The P/M industry (Powdered Metals / Cermets / Intermetallics) is diverse and includes applications for automotive, aerospace, medical/dental, electronics, defense, hardware, and appliances.
The vision of this industry is to continuously seek out new materials, and innovative techniques to manipulate powdered metals, to enable its customer base to solve increasingly difficult problems related to energy conservation, reliability, size and weight reduction, bio-compatibility, product performance, and cost.
Common Powdered Metals Industry Challenges
Powdered metals parts producers are focused upon designing or improving processes to deliver fewer defects (six sigma), higher density (full density), and closer near-net-shape parts with greater strength and lower weight. Poor flow and segregation of the blend from the mixing stage through delivery to the final process step (e.g., feed shoe delivery into the die cavity, feed into the HIP can, MIM or PIM feed) can be common. These problems can lead to reduced powdered metals part quality, waste, process upsets, and require frequent operator intervention. Though the result of powder flow issues may not be apparent in the green compact stage, poor uniformity is often manifest after the sintering and hardening stages in the powdered metals process.
Common Materials Handled
Below, please find a shortened list of the bulk materials we have successfully handled in the Powdered Metals industry to date. Please note the below list is just a small sampling of the materials we've handled for clients in the Powdered Metals industry.
- Metal blend with resin
- Cermet blend
- Aluminum Powder
- Brass Powder
- Copper Powder
- Ferrite Powder
- Iron Powder
- Nickel Powder
- Steel Powder
- Tungsten Oxide/Carbon Powder Mix
Powdered Metals Industry Clients
Below, please find a sampling of clients who we have successfully provided bulk material engineering services for in the Powdered Metals industry.
- GKN Sintered Metals
- QMP (Rio Tinto)
- H.C. Starck
- NA Högonas
- Atlantic Copper
- Borg Warner Automotive
- Dodge; Div. of Rockwell
- Domfer Metal Powders
- Electro Copper Products
- Elkem Metals
- General Motors
- H.C. Starck
- Kemet Electronics Corp.
- Lincoln Electric
- Mascotech Sintered Components
- Metal Powder Components
- Noranda Sampling
- OMG Americas
- PM Resources
- Quebec Metal Powders
- SGM Armtek
- Tecsyn PMP
- Titanium Metals
- Windfall Products
Powdered Metals Industry Services
We offer a wide array of services for the Powdered Metals industries:
- On-site audit of segregation, flow problems
- Powdered metal bulk material testing
- Portable container, press hopper design
- Powdered metal tumble blending testing
- Anti-segregation hoppers
- Press feed system design, equipment supply
Whether discharging raw materials from Gaylord containers, formulating powdered metal mixes in a double cone tumble blender, or feeding the mix in a non-segregated manner to the compaction operation, Jenike & Johanson is prepared to meet your bulk material engineering needs.