Iron Powder is produced in many different grades for a variety of applications. Combined with a denser charge make-up results in lower energy requirements and faster melting time in steel manufacture. The demand for HPI, as a water atomized powder, continues to increase as it is commonly used in the automotive industry, powder metallurgy and magnetic materials.
Ironveld’s Competitive Advantage
• Components can be produced with very-complex shapes (e.g. spur and helical gears in the automotive industry) that would be difficult or impossible with traditional manufacturing techniques (i.e. greater ‘design freedom’ is available). PM components can be significantly lighter than cruder equivalents yielded by traditional techniques.
• Fewer production steps and less machining are required, resulting in lower energy utilisation and significantly reduced material wastage (near-100% utilisation or ‘near-net’ shape processing is possible), and therefore significantly lower production costs. PM is thus often described as a ‘green’ technology.
• Properties of the final component can be tailored relatively easily, e.g. other metals can be mixed into the powder blend to impart hardness and wear resistance, self-lubrication can be imparted via porosity control.
• A wider range of metal compositions is possible; with traditional techniques, certain metal mixtures are incompatible or impossible due to chemical, thermal and containment constraints.