Latest Powder Metallurgy Trends at PowderMet 2013

PowderMet 2013, an annual conference sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI International, will highlight the latest developments and trends in metal powders, as well as powder metallurgy (PM) processes, products, and applications. This International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials will be held June 24–27 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

The conference technical program will feature over 175 technical presentations by authors from 25 countries, and a trade exhibition will showcase leading suppliers of metal powders and particulate materials, processing equipment, and PM products.

The conference opening general session will feature the keynote talk "U.S. Manufacturing: More Important Now than Ever" by Michael F. Molnar, Director—Advanced Manufacturing Program Office, Chief Manufacturing Offices–National Institute of Standards and Technology, United Stated Department of Commerce, and an overview of the annual MPIF State-of-the-Industry Report. Additional conference events include the Industry Recognition Luncheon and the PM Design Excellence Awards Luncheon. The social highlight of the conference will be dinner and an evening on the Chicago river.

In addition to the comprehensive technical program, the conference will include management-focused programs open to MPIF-member companies: “Battling the Business Tsunami with Performance-Oriented Cultures”; “Production & Quality Gainsharing…A High Performance Work System”; “To Reshore or Offshore: How to Help Your Customer Objectively Decide”; “PM Technology Scan”; and “Tax, Healthcare, and a Hostile Financial Environment in the PM Industry.”

Technical sessions, poster presentations, and a slate of four special interest programs will cover a range of subjects such as nano-particle processing, ferrous PM materials, thermal processing for enhanced properties, MIM stainless steel, carbides, fine nickel and cobalt powders, PM aluminum alloys, and atomization. There are sessions on novel sintering, magnesium advances, machining, sinterhardening, cermets, dimensional analysis through sintering, MIM properties, processing, and microPIM. Other topics include dimensional control, modeling, compaction, titanium, soft magnet composites, HIPing, lubrication, NDT methods, fatigue, advanced powder processing, additive manufacturing, strategic PM materials, technologies for PM growth, and green finishing, hard finishing & testing of gears.

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