The powder metallurgy sector is constantly undergoing technological development, and at ceramitec the innovations this produces—which are more than capable of keeping pace with competitor technologies—can be experienced at first hand.
Today, powder metallurgy products are an intrinsic part of a number of technical sectors. Over the past few decades, PM parts have become prevalent in the automotive, aviation and aerospace, machining, medical technology, and electronics industries thanks to the high levels of economy and functional flexibility they have to offer. PM products can be primarily characterized by their economy and their performance. Experience gained from countless components shows that powder metallurgical processes can deliver savings of up to and even over 70 percent in machining and production compared to conventionally manufactured tools.
At every ceramitec event, all of the providers of the mechanical and thermal processes required for powder metallurgy will be represented. They showcase their innovations, such as yet further enhanced manufacturing processes using optimized materials.
Powder metallurgy is an indispensable part of many technical fields. Its products can be found in medical technology, aerospace, or mechanical engineering. The automotive industry is also significant. Here, current developments are providing new impulses. Its future potential is giving companies worldwide investment fever – according to the ceramitec industry barometer. That also goes for Osterwalder. The Swiss company presents the first electric press in the 200-tonne power range. It can be used instead of conventional hydraulic presses – for instance, in the automotive or carbide sectors. This is where the high flexibility and economic efficiency of powder metallurgy come into their own. In addition to the presses, the raw materials are a prerequisite for perfect end products. Baikowski is presenting its new microcrystalline ceramic abrasive at ceramitec. The potential of powder metallurgy seems unlimited. At the ceramitec forum, a theme day is being devoted to it. The experts see this manufacturing process for metal and ceramics as a key technology that will change entire industries. An important issue in future will be digitalization. Rohde has taken the first - small – step already: in the future its kilns can be controlled from home via an app...
The topic of mobility, in particular, is closely related with powder metallurgy because the automotive industry is the most important customer industry for powder metallurgy components. In turn, one of the focuses in the automotive sector is on electric mobility, which entails new challenges.
If one casts a glance at the procedural aspect, there is a focus on increased sintering temperatures. In this context, the industrial furnace construction sector will present optimized concepts at ceramitec 2018.
In the area of forming technologies, pressing, extruding, powder injection molding and additive manufacturing (AM) are being continuously refined. Additive manufacturing is paving the way for further fields of application of PM components—for example in medicine and aircraft construction. In this context, the focus in aircraft construction is on components for high temperature applications, which must simultaneously meet the requirements of lightweight construction.
To be able to cope with applications placing high demands on the required strengths, the hot isostatic pressing (HIP) procedure is indispensable for subsequent densification, particularly with components produced by additive manufacturing.
The topic of Industry 4.0 will be mapped on the basis of ceramitec 2018, because it is especially driven by the automotive industry.