The Powder Metallurgy Association of India, an association of Indian and overseas PM professionals from industry, research and academia, is conducting a one-day workshop on Powder Injection Moulding, or PIM, in Mumbai.

The event will be held at the Ramada Powai Hotel & Convention Centre Powai, Mumbai, on Saturday 24 August 2013. The event covers both metal, MIM, and ceramic, or CIM, injection molding. The keynote speaker is Prof Sundar V Atre.

Powder Injection Molding, state the organisers, recently took some large leaps forward. In 2012 PIM technology accounted for about $1.45 billion in sales. It is an impressive performance, rising from modest sales of $6 million in 1986 when there were about 30 active operations.

The PIM 2013 Workshop presents a technology overview for new and prospective entrants to the PIM business. Four learning modules will be presented from recently collected data on research, sales, employment, capacity, productivity, materials, and geographic trends.

The course is broken down into the following modules:

Module 1

Status of global PIM markets

  • Technology overview
  • Applications
  • Statistical analysis and trends
  • PIM parts production metrics
  • Benchmarks for productivity
  • Industry outlook and forecasts

Module 2

PIM Materials & Parts

  • Powder characteristics
  • Binder options
  • Mixing technologies
  • Feedstock properties
  • Part design
  • Vendor base

Module 3

PIM Processes

  • Injection molding
  • Debinding options
  • Sintering options
  • Property benchmarks
  • Quality issues
  • Vendor base

Module 4

PIM Case Studies

  • Biomedical parts
  • Automotive parts
  • Electronic parts
  • Aerospace parts
  • Industrial parts
  • Consumer parts

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