Musical Opening - String Ladies
Welcome from Congress Chairman - Dr Michael Krehl
Introduction from EPMA Executive Director - Dr Lionel Aboussouan
A Review of the PM Industry from the European Perspective - Mr Philippe Gundermann
Overview of PM Activities in the Far East - Mr Isamu Kikuchi & Mr Takashi Saito
Overview of PM Activities in North America - Mr Patrick J. McGeehan
MPIF President (Vice President & General Manager, Ametek, Inc., USA)
Current and Future Application of Powder Metallurgical Materials in the Automotive Industry - Dr. Oliver Schauerte
Although not really well known as structural materials in automotive production, powder metallurgical materials have played a key role in the manufacturing of high strength and highly stressed automotive components for many decades. Typical applications are mainly found in the drivetrain, such as sprocket wheels, various components in the valvetrain, flanges, and many applications in the gear box. Small, highly abrasive loaded components are also in use in the interior or the chassis.
However, components made by powder metallurgy are mostly hidden in larger assemblies, often supplied by tier 2 or tier 3 manufacturers. This leads to a disadvantageous lack of attention given to this manufacturing technology and its potentials through the car manufacturers.
New demands for more fuel economy and lightweight design and also the challenges resulting from the rising demand for electrical drivetrains, give new perspectives for powder metallurgy. For example: beside the ongoing demand for new materials with improved mechanical and abrasive properties, the need for high performance soft and hard magnets in electrical drivetrains, powder applications in battery systems, especially the latest developments in additive manufacturing, allowing bionicly optimised lightweight components and also new approaches in tool making and low volume variants.
This technology is of growing importance and the powder properties are significantly influencing the material behavior and they are also the most significant cost factor for metal based additive manufactured parts, so that improvements in metal powders and in processing technology enable new perspectives for powder metallurgy.
The presentation will give an overview on the current applications for automotive applications made by powder metallurgy, its potential considering the new challenges for the automotive industry and new fields of application like magnets and powders for additive manufacturing.
Hydrogen: A New Vector for our Future Energy System - Dipl.-Ing. Roland Kappner
With the unstoppable dawn of the fossil and the parallel rise of the renewable energy age, hydrogen seems to be an obvious candidate to become one of the most important energy vectors of the future. And potentially a key element for a cleaner, safer and more sustainable world. The need to decarbonize our planets environment, the challenges for our existing energy infrastructure imposed by renewables and finally the quantum leaps in materials and production technologies will open a new era of hydrogen energy driven products, systems and solutions.
Thesis Competition 2016 - Dr Elena Bernardo & Mr Uriel Tradowsky
EPMA PM Component Awards 2016
Keynote Paper Awards 2016
Distinguished Service Award 2016 - Dr Cèsar Molins