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.
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 linked to powder metallurgy, as the automotive industry is the most important customer sector for powder metallurgy components. In the automotive sector, the focus is again on electromobility, which poses new tasks.
Looking at the process engineering side, the focus is on increased sintering temperatures. Industrial furnace construction will present optimised concepts for this at ceramitec 2022.
In the shaping technologies, presses, extrusion, powder injection moulding and additive manufacturing (AM) are constantly being further developed. Additive manufacturing opens the way for powder metallurgy components in other areas of application - for example in medicine and aircraft construction. In aircraft construction, the focus is on components for high-temperature applications, which usually have to meet the requirements of lightweight construction at the same time.
In order to be able to survive in applications with high demands in terms of the required strengths, the HIP process for post-compaction is indispensable, especially for additively manufactured components.
The topic of Industry 4.0 will also continue to be represented at ceramitec 2022, as it is being driven forward by the automotive industry in particular.