The European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG), through the work of its chair persons, Adeline Riou, Erasteel, and Claus Aumund-Kopp, Fraunhofer Institut – IFAM have combined their knowledge and expertise to help create a European Powder Metallurgy Association 'Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology' brochure.
The first brochure of its kind that brings collates all the various additive manufacturing processes in one easy to read and digest booklet. The 44-page 'Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Technology' brochure has been created specifically for Designers and Engineers who are new to Additive Manufacturing and want to learn how to design with this technology. The booklet goes into detail regarding the different additive manufacturing (AM) technologies and processes available on the market today, covering the various melting processes.
The brochure contains information relating to the metal powders used in the AM process, from chemical composition to powder morphology, providing a comprehensive explanation of designing components for AM.
A case study section covers the back end of the book, consisting of case studies from many end user sectors from aerospace to consumer goods, to name but a few. The diverse case studies provide an understanding of how AM components can be used in a variety of applications and sectors and the benefits of using AM components.
The EPMA organised its annual Summer School, 8-12 June, which took place for the first time in the association’s history, in the UK. The week-long programme was hosted by the University of Sheffield, at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and coordinated by Professor José Torralba of the University Carlos III of Madrid and Denzil Lawrence of the AMRC with Boeing.
The content of the programme was delivered by a range of professionals, drawn from both industry and academia, whose expertise reflects many aspects and topics currently being employed in today’s Powder Metallurgy industry.
A 55 strong European audience of graduates and industry personnel new to the PM sector benefited from the AMRC’s excellent facilities, which included laboratory work at University of Sheffield’s Mercury Centre, where delegates were able to get first-hand experience of the various PM processes. The 5-day schedule included two tours, one to the AMRC, where participants were shown how research into PM was helping to improve manufacturing processes. The second tour featured a visit to Metalysis, a UK-based company producing a wide range of high value metal powders and innovative alloys at a lower cost and with a smaller environmental footprint than traditional methods.
“As part of the EPMA’s commitment to the Summer School programme we are always striving to keep the content of the course as relevant as possible” explained Joan Hallward, EPMA’s Summer School Coordinator. She added “An example of this was the new lecture on High Temperature Materials“
The annual Summer School event wouldn’t be without its closing dinner, which was held in the heart of Sheffield at Silversmiths, a multi award-winning family run restaurant. The evening proved a huge success with excellent food, accompanied by the now traditional mini Eurovision song contest.
The 2016 Summer School is currently in the planning phase, with more details available in early 2016, from the EPMA website.
Members of EPMA met together in Barcelona last week for their Annual Meeting. Executive Board and Council meetings were held on 11th June, followed by the informal Annual Dinner at the stylish Tragaluz Restaurant.
The EPMA General Assembly took place on the following day at the Pimec Association for small and medium companies. EPMA President, Mr Philippe Gundermann, welcomed members to the meeting and gave an overview of the current financial and market situation in Europe. PM, he said, would continue to develop due it being a lean, green, cost efficient and innovative technology.
Mr Jonathan Wroe, Executive Director of EPMA, then gave an update of EPMA's activities over the past twelve months which focussed on the events marking the Associations 25th anniversary, PM training courses including the new Young Engineers day and the EuroPM 2014 Congress in Salzburg which was the best attended in a series going back to 1997. He reported that the association has recovered its membership numbers to pre- crisis levels and produced a break-even financial result in 2014.
Mr Guy Thiran, Director General of Eurometaux gave a keynote speech focusing on "Impact of Current and Future EU Legislation on the Powder Metallurgy Industry". He highlighted how widespread and important the flow of legislation from the EU has become and how the links between Eurometaux and EPMA can assist in protecting the interests of members.
The annual meeting concluded with meetings of the European Structural Parts Group (ESPG). Next year's Annual Meeting will take place on 7/8th April in Brussels.
For the last 18 months the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has been working on the development of a revised PM Roadmap called 'Vision 2025'. The purpose of the Vision 2025 booklet is to be a tool to aid in the promotion of the PM industry to government, third parties and end users. It is also envisaged that the information contained in the booklet will provide some useful insight into key trends and development areas for the different sectors of the European powder metal industry.
“The EPMA owes a big thank you to the members of the Steering Committee, which consisted of a number of well-known industry figures, who have worked on the EPMA’s behalf to collate information from across the EPMA Members spectrum to turn this extensive project into a reality. Now the work is complete, I am proud to be able to circulate the new PM Roadmap, Vision 2025.” Explained Jonathan Wroe, EPMA’s Executive Director. He went onto add “The Vision 2025 brochure covers many aspects, which will be very useful to third parties, such as government and funding agencies, as the content provides market overviews for the 5 key sectors that currently help to make up the entire PM industry, Additive Manufacturing, Hardmetals and Diamond Tools, Hot Isostatic Pressing, Metal Injection Moulding and Structural PM Components.”
Real-life case studies covering each sector are also present in the document, allowing readers to understand the benefits and advantages that PM can unlock for their existing and future applications.
The Vision 2025 document is available in hard copy or digital versions and can be ordered/downloaded by either contacting Andrew Almond, EPMA’s Marketing Manager or via the EPMA.com website.
This special 2-day programme was held at EuroPM 2014 as part of EPMA’s commitment to help promote and develop the industry. Four universities took part in this year’s pilot scheme (University of Leoben, TU Vienna, TU Dresden and University of Trento).
The students undertook a special two day parallel programme of lectures on the PM process, question and answer sessions with industry experts and discussions with young graduates working in PM. They also had tours of the exhibition and the MIBA Academy to give then an understanding of the scale and actuality of the industry. The following photograph was taken during the MIBA Academy tour:
With thanks to the following organisations for their support: Bodycote Heiß-Isostatsches Pressen GmbH, Cremer Thermoprozessanlagen GmbH, Dorst Technologies, ECKA Granules Germany GmbH, Erasteel SAS, Fraunhofer Institut, Hilti AG, Höganäs AB, Imerys Graphite & Carbon, Miba AG, Osterwalder AG, PLANSEE SE, Pometon Powder s.r.l, Rio Tinto Metal Powders, Sandvik Osprey, SMS Meer GmbH, Sumca SAS, System 3R International AB, UC3 Madrid.
The Powder Injection Moulding (PIM) Short Course, organised by the EPMA, in conjunction with the EuroMIM group, took place in Barcelona, Spain, 15 – 17 April 2015, and attracted an attendance of some 50 participants.
On Wednesday 15 April there was an opportunity to visit the PIM laboratory at the University of Castilla-La Mancha and inspect the research which Dr. Gemma Herranz and her team are carrying out.
The two-day course benefitted from the expertise of speakers drawn from both academia and industry. Topics covered included:
• An Introduction to Metal Injection Moulding (MIM)
• Powder Manufacture
• Raw Materials: Feedstock
• Injection Moulding/Micro Moulding
• Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM)
• Sintering Options
• Design Criteria
• Secondary Operations
• Moulding Design
At the end of the first day, delegates and speakers were able to discuss different aspects of PIM while enjoying the magnificent menu at the restaurant Todo Pasa, only a few steps from the hotel.
The fourth in the latest series of EPMA Short Courses will take place 15 – 17 April 2015 in Barcelona, Spain and will focus on Powder Injection Moulding.
The two-day PIM Course will start with an Introduction to MIM and subsequent lectures will include Powder Manufacture, Raw Materials: Feedstock, Injection Moulding and Micro Moulding, CIM and Debinding amongst others. The Course will be particularly beneficial to technical and managerial personnel in the PIM industry and its customers requiring a more comprehensive understanding of powder injection moulding. It will also be useful to academics and researchers with an interest in PIM and who wish to gain an overview of trends in the field.
The registration fee will cover 2 nights’ accommodation at the Tryp Apolo Hotel, all relevant course documents, refreshments and a Short Course meal on the evening of 16th April. There are substantial discounts for EPMA members and academics. Space will be limited and early booking is highly recommended using the online pdf registration form on the EPMA website: www.epma.com/shortcourse. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and only when payment is received will the registration be confirmed.
Further information and a registration form will be available shortly at: www.epma.com/shortcourse
October 2004 saw the launch of the ground-breaking Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database (GPMD) as a major resource for designers and engineers around the world. Originally covering ferrous PM industry it has since been refined and extended to include the non-ferrous PM and MIM sectors and contains nearly 4000 lines of high quality data. The online data is fully searchable and outputs can be exported to several well-known FEA packages. In the latest developments information has been added covering strain controlled fatigue data that is displayed in a user-friendly format viewable in both tabular and graphic formats.
Thanks to continuous growth the GPMD now has over 10,000 registered users from countries all over the world and from a wide range of industrial sectors. Work continues to develop and include new data and new capabilities for the system which forms an essential information tool for the development of the PM industry. To see the database please go to www.pmdatabase.com
The historic trading city of Salzburg played host to this year’s EuroPM Congress organised and sponsored by the European Powder Metallurgy Association. A truly international event it included delegates from nearly 50 countries in all regions including the Far East, Africa and the Americas. Its appeal meant that it attracted over 200 Oral and Poster presentations and a record overall attendance of around 850 participants.
The event also included a sell-out exhibition with 84 stands covering companies from all parts of the PM supply chain. Jonathan Wroe, EPMA Executive Director said “Salzburg has proved an excellent location for EuroPM 2014 taking place in the EPMA’s 25th anniversary year. We would like to thank the City of Salzburg, our members and delegates for their support, which is much appreciated”.
During the Congress plenary session the EPMA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Jan Tengzelius of Hoganas, Sweden and six special keynote paper awards to those papers selected as having the highest merit were presented to
Professor Karin Frisk (Swerea Kimab), Dr Sebastian Hein and, Mr Juan Isaza Pax (both Fraunhofer IFAM), Dipl Ing Jose Maria Tarrago Cifre (Politecnica de Catalunya) Professor Jose Torralba (UC3 Madrid) and Dipl Ing Martin Wolff (Helmholtz Zentrum).
The winner of the 2014 EPMA PM Thesis Competition in the Diploma/Masters category was Mr David Lang who was studying at University of Leoben and the winner in the Doctorate/PhD category was Dr Annabel Braem from KU Leuven.
A full social programme included a special reception held in the magnificent Bishops Residenz to mark the EPMA’s 25th anniversary. In addition the traditional Congress Dinner provided a suitable finale to a dynamic and productive event.
Work is already underway for EuroPM 2015 to be held in Reims, France from the 4-7th October 2015 to receive further information on this and other EPMA events please contact the EPMA at:
Nearly 60 Members of EPMA met together in London on 5th and 6th of June for their Annual Meeting and a special one off seminar to celebrate the Association’s 25th anniversary.
Executive Board and Council meetings plus the General Assembly were held on 5th June at the historic Stationers Guild Hall in London. EPMA President, Philippe Gundermann, welcomed members to the annual meeting and gave an overview of the current improving financial and market situation in Europe. He also said he believed that the PM sector will continue to expand in the future because of its technological advantages plus that it is fast-moving, lean, green, cost efficient, and innovative.
Jonathan Wroe, Executive Director of EPMA, then gave an update of EPMA's activities over the past twelve months which focussed on key industry statistics, research projects, a wide range of working group activities plus the success of the PM summer school and EuroPM 2013 Congress in Gothenburg. He reported that the association has nearly recovered its membership numbers to pre- crisis levels and produced a break even financial result in 2013.
Once the formal business was complete there followed a celebration dinner at the same venue, whereby participants were able to enjoy an pre dinner aperitif outside in the evening sunshine, within earshot of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The special one day seminar, covering the development of the European PM industry, took place the following day in the splendid surroundings of 116 Pall Mall close to Trafalgar Square, which is the home of the UK’s Institute of Directors. This one off event had two functions, firstly to recognise the companies, people and technology that have made the European PM industry the dynamic force that it is today. Secondly to start the process of building data for an electronic PM archive details of which will be released at the forthcoming EuroPM2014 in Salzburg.
The eight invited speakers are all well known in the field of PM – starting the day Dr Cesar Molins from AMES in Spain, past President of the EPMA, gave an excellent and personal overview of the development of the association since its and even before its formation in 1989.
There then followed four papers covering the history of the main sectors of the industry Paul Beiss looked at Press and Sinter, Leo Prakash gave an interesting personal view of the Hard Materials sector and they were followed by Bruno Vicenzi of MIM Italia who gave a high speed overview of the impact of IPR and the development of MIM in Europe. Finally Olle Grinder gave an update on the relatively new technology of HIP going back to the earliest previously classified work in the 1950’s.
There was then a change of tone as Volker Arnhold put forward a list of candidates which could be viewed as market changing products for the PM industry – these included PF Con rods, etc and then after lunch a more forward looking session saw Adeline Riou from Erasteel look at the recent developments in Additive Manufacturing as applied to metal powders.
Finally EPMA president Philippe Gundermann, made an inspiring speech to present the case for the need for an updated European PM roadmap which will help to outline and develop a route forward for the industry in its relations with government, legislation and activities. This roadmap called Vision 2025 is currently being developed and should be available in its final form by January next year.
Overall the event was seen by the participants as highly successful and representing a fitting celebration of our 25years as Europe’s foremost PM trade association.
The EPMA launched the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition on the last full day of the PM2014 World Congress which took place in Orlando, Florida, 19 – 22 May.
A packed luncheon audience of PM2014 World Congress Delegates and Exhibitors were the first to watch the new promotional video showcasing just some of the delights of what Hamburg will provide in two-year’s time.
The opening speech from Mr. Philippe Gundermann, EPMA President, Eramet Group, thanked the organisation of the MPIF who had allowed the EPMA to be part of their event and conveyed a little of what to expect from a European-organised World PM Congress.
After the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition video Dr. Michael Krehl, PM2016 Chairman, PMG Holding GmbH, gave the audience a brief presentation of Hamburg, one of the major European Ports, and its historical significance for trade and industry.
Further information regarding the World PM2016 Congress & Exhibition which will take place at the Congress Centre Hamburg (CCH) 9-13 October 2016, Hamburg, Germany, including the launch video, is available at www.worldpm2016.com or by contacting the EPMA Secretariat at the usual address.
The EPMA will be present at two HIP related events the first on 16th April in Aberdeen is “HIP Processing of Materials for (Offshore) Energy Applications”organised by the IOM3 and sponsored by EPMA http://www.iom3.org/events/hip2014.
The second is the HIP14 Congress in Stockholm from June 9 to 13 which is organized by The International HIP Committee (IHC) and the Swedish Steel Producers´ Association, Jernkontoret. www.hip14.se
The Online registration form is now available for applications for the 14th EPMA Powder Metallurgy Summer School to be held in Kraków, Poland, 16-20 June 2014. The 5-day residential event, consisting of a range of lectures given by PM experts drawn from both industry and academia, will be hosted by Professor Jan Kazior and his team at Cracow University of Technology.
Topics to be covered include:
- Manufacture of Metal Powders,
- Metal Injection Moulding,
- Modelling, Sintering
- Hot Isostatic Pressing to name but a few.
Participants will be able to discuss and solve problems as well as get hands on experience of the various PM processes in the University laboratories. There will also be the opportunity to visit a PM component manufacturer.
The EPMA PM Summer School programme is coordinated by Professor José Torralba from the University Carlos III in Madrid and Mrs Joan Hallward from the EPMA, and is tailored for young graduates, under the age of 35 and having obtained a degree from a European institution, from one of the following disciplines:
- Materials science,
- Design engineers,
- Manufacturing or metallurgy
The 2014 PM Summer School fee of €575 covers tuition, all course materials, shared accommodation, a Welcome Reception and a Summer School Dinner. To download a copy of the PM Summer School brochure click on the link in this window
Places are limited so an early application is advised.
Closing date for applications is 31 March 2014.
In the ten years since the ground-breaking online database GPMD was launched it has been refined and extended to include the non-ferrous PM and MIM sectors with coverage of nearly 4000 lines of high quality data. Thanks to continuous growth the site now has over 10000 registered users from countries all over the world and from a wide range of industrial sectors. In the latest development launched this week additional information has been added covering strain controlled fatigue data for :-
- The pre-alloyed steel grade FL-05M1/FL-4405(
- The “hybrid” material FLN2-4405, based on same pre-alloyed steel grade, but with elemental additions of both 0.5% carbon and 2% nickel, in the as-sintered condition.
- The pre-alloyed steel grade FL-5305 (, in the sinter-hardened and tempered condition
The data is displayed in a user-friendly format viewable in both tabular and graphic formats and it is hoped it will be of particular interest to design engineers in a range of industries.
. To access the web site and see the new capabilities of the database jointly developed with MPIF and JPMA visit -www.pmdatabase.com.
The EPMA is supporting forthcoming two end user workshops for the HIP community as part of the activities of its EPHG sectoral group. The first will take place at RWTH in Aachen on 27th March and is targeted at HIP for Wear & Corrosion applications. Please contact Christoph Broeckman for details.
The second event is being organised by the UK based IOM3 and will take place on 16th April at TWI in Aberdeen and its title is “HIP Processing of Materials for (Offshore) Energy Applications” bookings can be made for this event via the IOM3 website. http://www.iom3.org/content/particulate-engineering
The EPMA has confirmed the Euro PM2014 International Conference and Exhibition will be held in Salzburg, Austria, September 21 – 24 2014 at the modern The Messezentrum Salzburg. The event will host a programme of over 250 oral and poster papers that will cover all aspects of Powder Metallurgy including Hard Materials and Diamond Tools, Hot Isostatic Pressing, Metal Injection Moulding, New Materials and Applications and PM Structural Parts.
EPMA Executive Director Jonathan Wroe said “In addition to the main programme, we will also be holding a number of special interest seminars, EPMA working group meetings and workshops on key topics of relevance to the industry. We are looking forward to a successful event in one of Europe’s oldest cities, Salzburg”.
Further details will be available in due course from the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) Secretariat.
The historic trading city of Gothenburg played host to this year’s Euro PM Congress organised and sponsored by the European Powder Metallurgy Association.
A truly international event it included delegates from nearly 50 countries in all regions including the Far East, Africa and the Americas. The Technical content within the Congress meant that it attracted over 200 Oral and Poster presentations and a strong attendance of over 800 participants from all parts of the PM industry.
The event also included a sell-out exhibition with 85 stands covering companies from all parts of the PM supply chain. Jonathan Wroe, EPMA Executive Director said “Gothenburg has proved an excellent location for an event. We would like to thank the City of Gothenburg, our members and delegates for their support over the course of the event and year, which is much appreciated”.
During the Congress plenary session, recently elected EPMA President, Mr Philippe Gundermann presented the EPMA Distinguished Service Awards to Dr Bryan Roebuck of NPL London, Professor José Torralba from University Carlos III in Madrid and Dr John Dunkley from Atomising Systems in Sheffield.
A new innovation for Euro PM Conferences was the awarding of four special keynote paper awards, sponsored by Journal of Powder Metallurgy, to those papers selected as having the highest merit. The winners were Miss Helen Dugdale from Rolls Royce plc., United Kingdom, Dipl. Engineer Markus Hadyn from Plansee SE, Austria, Dr. Inigo Iturriza from CEIT, Spain, and Mr. Per Lindskog, PM Consultant from Sweden.
A full social programme included a Welcome Reception and a special City Reception in addition to the traditional Congress Dinner. The Congress Dinner was held at Väland a historic restaurant in the heart of the city and provided a superb location for delegates to unwind and sample Swedish cuisine.
Work is already underway for Euro PM2014 to be held in Salzburg, Austria from the 21-24 September 2014. Further information on this and other EPMA events are available on our Events Calendar.
The use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) with metal powders is a new and growing industry sector with many of its leading companies based in Europe.
As a result of discussions between members of the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) who are active across the AM supply chain, it has been formally agreed that the EPMA will launch a new sectoral group with immediate effect.
To be called the European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG) its objectives will be fourfold:
- To increase the awareness of the Additive Manufacturing technology, with a special focus on metal powder based products.
- To enable the benefits of joint action, for example through research programmes, workshops, benchmarking and exchange of knowledge.
- To improve the understanding of the benefits of metal based AM technology by end users, designers, mechanical engineers, metallurgists and students.
- To assist in the development of International standards for the AM Sector.
There will be two co-chairmen of the group and in the first instance these will be Ralf Carlström of Höganäs AB Sweden and Claus Aumund-Kopp from Fraunhofer IFAM, Germany. They will coordinate activities in several areas including Conferences & Workshops, Promotion Activities, Technical Research Programs, Training and Standardisation work. It is anticipated that the EAMG will hold meetings regularly and it will be open to companies and organisations across the supply chain who are or will become members of the EPMA.
For further information please contact
Dr Olivier Coube
+33 4 42 12 47 44
The University of Trento played host to the 13th PM Summer School, (and the fifth to be funded by EPMA reserves), on 8th - 12th July 2013. As usual demand far outweighed the places available, but 52 students were successful in gaining a place on this year’s course.
Professor José Torralba, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, coordinated the event in conjunction with Professor Alberto Molinari and his team from the University of Trento, with administrative support from Joan Hallward and Rachel Burton-Pye of the EPMA.
The students from throughout Europe had the opportunity to listen to, discuss and solve problems with PM experts drawn from both industry and academia. Lectures were complemented by the University of Trento’s excellent laboratory facilities, where students learned about ‘Impact resistance of low alloyed PM steels’, ‘Microstructural analysis and microhardness’ and ‘Hardenability and sinterhardenability by dilatometry’.
Participants also had the chance to visit two companies: Mimest, who produce typical MIM parts, and Eurocoating, a medium sized company working in biomaterials.
No Summer School would be complete without the now traditional Summer School dinner and song contest held on the last evening of the course. This year the venue was ‘Doc’, a typical Italian restaurant, where everyone feasted to their heart’s content.
Another EPMA PM Summer School is planned for next year. Further information will be made available on the EPMA website early in 2014.
This year all events, except the Annual Dinner, will take place at: Eurostars Grand Central Hotel Arnulfstrasse 35 80636 Munich Bavaria, Germany