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
The historic riverside city of Basel hosted this year's EuroPM Congress organised and sponsored by the European Powder Metallurgy Association.
A truly international event it included delegates from some 40 countries. Although a more focussed event in its areas of interest, its appeal meant that it attracted nearly 200 Oral and Poster presentations with nearly 700 attendees. The event also included a sell-out exhibition area with 74 stands covering companies from all parts of the PM supply chain. Jonathan Wroe, EPMA Executive Director said "Basel has proved an excellent and efficient venue for this event with its focus on MIM, Hard Materials, HIP and PM Applications. We would like to thank the EPMA Swiss members, plus the technical programme committee and delegates for their support, which is much appreciated". During the Congress plenary session EPMA President Mr Ingo Cremer presented the EPMA Distinguished Service Award for 2012 to Dr Volker Arnhold formerly of GKN Sintermetals GmbH in Germany. In addition EPMA Thesis awards were presented to Dr Catalina Jiménez from the Helmholz-Centre, Berlin and Mr Bruno Marques who was studying at Aveiro University in Portugal. A full social programme included a welcome reception and factory visits in addition to the traditional Gala Dinner. This was held at the elegant Stadtcasino, Basel in the heart of the city and provided a suitable finale to an enjoyable and productive event. Work is already underway for EuroPM 2013 to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden from the 15th -18th September 2013 to receive further information on this and other EPMA events please contact the EPMA
The 12th EPMA Summer School took place 25th – 29th June in San Sebastian Spain.
As has been the trend over the past few years, demand far outweighed the places available. The event was hosted by Professor Francisco Castro and his team from CEIT (Centro de estudios e investigaciones técnica), with administrative support from Joan Hallward and Kate Blackbourne of the EPMA. Professor José Torralba, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, coordinated the event during which the 53 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 CEIT's excellent laboratory facilities, where students learned about atomisation amongst other areas of PM. This year participants also had the chance to visit the factory of PMG Polmetasa SAU, as well as their state-of-the-art R&D facility. Polmetasa has the largest share of the European shock-absorbers market and is equipped with several sintering furnaces, presses, machining, continuous steam-water treatment. Another EPMA PM Summer School is planned for July next year. Further information will be made available on the EPMA website early in 2013.
The groundbreaking online database GPMD was launched in 2004 as a joint project between the world's three leading regional PM trade associations, the EPMA and its sister organisations in North America (MPIF) and Japan (JPMA).
Since that time the database has been refined and extended to include the non-ferrous PM and MIM sectors with coverage of nearly 4000 lines of high quality data. In the latest development launched this week additional information covering recently introduced hybrid ferrous structural grades, based on the sinter-hardening material, FL-5108, and the diffusion-alloyed material, FD-0105 has been added. 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.
Members of EPMA met together in Reims last week for their Annual Meeting.
Executive Board and Council meetings were held on 9th May, followed by an Annual Dinner at the Brasserie Flo, when participants were able to relax and enjoy an aperitif outside in the evening sunshine before their meal.
The EPMA General Assembly took place on the following day at the Reims Congress Centre which will be the venue for the 2015 Euro PM event. EPMA President, Mr Ingo Cremer, welcomed members to the the meeting and gave an overview of the current financial situation in Europe. Productive industry was essential for future prosperity, he said, and PM played a valuable part, providing goods for a global market, and maintaining a workforce with diverse professional skills. Mr Jonathan Wroe, Executive Director of EPMA, then gave an update of EPMA's activities over the past twelve months which focussed on research projects, the wide range of working group activities plus the success of the PM training courses and EuroPM 2011 Congress. He reported that the association has nearly recovered its membership numbers to pre- crisis levels and produced a positive financial result in 2011. Mr Jason Kaplan, Research Manager at Metal Bulletin gave a keynote speech focusing on "How Changing Commodity Fundamentals May Play to Powder Metallurgy's Strengths". Mr Kaplan highlighted how improved production efficiency and reduced recycling costs in the face of ever increasing raw material prices, and the demand for technological enhancements to meet environmental legislation, would strengthen the demand for powder metallurgy products. The annual meeting concluded with meetings of the European Structural Parts Group (ESPG). Next year's Annual Meeting will take place on 3rd/4th May 2013 in Munich.
The 18th March 2012 saw the first in what is planned will be a series of EPMA Short Courses.
The Elite Hotel Marina Plaza in Helsingborg, Sweden provided the venue for a highly successful two-day course on "Sintering – Fundamentals and Mass Production".
Sixty-five engineers and scientists from throughout Europe joined with twelve speakers drawn from both industry and academia to examine the practical capabilities and applications of sintering technology as applied to the powder metallurgy process. Lectures included: Fundamentals of Sintering – Theory and Practice; Sintering Atmospheres – Thermodynamics, Selection and Production; Analysis of a Typical Sintering Belt Furnace; Debinding/Delubing/Cooling and Sinterhardening amongst others. Participants had the opportunity to discuss and explore problems and case studies with the finest experts in the field.
As the subject of PM Sintering is quite complex, the EPMA plans to run a second Sintering Course in the Spring of next year focussing on Advanced Processes and Materials. Further information will be available on the EPMA website in the Autumn.
The EPMA general assembly is open to all members of EPMA. This year it will take place in Reims, France on 10th May.
Reims is situated in the heart of the champagne region in North East France. It is,moreover, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a wealth of monuments and museums, from the Gallo-Roman to the modern era. The meetings will take place at the Palais des Congrès in the centre of Reims. 12 Bd du Géneéral Leclerc 51722 Reims, France Foe details visit the EPMA web site