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In 3 jam-packed days, participants will learn:

  • PM history, current practice and the future
  • Why PM is a preferred method for producing metal parts
  • The many applications that use PM parts
  • The fine points in designing for PM
  • How metal powders are produced
  • About MPIF standards and tests
  • Designs for compacting tools
  • About various secondary operations
  • How sintering develops functional properties
  • About metal injection molding
  • The latest high-tech PM technologies including metal additive manufacturing

Receive hundreds of dollars in books/standards!

Course Registration Fees


Registration Type
  Before June 25    After June 25
MPIF Member $1,695 $1,795
APMI Member $1,795 $1,895
Non-Member $1,895 $1,995

For registration questions, contact Stephanie Schember, 609-452-7700 ext 114.



MONDAY, AUGUST 9                               (7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)

  • Overview of Powder Metallurgy
  • Metal Powder Production
  • Testing, Characterization, and Mixing of Metal Powders
  • Basic Principles of Compacting
  • Lubricants in Ferrous PM

TUESDAY, AUGUST 10                            (7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

  • Design of PM Parts
  • Sintering Principles
  • Conventional Sintering Furnaces and Practices
  • Tooling for PM
  • Metal Injection Molding
  • Isostatic Pressing Techniques

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11                      (7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

  • PM Material Standards
  • Secondary Operations on PM Parts
  • Microstructures: How Do They Affect Our Parts?
  • Refractory and Hardmetals
  • Additive Manufacturing and Powder Metallurgy
  • Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up Discussion


*   Program subject to change


CO-CHAIRS: W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech
Harb S. Nayar, FAPMI, TAT Technologies, Inc.


7:00–8:00 a.m.     Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:45 a.m.     Welcome/Opening Remarks/PM Touches Your Life
                            W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech
8:45–9:45 a.m.     Overview of Powder Metallurgy
                            W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech
9:45–10:15 a.m.   Break
10:15–11:15 a.m. Metal Powder Production
                            Andrew Bettin, Rio Tinto Metal Powders
11:15–12:15 p.m. Testing/Characterization/Mixing Metal Powders
                             Roland T. Warzel III, North American Höganäs, Co.
12:15–1:15 p.m.    Lunch
1:15–3:00 p.m.      Basic Principles of Compaction
                             Mark Thomason, Gasbarre Products, Inc.
3:00–3:30 p.m.      Break
3:30–4:30 p.m.      Lubricants in Ferrous Powder Metallurgy
                             W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech
4:30–5:30 p.m.      Reception (Popcorn Press Demonstration)

7:00–8:00 a.m.     Continental Breakfast
8:00–10:00 a.m.   PM Material Standards
                            W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech
10:00–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30–11:30 a.m. Secondary Operations and Powder Metal Parts
                            Scott Davis, Hoeganaes Corporation
11:30–12:30 p.m. Development and Importance of
                            Microstructures in Ferrous PM Parts

                            Thomas F. Murphy, FAPMI, Hoeganaes Corporation
12:30–1:30 p.m.  Lunch
1:30–2:45 p.m.    Refractory Metals, Hardmetals, and Tool Steels
                            Michael T. Stawovy, H.C. Stark Solutions
2:45–4:00 p.m.    Additive Manufacturing and Powder Metallurgy
                            Todd Palmer, CISP / PSU
4:00–4:15 p.m.    Wrap-up & Thank You
                           Harb Nayar, FAPMI, TAT Technologies, Inc.

7:00–8:00 a.m.     Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m.     Designing for PM
                            Scott Davis, Hoeganaes Corporation
9:00–10:15 a.m.   Sintering – Basics & Commercial
                             Harb Nayar, FAPMI, TAT Technologies, Inc.
10:15–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45–11:30 a.m. Conventional Sintering Furnaces and Practices
                            Raymond Serafini, PMT, Messer North America
11:30–12:15 p.m. Tooling for PM
                            Brian Aul, JIT Tool & Die, Inc
12 :15–1:15 p.m.  Lunch
1:15–2:15 p.m.    ​Metal Injection Molding
                            Thomas W. Pelletiers, Kymera International
2:15–3:15 p.m.    Isostatic Pressing Techniques
                            Chad Beamer, Quintus Technologies
3:15–3:30            Break
3:30–5:00 p.m.    Virtual Tour
                            The CISP Lab Tour - Cutting-Edge Technology
                            (If approved by Penn State)



Course Sponsor:
MPIF is a federation of independent trade associations representing companies engaged in the application of powder metallurgy, including manufacturers of PM parts, metal powders, and PM processing equipment.

Registration Fee includes:

E-copies of Fundamental of Powder Metallurgy, Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials Processing, and Hot Consolidation of Powders & Particulates textbooks, Standards 35, and other literature, will be sent out via electronic links.

Certificate of course completion

Seminar Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will be refunded in full if a written request is received no later than Friday, July 9, 2021. Thereafter, written requests received up to Friday, August 6, 2021, will be subject to a $325 cancellation fee.  Registrants who fail to attend, and have not cancelled as noted above, are liable for the entire registration fee.

Special Needs: Attendees that require special arrangements or have a special need (dietary or physical), please contact Diane Haggerty (dhaggerty@mpif.org) in advance so that arrangements can be made.

Restrictions on Recording: No photography, or audio or video recording of presentations is permitted.

Code of Conduct Policy: Presenters, Vendors and all other Attendees at MPIF/APMI/CPMT events are expected to comply with instructions from staff members, and are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a courteous, professional and respectful manner, refraining from language and conduct that might bring discredit upon themselves, their organizations, and MPIF/APMI/CPMT. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to disrupting the businesslike atmosphere, harassment, discrimination, inappropriate language, failing to comply with local, state, and federal laws, and conduct that puts themselves and others at risk. This code of conduct applies to both official activities of the event and its program as well as to any informal and social activities taking place in connection with the event. Presenters, and any other Attendees who do not comply with this code of conduct may be removed from the event and barred from attending future MPIF/APMI/CPMT sponsored or co-sponsored events.

Hotel Accommodations: Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fees but MPIF has reserved a block of rooms at the special rate of $126 single; this rate is guaranteed for attendees registering during the advanced registration period, no later than July 7, 2021. After that date, room reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis. 

Hotel Reservation: To book your room at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel and receive our group rate, please follow the link below and use group code BASI21A


Hotel Cancellation: Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to your arrival date to avoid being charged room and applicable taxes for one (1) night.