Powder Metallurgy Trade Associations

The advancement of powder metallurgy from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial technology has been influenced greatly by various professional societies and the P/M trade association, whose annual technical conference proceedings chronicle the maturing of the technology. In 1944, an organization called the Metal Powder Association was founded by a group of metal powder producers in the United States. It was reorganized in 1958 as the Metal Powder Industries Federation, a trade association whose representation embraced the commercial and technological interests of the total metal powder producing and consuming industries. International in scope, the Federation consists of the following autonomous associations, which together represent the primary elements of the P/M and particulate materials industries:

• Powder Metallurgy Parts Association: Members are companies that manufacture P/M parts for sale on the open market.

• Metal Powder Producers Association: Members are producers of metal powders in any form for any use.

• Powder Metallurgy Equipment Association: Members are manufacturers of P/M processing equipment and supplies, including compacting presses, sintering furnaces, belts, tools and dies, and atmospheres.

• Refractory Metals Association: Members are manufacturers of powders or products from tungsten, molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, and cobalt.

• Advanced Particulate Materials Association (APMA):Members are companies that use P/M or other related processes to produce any of a wide variety of materials not covered by the other MPIF associations as well as companies that have proprietary P/M parts manufacturing facilities. It also includes emerging technologies that use the powders as precursors in manufacturing processes.

• Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA): Members are international companies that use the metal or ceramic injection molding process to form parts.

MPIF also has both Overseas and Affiliate/Consultant classes of membership.

The Federation generates industry statistics, process and materials standards, industrial public relations and market development, government programs, research, and various educational programs and materials.

The technology's "professional" society is APMI International. As distinguished from the Federation, APMI members are individuals, not companies. Members are kept informed of developments in P/M technology through local section activities, conferences, and publications, including the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy and Powder Technology. It is the only professional society organized specifically to serve the powder metallurgist and the P/M industry.

Many of the major professional societies are also active in powder metallurgy, usually through committees working on standards, conferences, or publications. This includes the ASM International, the Metallurgical Society, SAE, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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