LPW Technology Ltd, Runcorn, UK, will showcase its PowderTrace system at Rapid+TCT in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, at stand 1223, May 8-11. The PowderTrace system, the company reports, is used to transport metal powders to the manufacturing facility and to store up to 470 kg of powder, having the potential to reduce contamination and minimise manual handling and, among other possible issues, the risk of accidently mixing metal powders from a different batch.
Nate Kistler, Lead Applications Engineer, LPW Inc., stated, “We’ll be unveiling our smart solutions to meet manufacturers’ demands for traceability and control of metal powders. It’s exciting to be at the forefront of advances in the AM industry, and this pioneering powder hopper has the potential to greatly reduce the risk of contamination in metal AM.”
Kistler will discuss LPW’s approach to controlling risks in AM by careful management of metal powders with his presentation “Characterization and handling of metal powder for AM”, at 11.45 AM on Thursday 11th May.
“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,” Kistler added.