Metal Powder Industries Federation

Basic Short CourseBasic PM Short Course

August 13–15, 2018
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel • State College, PA

The Basic Powder Metallurgy (PM) Short Course is the powder metallurgy industry's longest running course—celebrating its 50th anniverary in 2014. If you or your company's employees are new to the PM industry, this is the course for you.

This Intensive 3-Day Course Is Designed Especially for You, If You Are:

Course registration includes speaker handouts, binder, and portfolio bag with PM publications including copies of Fundamentals of Powder Metallurgy, Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials Processing, Injection Molding of Metals and Ceramics, and Hot Consolidation of Powders & Particulates textbooks, Standards 35, and other literature

Basic Short Course Classroom


7:00–8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:00 a.m.–Noon Morning Session
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–5:00 p.m. Afternoon Session
5:00–6:00 p.m. Reception with "Popcorn Press" Demo
7:30–8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.–Noon Morning Session
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–5:00 p.m. Afternoon Session
7:30–8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.–Noon Morning Session & Wrap-up Discussion
Noon Lunch & Departures

No photography or recording of any kind

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

General Information

When You Attend This Class You Will Learn:

  • PM history, current practice, and the future
  • Why PM is a leading method for producing metal parts
  • The many applications that use PM parts
  • The fine points in designing for PM
  • How metal powders are produced
  • Designs for compacting tools
  • How sintering develops functional properties
  • About various secondary operations
  • About MPIF standards and tests
  • About metal injection molding
  • The latest high-tech PM technologies, including metal additive manufacturing (3D printing)

...and receive over $600 in books/standards!

Course Registration Fees

Fee includes course registration, breakfasts, lunches, and breaks.


Monday, August 13

Powder Metallurgy Touches Your Life

Overview of PM
John Engquist, FAPMI, JENS Solutions LLC
History of PM... The basic process...Raw materials...Engineering principles...General applications

Metal Powder Production
Vincent Paris, Rio Tinto Metal Powders
General process principles... Carbonyl, reduction of oxides, granulation, high-pressure-water atomization, binder treatment

Testing, Characterization, and Mixing of Metal Powders
Roland T. Warzel III, North American Höganäs, Inc.
Chemistry, powder morphology... Particle size and distribution... Engineering characteristics... Mixing and blending... MPIF/ASTM/ISO standards

Lubricants in Ferrous Powder Metallurgy
W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech
Apparent density... Flow... Compressibility... Ejection characteristics... Green strength... Removal during sintering... Dimensional change

Basic Principles of Compacting
Tom Pontzer, Gasbarre Products, Inc.
Behavior of powder under pressure... Uniaxial vs. isostatic principles... Density distribution in two-step parts...Density distribution in long parts... Ejection force and effects... Explanation of HIP, CIP, forging, rolling, etc.

Tooling for PM
Robert T. Beimel, JIT Tool & Die, Inc.
Tooling materials—traditional and modern... Design to our advantage... Tooling engineering, manufacturing...Tool utilization and quality

Featuring a demonstration of the famous "Popcorn Press"

Tuesday, August 14

Design of PM Parts
Samuel (Sandy) Jaffe, The P/M Experience Inc.
Getting the most from the MPIF "Preferred Metal-Forming Solution" booklet... Theory of proper design...Uniqueness of PM... Economics examples

Sintering Principles
Harb Nayar, FAPMI, TAT Technologies, Inc.
Theory of sintering... Walk through a sintering cycle in practice... Dimensional control... Effects of sintering on properties... Various sintering atmospheres... Sintering systems in the industry... Monitor and control option review

Conventional Sintering Furnaces and Practices
Raymond Serafini, PMT, Linde, LLC
Types of furnaces... Conveyors... Burn-off/delube...Sintering zones... Slow cool... Cooling Instrumentation...Trends

Microstructures: How Do They Affect Our Parts?
Thomas F. Murphy, FAPMI, Hoeganaes Corporation
Investigation into the effect of sintering... Evaluation... Improvement of processing

PM Material Standards
W. Brian James, FAPMI, PMtech
Why material standards?... Review of MPIF Standard 35... Structural parts, bearings, MIM, powder forged... MPIF material code designations... Guaranteed minimum values... Proof testing... Material properties... Process design considerations

Secondary Operations on PM Parts
John Engquist, FAPMI, JENS Solutions LLC
Machining, heat treating, grinding... Steam treating, resin/oil impregnation... Tumbling, welding/joining, plating... Sizing/coining, hot forging

Wednesday, August 15

Improving Powder Compaction Die Life by Recognizing the Interaction of Tool Steel Properties and Common Tooling Failures
Ed Severson, Boehler-Uddeholm
Manufacturing process of prealloyed powder to achieve 100% density... High-alloy tool steels...Nickel-base superalloys... Corrosion-resistant near-net-shape alloys... Composite bars

Refractory and Hardmetals
Rick Morgan, Global Tungsten and Powders
Processing... Properties... Applications

Metal Powder Injection Molding
Thomas W. Pelletiers, Kymera International
Applications... Properties... Comparison and contrast with traditional PM

Additive Manufacturing: the Newest PM Technology
Joseph T. Strauss, HJE Company, Inc.
Introduction to metal additive manufacturing/3D printing... Metal powders for AM... Economics for AM...Current metal AM applications

Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up Discussion

Presentations subject to change.

General Information

Registration Fee includes:

  • Course registration, speaker handouts, binder, and portfolio bag
  • Fundamental of Powder Metallurgy, Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials Processing, Injection Molding of Metals and Ceramics, and Hot Consolidation of Powders & Particulates textbooks, Standards 35, and other literature
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 luncheons and breaks
  • Certificate of course completion

Advanced Registration: Take advantage of special pre-registration discounts by registering advance. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, July 6, 2018, to qualify for the reduced rates. If you do not receive an acknowledgement by e-mail within 10 business days, please contact Stephanie Schember.

If you are registering multiple people from your organization, please contact Stephanie Schember for a paper registration form.

Hotel Accommodations: Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fees but MPIF has reserved a block of rooms at the special rate of $127 single; this rate is guaranteed for attendees registering during the advanced registration period, no later than July 6, 2018. After that date, room reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis.

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..

Seminar Cancellation Policy: Registration fees will be refunded in full if a written request is received no later than Friday, July 6, 2018. Thereafter, written requests received up to Friday, August 10, 2018, 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 in advance so that arrangements can be made.

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.

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