“We’ll be unveiling our smart solutions to meet manufacturers’ demands for traceability and control of metal powders,” says Nate Kistler, Lead Applications Engineer with LPW Inc. “It’s exciting to be at the forefront of advances in the AM industry, and this pioneering metal powder hopper has the potential to greatly reduce the risk of contamination in metal AM.
“PowderTrace can be used to transport powders to the manufacturing facility and to store up to 470 kg of powder, reducing contamination, and minimising manual handling and, among other possible issues, the risk of accidently mixing powders from a different batch.”
Nate continues: “We’ll be demonstrating how these smart hoppers can monitor the weight, humidity, temperature, pressure, and oxygen levels of metal powder. All data collected during transportation and storage can be uploaded into PowderSolve, LPW’s quality control software package, managing data from powders across multiple locations and multiple machines to provide a clear overview of production status.”
At 11.45am, Thursday 11th May, Nate will be discussing controlling the risk in AM by careful management of metal powder with his presentation 'Optimizing Metal Powder Chemistries for Use in Additive Manufacturing'.