Boston Hosts North American PM Industry
POWDERMET2016, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, co-located with AMPM2016 – Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy – gathered in historic Boston in June for another successful event.
Nearly 900 delegates from 30 countries attended technical presentations, special interest programs, and poster presentations during North America’s largest PM industry event of the year. The combined exhibition featured about 100 companies showcasing top products, goods, and services. During the Opening General Session, keynote speaker Jim Carroll addressed “The Disruption of Manufacturing”. His interactive presentation had delegates sharing their experiences regarding current shifts in technology and how they and their companies are keeping with these changes.
The six big issues discussed were: transformation, hyperconnectivity, lifecycle, process, skills intensity, and generations, which included a section on key realities about the future of manufacturing skills – existing careers may disappear, but there is a rapid emergence of new careers. An overview of the current state of the PM industry was provided by Patrick McGeehan, MPIF President, who shared that confidence remains strong within executive office and on the shop floors in the majority of PM industry companies. With a variety of presentations at POWDERMET2016, including 33 technical sessions, 3 special interest programs, and an international display of posters, the event attracted a wide array of attendees. The parallel AMPM conference featured over 40 presentations in 13 technical sessions. Next year the powder metallurgy industry will invade Las Vegas 13–15 June 2017. Calls for Papers and Presentations have been issued with a 4 November 2016 deadline.