organised by IOM Communications Ltd on behalf of the Particulate Engineering Committee and Defence, Safety and Security Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Defence, Safety and Security industries face the challenges of ensuring product capability and reliability under a range of extreme conditions involving temperature, pressure, friction, wear, corrosion, stress and impact. This event will be a showcase for the ability of the particulate materials industry to provide elegant and practical solutions for the needs of a wide range of challenging defence, safety and security related applications.
This one-day workshop will bring together a range of world leading experts from industry and academia who will take part in a series of presentations followed question and answer sessions looking at:
- Impact of processes and materials on personnel / vehicle protection
- The specification and characterisation of particulate materials
- Future developments in the sector, NDE - Monitoring strategies
- The experience of End Users from safety critical applications
If you are interested to attend this one-day workshop please go to www.iom3online.org/aped2016 for further details.
Hamburg, well known for being Germany's second largest city and one of Europe's largest container ports, played host to the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition event, 9-13 October 2016. The 'World Series' World PM2016 event, organised and sponsored by the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) made for a truly international event with participants attending from over 60 countries, including the Far East, Africa and the Americas. The appeal of the World PM2016 event meant that it attracted over 400 Oral and Poster presentations and a strong attendance in excess of 1900 participants.
The event also included a sell-out exhibition with over 200 booths covering companies from all parts of the PM supply chain. Dr. Lionel Aboussouan, EPMA Executive Director said "Hamburg will be well remembered within PM circles for a positive and successful World PM event. We would like to thank all the EPMA supporters who, over the last 5 years, have helped to create a first-rate World PM event in Europe. We would also like to thank our sponsors (BASF, Höganäs AB, Linde AG, Makin Metal Powders UK, Rio Tinto QMP, SACMI Imola SC, Taylor & Francis Group); our Keynote speakers (Oliver Schauerte, VW and Roland Käppner, thyssenKrupp); the Technical Programme Committee; and to Michael Krehl, this year's Congress Chairman".
This year, there were plenary presentations from Europe, the USA and Asia, which will be available in the coming weeks on the World PM2016 website (www.worldpm2016.com). During the Congress plenary session, the EPMA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Cesar Molins (AMES) and six special keynote paper awards to those papers selected as having the highest merit were presented to:
- Mr Daniel Schwenck, University of Bremen, Germany,
- Mr Dominik Bauer, Airbus Group Innovations, Germany
- Mr Alexander Angré, Swerea KIMAB, Sweden
- Dr Thomas Ebel, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
- Dr Jean-Michel Missiaen, Grenoble INP, France
- Mr Yuu Akiyama, Sumitomo Electric Sintered Alloy Ltd, Japan
- Dipl.-Ing. Nadine Eiβmann, Technical University Dresden, Germany
The bi-annual EPMA Theses Competition also featured in the Opening Session with the winning theses from:
- Doctorate category - Dr Elena Bernardo Quejido, ‘Optimization of Liquid Phases for Sintering Low Alloy Steels: Effect on Microstructure and Dimensional Control', Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
- Masters category - Mr Uriel Tradowsky, ‘Selective Laser Melting of AlSi10Mg: Influence of Post-Processing on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties', Technical University of Berlin and the University of Birmingham.
The EPMA 2016 Powder Metallurgy Component Awards was next to follow, which highlighted the excellence of today's PM industry components. Winners of this year's well respected components award competition ranged from one of the largest 3D printed aerospace elements, by Airbus, through to an innovative planetary carrier assembly in the automotive sector courtesy of Stackpole. The following winners were all awarded the much sought after and prestigious EPMA 2016 PM Component Award:
- Additive Manufacturing category - Airbus Operations GmbH - "Bionic Partition"
- Hot Isostatic Pressing category - Aubert & Duval - "Near Net Shape Hipped Astroloy Casing for High Speed Turbine".
- Metal Injection Moulding category - Schunk Sintermetalltechnik GmbH - "2C-Pin".
- Structural PM Part's category - Stackpole International in collaboration with ZF Friedrichshafen - "Planetary Carrier assembly comprised of Spider and Guide Plate".
For the third successive year the EPMA's Young Engineers Day enabled students from five Universities to attend the World PM event and experience through an intensive 2-day programme in what a career in the PM industry can offer undergraduates. The traditional Gala Dinner on the Tuesday evening saw some 1000 attendees enjoy a cruise along the River Elbe, culminating in a spectacular firework display.
If you attended the event and have not yet entered our feedback survey, you still have time to win one of three remote controlled Ferrari LaFerraris - please visit www.worldpm2016.com/feedback until the 31 October 2016.
Work is underway for next year's Euro PM2017 Congress & Exhibition, to be held in Milan, 1-4 October 2017. For further information on this year's World PM Event or to receive further information on this and other EPMA events please contact the EPMA Secretariat.
EPMA will once again be exhibiting at the forthcoming 2016 Advanced Engineering UK exhibition, taking place at Birmingham's NEC, 2 & 3 November.
There are over 700 exhibitors from all across the manufacturing and supply chain for you to discuss new opportunities with.
Within the event your badge provides you access to the entire Advanced Engineering hall, which contains the following areas -
- Composites Engineering
- Automotive Engineering
- Performance Metals Engineering
- Enabling Innovation
Your badge will also get you into co-located shows including:
- Smart Factory Expo - The UK's only dedicated exhibition in response to Industry 4.0
- Lab Innovations 2016 - The UK's only event dedicated to laboratory professionals
Further information, including registration forms and opening times can be found at http://www.easyfairs.com/events_216/advanced-engineering-2016_83352/advanced-engineering-2016_84103/
The European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG) will organise a special EAMG meeting on the 3 November 2016 in Brussels (Metal Conference Centre, 5th Floor, 100 Rue du Duc, Brussels, Belgium) from ca. 10:00am until 16:30pm. Three years after its formation, the EAMG steering group would like to discuss with the EAMG members current and future activities in regards to:
- Education, Training, Promotion and Networking
- Research Projects and Innovation
- Benchmarking, Network with other AM organizations...
The main objective of this meeting will be to discuss and agree the way forward for the above areas, following on from the EAMG open meeting held on the 11 October 2016 during the World PM2016.
Please download the agenda for this meeting here. Please note that the number of registrations to this meeting is limited and some restriction may apply.
On the 27 - 28 September 2016, San Sebastian, Spain, the EPMA in partnership with SPRI, Innobasque and BEAZ, members of Basque Enterprise Europe Network, will organize in collaboration with the Technology Centre CEIT-IK4, an International Conference & Brokerage Event focused on technology transfer and search for R&D partners in the field of "Advanced Manufacturing and Materials".
The Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Conference & Brokerage Event will take place on 27 September 2016 in San Sebastian, Spain.
Following on from the 'Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Brokerage Event', the EPMA will moderate a Special Powder Metallurgy (PM) Session on the morning of the 28 September, with the following Agenda:
09:00 - 09:30 - Welcome and Presentation (CEIT)
09:30 –10:15 - Presentation of the EPMA and its activities to improve the synergy in the PM community (EPMA) with the following topics considered for discussion -
- What is a Club Project? How does it work? What are the benefits?
- Example of "Club Projects"
How can the EPMA help you in your EU project proposal? What is the added value of our support?
- Example of EU projects where the EPMA is involved: DIRA-GREEN, EFFIPRO, AM-Motion (1/11/16)
- What intends the EPMA to do to improve the visibility of the PM topics at the EU level?
10:15-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 Discussion with the participants (CEIT, EPMA, ALL)
- What kind of Club Projects would you like?
- What kind of EU projects would you like?
Advanced registration is available until 25 September 2016 via https://www.b2match.eu/advancedmanufacturing2016 which also contains more information on the programme.
The EPMA will soon launch another club project on Ultrasonic fatigue testing of hardmetals in the gigacycle regime "UFTH": Stage 3, in partnership with TU Vienna, University of Vienna and CEIT San Sebastian.
The UFTH Stage 3 will first complete the UFTH 2a project, where a testing rig and procedure for ultrasonic fatigue testing by 3-point bending have been developed and built by testing an additional set of samples. It will also evaluate a new testing strategy based on Brazed Hardmetal-Steel testing specimens.
Please find below the link to the Description and Consortium Agreement (CA) of the UFTH Stage 3 Project.
The EPMA in partnership with Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen will propose a new version of a Club Project proposal on Quality Test for Selective Laser Melting (SLM) powder (SLM-POWD).
This project (SLM-POWD) proposes to address the following three objectives:
- Study the applicability of a metal powder (to be defined) for the Additive Manufacturing process of Selective Laser Melting
- Set up a guideline on how to characterize and specify AM powder for SLM
- Set up a guideline on how to find the right laser parameters to process powder with SLM
The overall cost to the project partners will be shared by the participants (minimum of 5) through a project fee of maximum €6,600 per participant. The project is planned to start in the next few months and the duration will be 6 months. This project is open to all companies and we have started the process to form the Consortium with companies like BÖHLER Edelstahl.
A full description of the project is available at www.epma.com/projects including a Consortium Agreement (pages 1-2) to be signed and returned by companies who would like to participate in the project.
The EPMA will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Farnborough International Airshow, 11 – 15 July 2016 and will be showcasing what powder metallurgy can offer the aerospace sector. The 5-day trade only exhibition, which runs every two years, is not only expected to repeat the success of its last event in 2014, but it is looking to reach new markets and territories. This is underpinned by an increase in international participation from Austria, Brazil, Republic of Ireland and South Korea who all have dedicated country pavilions.
"Exhibiting at an event of this size and scope can only benefit EPMA Members by the leads that can be generated through participating at one of the premier aerospace industry events", explained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He went onto add "By promoting each PM process, there will be natural linkages to exploit and synergies to realise, when discussing new and existing projects with the delegates and visitors at Farnborough's International Airshow."
All leads gained during the event will be passed onto the relevant EPMA Members.
Additive Manufacturing Component Category Deadline Extended - 31 May 2016
The Additive Manufacturing category has been reopened to allow additional entries to be submitted for this year's EPMA Powder Metallurgy Component Awards competition.
The awards will be presented during the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition to be held in Hamburg, Germany 9-13 October 2016. A short video on each award winner will be prepared by the EPMA and shown during the plenary. Extensive press coverage will be given to the winners and ALL entries. All enteries will be prominently displayed as part of an Awards Showcase in the World PM2016 Exhibition.
Additive Manufactured component entries must submitted via the EPMA Powder Metallurgy Component Awards 2016 website at www.epma.com/awards no later than 31 May 2016
The 2016 EPMA Board & Council Meeting and General Assembly took place on 7-8 April at the Eurometaux Conference Centre in Brussels and was attended by approx 45 people. The two-day event, included the EPMA Annual Dinner, as well as Board, Council and Committee meetings.
EPMA President Mr Philippe Gundermann welcomed members to the 29th Annual General Assembly on behalf of the Executive Board and Council. A minutes silence was held in memory of Jonathan Wroe who passed away in December 2015 in his function of Executive Director. Mr Gundermann thanked Dr Volker Arnhold for taking on the role of Executive Director until end of October 2016, and he introduced Dr Lionel Aboussouan as EPMA's Deputy Executive Director.
Mr Gundermann explained the reasons for the amendments of the Articles of Association and Bylaws and he highlighted the key changes including an enlarged Council of twenty members to reflect the increased number of EPMA members and the format of the Council including one main representative per PM sector. The revised Bylaws and internal regulations were taken to a formal vote and were approved and adopted unanimously.
In his annual address Mr Gundermann started with an overview of how the global economy has been impacted by the Chinese slowdown in industry. Mr Gundermann brought encouraging news showing the positive trends for the PM industry, particularly in automotive and aerospace industries. It has also been reminded about the Design for PM e-learning web site (www.designforpm.net) and encouraged all members to direct their new starters to this tool which is free access.
The 2015 accounts, as well as, the 2017 budget’s proposal were presented by Mr Kjeldsteen, treasurer of EPMA, and were approved and adopted unanimously.
EPMA's activities report was presented by Dr Aboussouan. He reported on the continuous increase of membership, gave status for the preparation of the World PM2016 Congress to be held in Hamburg and reminded about the "Component Award 2016" and the "PM Thesis Competition" that are requiring additional submissions. The EPMA's education and training activities were also highlighted, with positive feedback from the participants.
Dr Coube, Technical Director, gave an update on the EPMA's Sectoral Groups.
The new Council members were elected for the next 3 years, as well as the Board Members, President and Treasurer.
A short presentation of each sectoral group activities was provided by the respective chair person:
- European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG)
- European Hard Materials Group (EHMG)
- European Powder Metallurgy Hot Isostatic Pressing Group (EPHG)
- European Structural Parts Group (ESPG)
- European Metal Injection Moulding Group (EuroMIM)
- Research and Development Network (RADNET)
The PDF presentation slides and video footage of the sectoral group presentations are available to logged in EPMA members in the General Assembly section of the website.
EPMA's next General Assembly will be held on April 7 2017.
More information can be found at: www.epma.com/summerev16 - booking deadline 29 April 2016
The EPMA will launch a new club project soon on Design for Sintering – Dealing with the anisotropy of dimensional changes: "DfS" in partnership with the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento.
The project aims to demonstrate the possibility to predict dimensional changes of real parts using the design methodology developed at UNITN. The project will last one year and will only cost €3390 for measurement and data processing of one axialsymmetric component, which will be selected by the partners from those within their current industrial production, and then just €1695 for each additional part.
The project also aims to stimulate interest in continuing the activity, within the framework of a further club project. The subsequent project would explore the variables affecting the anisotropy of dimensional changes by investigating the influence of the geometry of the parts, of the material, and of process conditions.
The main aim of this Project is to develop a significantly shorter PM process using a concept of hybrid electrical current assisted sintering and hard materials with improved properties, thus resulting in a more energy efficient and cost effective process.
There will be an EFFIPRO Workshop on Sunday 9th October during the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. This will be an ideal opportunity to inform interested parties about the Project results.
Please visit www.effipro.org for more information about the Project and to register in order to be kept up-to-date with future developments and training opportunities.
For the first time the EPMA will be exhibiting at the DEVELOP3D LIVE 2016 conference and exhibition, Warwick University, 31 March 2016. DEVELOP3D LIVE is the UK's leading conference and exhibition celebrating design, engineering and manufacturing technology and how it brings world-leading products to market faster.
"Whilst many of the delegates are aware of additive manufacturing, not all of them may be aware about the benefits of the other metal powder based processes, such as press & sinter, MIM and HIP" expained Andrew Almond, EPMA's Marketing Manager. He added "By exhibiting at this type of event the conversations that are happening can allow for a natural cross over of processes, some of which they may have not even considered, of what is possible with utilising PM."
Further information on this year's event can be found at www.develop3dlive.com
The EPMA are proud to announce a successor to Mr Jonathan Wroe, following his passing away late last year, as Dr. Lionel Abboussouan as the EPMA's Deputy Executive Director.
Dr. Abboussouan officially started with the EPMA on 22 February 2016 and will be taking over the day-to-day running of the Association, its staff and projects.
Lionel has previously worked at Arcelor Research and the World Steel Association, which represents over 150 steel producers (including 9 of the world's 10 largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes.
More recently he was employed at ArcelorMittal as the Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, for one of Arcelormittal business units. Lionel was responsible for the creation of procedures, standards and indicators for health & safety legislation within his business units. He implemented and operated training courses for production leaders up to management committees, setting and enforcing ISO standards throughout the production sites to adhere to 14001, 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.
"Many of Lionel's skills and working practises that he has gained over his working career will be a real asset to the EPMA moving forward" explained EPMA President Mr Phillippe Gundermann. He went onto say "Lionel will build on the firm foundations left by Jonathan and work with EPMA Members, staff and stakeholders to continue the success of one of Europe’s leading trade associations."
The EPMA staff look forward to welcoming Lionel into his new role and making the transition as seamless as possible. I am sure as an EPMA Member, you will also want to wish Lionel well in his new role and welcome him to the PM industry.
Dr. Volker Arnhold, former GKN Executive Manager and EPMA Board & Council Member, has been recruited as a temporary Executive Director for the EPMA to assist Lionel with support during his introductory period and to ensure a smooth and legal transition for the EPMA at the EPMA’s 29th General Assembly on the 8 April 2016, Brussels, Belgium.