September 17, 2018, Beijing The technology company The Linde Group is showcasing on 2018 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy (WORLDPM2018) in Beijing with its complete offer of solutions for powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing throughout the industry value chain. A great variety of state-of-the-art equipment and solutions come into the spotlight, including SINTERFLEX®, an atmosphere control system for powder metal sintering, ADDvanceTM metal powder cabinet and ADDvanceTM O2 precision (a high precision control equipment) for additive manufacturing, which attests to Linde’s excellent capabilities of promoting innovation and improving quality and efficiency by its world-leading technologies.
In recent years, as the rising demands of various industries for processing new materials and complex parts have been increasing the applications of powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing, improving quality and efficiency while reducing costs have become the focus of the industrial users. In this particular field, Linde, drawing strength from its leading advantages in terms of industrial gas and equipment supply, industrial expertise and technological application, is well poised to provide complete solutions for powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing throughout the industry value chain, covering the demands of such industrial users for metal powder production, storage, sintering, additive manufacturing processes, heat treatment, hot isostatic pressing, cleaning, etc.
At this year’s event, a great variety of solutions and equipments, including SINTERFLEX®, an atmosphere control system for the sintering process in powder metallurgy, ADDvanceTM metal powder cabinet and ADDvanceTM O2 precision (a high precision control equipment) for additive manufacturing, are on display to attract the attention of a large audience by dint of outstanding innovative technologies.
The sintering process of powder metal components is a high-temperature technological process performed in furnace atmospheres, where powder metal components acquire the desired mechanical and physical properties, sizes and shapes. Linde’s SINTERFLEX® technology on display at this event is capable of automating the control of atmosphere in sintering furnace, empowering customers to optimise their sintering process in an attempt to improve product quality, reduce gas consumption and elongate the lifecycle of the major components of sintering equipment.
The atmosphere control system SINTERFLEX® enables closed-loop control of the gas atmosphere required for sintering, and, more importantly, keeps the oxygen concentration, carbon content and dew point in the specified range, thus ensuring the quality of the sintered components. The complete sintering furnace that works in conjunction with this technology, aside from testing, analyzing and controlling the system in pure atmosphere, is able to optimise existing atmosphere and enable intelligent control, as well as satisfy the new gas requirements of new products.
Furthermore, additive manufacturing, as an innovative manufacturing technology, has been gaining momentum in the global manufacturing landscape thanks to a number of advantages including reduced materials, flexible production and launch lead time, agile design and scalable customisation etc. In this particular field, Linde’s solutions are ideal for a number of major processes, including laser metal fusion, laser metal deposition, selective laser sintering, wire arc additive manufacturing, thermal spraying surface finishing and electron beam melting.
As a global leader in innovative technologies, Linde has equally put a series of solutions on display, including ADDvanceTM metal powder cabinet and ADDvanceTM O2 precision (a high precision control equipment) for additive manufacturing, in order to improve quality and efficiency for customers in the additive manufacturing industry in pursuit of innovations. Designed with dual chambers, ADDvanceTM metal powder cabinet is capable of precise moisture control in the cabinet, delivering consistent powder quality levels while saving purge gas. ADDvanceTM O2 precision provides the perfect atmosphere for high-end additive manufacturing to enable products to obtain unimpaired material properties.
Over the years, Linde remains committed to providing comprehensive and reliable gas supply options for customers from various industries, and help customers improve quality and efficiency and maximise productivity by our in-depth process solutions. Tapping into our world-leading industrial gas technologies and solutions, Linde will make every effort to facilitate the innovative development of our customers throughout the industry chain of powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing.