Le groupe Ascometal s’apprête à déposer le bilan (FR)

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Le fabricant d’aciers spéciaux (pour la mécanique, l’automobile, l’industrie des hydrocarbures) qui emploie près de 1 550 salariés, devrait «se déclarer en cessation de paiement dans les prochains jours» auprès du tribunal de grande instance de Strasbourg, a déclaré Cyril Brand, élu CFDT de l’entreprise. Selon le responsable syndical, cette procédure judiciaire, synonyme d’un dépôt de bilan, pourrait être engagée dès lundi. Ascométal devrait être placée dans la foulée en redressement judiciaire, l’objectif étant de trouver «un repreneur sérieux» pour l’entreprise, a-t-il ajouté. Selon une source proche du dossier, cette nouvelle a été annoncée par la direction vendredi en comité central d’entreprise (CCE). «Il y a encore des discussions» avec les partenaires, notamment «sur le calendrier», a toutefois précisé cette source.

Le groupe, spécialisé dans l’acier pour l’automobile et les hydrocarbures (Renault, Bosch, Fiat, Toyota, BMW ou la SNCF), ex-filiale d’Usinor (1 550 salariés, 580 à Hagondange et Custines, en Meurthe-et-Moselle, Dunkerque et Fos-sur-Mer), déposera le bilan lundi auprès du tribunal de commerce de Strasbourg et demandera son placement en redressement judiciaire. « Ce scénario n’était pas prévu », indique une source syndicale mais « nous allons nous battre pour trouver la bonne option de reprise ». En effet, le groupe Asco Industries, expert dans les produits spéciaux pour l’automobile et les hydrocarbures, avait missionné ces derniers mois la banque d’affaires UBS afinRead more

New High-Performance Alloys Lab at Austria Graz University (US)

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The new lab will focus on non-ferrous alloys such as titanium, nickel or aluminium alloys for components and their processing steps. The industrial partners for seven years are the metal producer Nemak, with head offices in Mexico and Linz, which produces cast-aluminium parts for the automotive industry, and BOEHLER Schmiedetechnik GmbH, with head office in Kapfenberg.

When metals are pressed to built a product, a lot of things happen to their microstructure. How strong, resilient, heatproof and chemically homogeneous an end product is in the long run, for instance a turbine blade, depends very much on the thermomechanical loads during production. But for high-performance alloys, like those used in transport, many detailed questions are still open. “We know that thermomechanical processes play an important role in the design of products made of high-performance materials. Nevertheless, controlling the desired properties of an alloy using specific process parameters and process routes is still a challenge for the industry and a Read more

Timet plans new specialty alloys hotmill at Toronto, Ohio, plant (US)

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Titanium Metals is planning to add a second specialty alloys hotmill at its rolling mill in Toronto, Ohio, a company official said Monday.
The official, who asked not to be identified, confirmed information from the United Steelworkers union that the Exton, Pennsylvania-based company is intent on expanding the Toronto facility.  The new hotmill project is still in its early planning stages, the source said, Read more

Perryman Co. buys former Caterpillar site to expand titanium production (US)

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Titanium is used in additive /3D Industry has been identified as an area for immediate growth.  Viewed by many  as transformative technology, Perryman has been supporting titanium additive /3D users for over 10 years. “Our strength  as a fully integrated titanium producer uniquely positions us to support the growth of this emerging industry. Our aim is to ensure there is a reliable, high quality source of supply” stated Perryman. The new campus will provide a solid foundation for Perryman to proactively expand titanium operations.  

Perryman Co., a titanium producer headquartered in Houston, Pa., has purchased 35 acres adjacent to the company’s facilities there. The new addition will allow the company to invest in additional manufacturing capacity across all its operations, according to a news release. The expansion will support growth for the next 10-15 years, according to the release. Aerospace and medical advancements areRead more

Overseas order boost for Alloy Wire International (US)

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A sustained campaign focused on increasing export work is reaping dividends for a specialist Black Country manufacturer.

Alloy Wire international (AWI), which supplies more than 60 different ‘high performance alloys’, has seen overseas sales grow by 10% in 2017 and now sends its products to 55 different countries across the world. Norway has seen the largest increase, followed by Hong Kong and Taiwan, with Italy, Belgium and Mexico all represented in the firm’s top 10 hotspots of client locations. The export boom means 52% of the company’s £8.5m turnover is now outside the UK and this could increase further with the appointment of three new agents in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa. “We have always been an international business and we wanted to step this up in 2017 by doing everything we can to support our network of 45 agents,” explained Mark Venables, managing director of AWI. “This has included moreRead more

Indian steelmaker RNIl to produce 1 million tons of special steels (US)

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RINL Chairman-cum-Managing Director P. Madhusudan on Tuesday said the company had finalised strategies for technological upgradation to produce more special steel and value added products to improve its share in the segment. He was speaking after inaugurating the all India special steel customers’ meet organised by the Marketing Department of RINL at Ukkunagaram. Mr. Madhusudan said special steel plays a significant role in the present market in improving the brand image and would contribute in enhancing the bottom-line of the organisation. The Visakhapatnam steel plant – Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited is planning to produce one million tonnes of special steel during 2017-18, according to Chairman and Managing Director P. Madhusudan. He was speaking in the plant on Tuesday after inaugurating the all-India special steel customers’ meet organised by the marketing department of the RINL. He said that the RINL had rolled out spring steel and spring steel flats for the first time in 80/16 size. The plant had also started production of low-alloy steel from the structural and special bar mill. Special steel products would largely cater to the needs of automobile industry, the Railways and engineering industry, he added. HeRead more

Cold-Spray Coatings: Recent Trends and Future perspectives 1st ed. 2018 Edition (US)

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This book combines the contributions of experts in the field to describe the behavior of various materials, micromechanisms involved during processing, and the optimization of cold-spray technology. It spans production, characterization, and applications including wear resistance, fatigue, life improvement, thermal barriers, crack repair, and biological applications. Cold spray is an innovative coating technology based on the kinetic energy gained by particles sprayed at very high pressures. While the technique was developed in the 1990s, industrial and scientific interest in this technology has grown vastly in the last ten years. Recently, many interesting applications have been associated with cold-sprayed coatings, including wear resistance, fatigue life improvement, thermal barriers, biological applications, and crack repair. However, many fundamental aspects require clarification and description.

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This book combines the contributions of experts in the field to describe the behavior of various materials, micromechanisms involved during processing, and the optimization of cold-spray technology. It spans production, characterization, and applications including wear resistance, fatigue, life improvement, thermal barriers, crack repair, and biological applications. Cold spray is an innovative coatingRead more

Böhler wants to secure cobalt supply for the next 10 years (US)

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Austrian specialty steel firm Boehler wants to buy cobalt in a year-long contract rather than buying monthly, two industry sources said on Friday, as rising demand from electric car makers has complicated its normal purchase patterns. Demand for cobalt, a key component of rechargeable batteries, is expected to soar in coming years as governments battle pollution and more electric cars are built. German carmaker Volkswagen asked producers last month to submit proposals for supplies for up to 10 years from 2019.  Boehler, aunit of Vienna-listed Voestalpine, Read more

Artificial intelligence aids materials fabrication (US)

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Elsa Olivetti, the Atlantic Richfield Assistant Professor of Energy Studies in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE).

System could pore through millions of research papers to extract “recipes” for producing materials.

In recent years, research efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the Materials Project have produced a wealth of computational tools for designing new materials useful for a range of applications, from energy and electronics to aeronautics and civil engineering. But developing processes for producing those materials has continued to depend on a combination of experience, intuition, and manual literature reviews. A team of researchers at MIT, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of California at Berkeley hope to close that materials-science automation gap, with a new artificial-intelligence system that would pore through research papers to deduce “recipes” for producing particular materials. “Computational materials scientists have made a lot of progress in the ‘what’ to make — what material to design based on desired properties,” says Elsa Olivetti, the Atlantic Richfield Assistant Professor of Energy Studies in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE). “But because of that success, the bottleneck has shifted to, ‘Okay, now how do I make it?’”

The researchers envision a database that contains materials recipes extracted from millions of papers. Scientists and engineers could enter the name of a target material and any other criteria — precursor materials, reaction conditions, fabrication processes — and pull up suggested recipes.

As a step toward realizing that vision, Olivetti and her colleagues have developed a machine-learning system that canRead more

Nanshan Aluminum and Rolls-Royce sign contract agreement (US)

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In October 27th, Nanshan aluminum forging company with the British Rolls Royce company (Rolls-Royce) engine rotating parts supply contract signing ceremony was held in the Nanshan aviation technology center park. Rolls Royce Asia Pacific Supplier Management Executive James Lloyd, Rolls Royce Chinese supplier management executive official Hong Xiang, Lolo Chinese District rotary parts supplier management business manager Wu Tan, Cheng Rence, chairman of Nanshan, Nanshan aluminum board, deputy general manager and general manager Lu airmaterial park is the wind, Nanshan aluminum board, deputy general manager Liu Chunlei, general manager of Read more

Fleuron de l’aéronautique, Mecachrome voit affluer les offres de rachat (FR)

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Les actionnaires majoritaires de ce spécialiste français de l’usinage ont déjà reçu huit offres spontanées.

Mecachrome, l’un des plus anciens équipementiers de l’aéronautique française, est à vendre. Dix ans après avoir repris l’entreprise en redressement judiciaire, les trois actionnaires majoritaires – le fonds d’investissement ACE (35 %), bpifrance (30 %) et le fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (35 %) – ont décidé de se désengager de concert, indique un proche du dossier, confirmant des informations du Figaro. « Un mandat de vente a été confié à Rothschild […] L’objectif est de conclure la transaction au cours du premier semestre 2018 », écrit le quotidien, qui Read more

Liége : premières commandes pour l’acier revêtu sous vide d’Arcelor-Mittal (FR)

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Le groupe PSA (Peugeot, Citroën et Opel dernièrement), Renault et Fiat. Voilà les tout premiers clients de la ligne JVD (Jet vapor deposition) d’ArcelorMittal, située à Kessales (Jemeppe). Les premières bobines de cet acier du futur viennent d’être commandées. Cette technologie, unique au monde, a été développée ici à Liège, au Centre de recherche métallurgique.

Les premiers clients du secteur automobile viennent de passer leurs premières commandes auprès d’ArcelorMittal afin de bénéficier de l’acier revêtu sous vide fabriqué dans l’usine Kessales de Jemeppe. Il s’agit des marques Read more

GE Aviation readies unique materials factories in Alabama (US)

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – GE Aviation said today that initial personnel and special processing equipment are in place at a new $200 million factory complex in Alabama that will be America’s first production center for unique materials used to manufacture ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). CMCs are poised to revolutionize aerospace manufacturing because of their ultra-lightweight properties and their ability to withstand extremely high temperatures. The center in Huntsville is comprised of two adjacent factories standing on 100 acres, where silicon carbide (SiC) materials will be mass produced. The plants are critical in enabling GE Aviation to produce CMC components in large volume.

“Demand for CMCs is expected to grow tenfold over the next decade driven by rising jet engine production. rates”

“The equipment coming into our Huntsville factories is unique,” said Jon Lyford, plant manager for GE Aviation’s Huntsville operations. To staff the facility, GE Aviation has been hiring engineers outside the traditional areas ofRead more

Researchers achieve breakthrough in 3-D printed marine grade stainless steel (US)

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LLNL materials scientist Joe McKeown looks on as postdoc researcher Thomas Voisin examines a sample of 3D printed stainless steel.; Researchers say the ability to 3D print marine grade, low-carbon stainless steel (316L) could have widespread implications for industries such as aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas.

“Marine grade” stainless steel is valued for its performance under corrosive environments and for its high ductility—the ability to bend without breaking under stress—making it a preferred choice for oil pipelines, welding, kitchen utensils, chemical equipment, medical implants, engine parts and nuclear waste storage. However, conventional techniques for strengthening this class of stainless steels typically comes at the expense of ductility. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, along with collaborators at Ames National Laboratory, Georgia Tech University and Oregon State University, have achieved a breakthrough in 3-D printing one of the most common Read more

THE FUTURE OF MATERIALS SUMMIT- November 13th – 14th 2017 | Luxembourg (US)

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Innovations such as 3D printing, robotics, extreme customisation and high-performance computing are just some of the elements that will shape the future of manufacturing. But nothing will impact how things are made, and what they are capable of, more than the materials manufacturers use.

Advancements in material science are at a turning point. From programmable matter to smart polymers and self-healing concrete, the application of new materials could unlock new avenues for traditional industries to take off–and possibly solve some of the greatest challenges facing our planet. But human beings are still inefficient at turning raw materials into useful ones, and useful ones in products. The road from discovery to production is long Read more

Severstal introduces Artificial Intelligence to prevent failures at hot rolling mill (US)

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Cherepovets Steel Mill, one of the world’s largest integrated steel plants (part of Severstal’s Russian Steel division), has launched the commercial operation of a digital predictive model to prevent failures at the hot rolling mill 2000 and thereby reduce its downtime. This model calculates the probability and risk of the pinion stand bearings overheating, which is one of the most frequent and costly causes of unit shutdown. This is the first predictive maintenance model introduced at the CherMK plant as part of  Severstal’s digital transformation strategy. The model’s forecasting is based on the data stream collected from onsite temperature sensors located at the mill. TheRead more

Boeing Invests in Gamma Alloys a supplier of reinforced aluminum alloys (US)

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CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced its investment in Valencia, Calif.-based Gamma Alloys, a leader in aluminum alloys focused on developing advanced metal-matrix composites for use in aerospace, automotive and other industries. This investment by Boeing HorizonX Ventures, which was established earlier this year, is its first in advanced materials and machining development and applications. “The wear, strength, durability and machining characteristics of Gamma’s materials have the opportunity to further reduce the weight of our products,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president of Boeing HorizonX. “The traction that Gamma Alloys has gained Read more

Greg Mulholland, the founder and CEO of the machine learning materials startup Citrine Informatics (US)

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Greg Mulholland is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Citrine Informatics, the data analytics platform for materials and chemicals. He works with partners along the materials value chain to use state of the art data science techniques to identify areas of improvement and optimization in advanced materials discovery, product design, and manufacturing. He has co-authored 20 peer-reviewed publications in materials science and electricalengineering; has given invited talks in Asia, Europe, and North America, including at the White House and European Commission; has led millions of dollars in US National Lab partnerships; and was named among Forbes Read more

Danieli supplied a 9,000 tons open-die forging press to North American Forgemasters (US)

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The largest and most modern of its kind in North America, this 90MN (10,120-ton) four-columns push-down hydraulic-driven Danieli Breda press is served by a 200-mt railbound manipulator, a 100-mt mobile manipulator and a 190-mt overhead crane. NAF, which is the only manufacturer of open-die forgings fully integrated from steelmaking through finish machining in the Western Hemisphere, selected Danieli Breda among other competitors Read more

ArcelorMittal to invest $100 million at Indiana Harbor next year (US)

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ArcelorMittal plans to invest more than $100 million at its Indiana Harbor steel mill in East Chicago next year, which would be a major boon for local tradesmen. ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor General Manager Wendell Carter said at the the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable’s and Construction Advancement Foundation’s 2017 Business & Economic Outlook at Ivy Tech in Valparaiso on Friday the steelmaker planned $276 million in capital spending next year, including more than $100 million at the Indiana Harbor steel mill in East Chicago. Carter said the steelmaker would do work on its continuous anneal line, No. 2 coating line and cold mill complex “to improveRead more

Fuel cell with Plansee interconnects runs for 10 years (US)

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This fuel cell stack makes use of Plansee interconnects manufactured from ITM. ITM is an iron-based ODS (Oxide-Dispersion Strengthened) alloy with a 26 % chrome content and very small amounts of yttrium oxide (Y2O3).

The ITM interconnect supplied by Plansee was an important component in the planar solid oxide fuel cell developed at the Jülich GmbH Research Center. The system has now been running and producing electricity for 10 years and over its entire service life to date, it has exhibited only a very low level of aging of approximately 0.6% per 1,000 operating hours. A further development to the stack in 2010 provided even better results: Over 34,500 hours of operation, it aged only half as much. This endurance test was launched on August 6, 2007, and is intended to demonstrate the durability of the solid oxide fuel cells developed by Jülich. These have to run for between 40,000Read more

TimkenSteel to Increase Annual Heat-Treat Capacity by 50,000 Tons (US)

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TimkenSteel’s advanced quench-and-temper facility provides 50,000 process tons of additional quench-and-temper capacity to improve delivery times of thermal-treated bars and tubes and meet strong market needs. Above, a 12.284-inch OD x 1.614-inch-wall seamless mechanical tube is shown…

CANTON, OhioNov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TimkenSteel (NYSE: TMST, timkensteel.com), a leader in customized alloy steel products and services, has brought its newest thermal-treatment asset, the advanced quench-and-temper facility, online and has begun processing customer orders. The addition of the $40 million facility, located at the company’s Gambrinus Steel Plant in Canton, Ohio, increases TimkenSteel’s existing quench-and-temper capacity by 50,000 tons or 45 percent and brings the company’s total annual thermal-treatment capacity to Read more

ATI and Tsingshan to Form Stainless Steel Joint Venture (US)

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ATI and Tsingshan to Form Innovative Stainless Steel Joint Venture

  • Two Global Innovators to Form Joint Venture
  • Tsingshan’s Vertical Integration Provides Reduced Raw Materials Cost Volatility
  • Conversion Agreement Expected to Significantly Increase ATI’s HRPF Utilization
  • JV’s DRAP Finishing Facility to Restart; Adds 100 Jobs
  • JV Provides a Highly Competitive and Uniquely Differentiated Offering
  • Another Action to Position ATI’s FRP Business for Sustainable Profitability

November 02, 2017  – PITTSBURGH—Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to form an innovative 50-50 joint venture (JV) with an affiliate company of Tsingshan Group (Tsingshan). Tsingshan is vertically integrated and is the world’s largest stainless steel producer. Formation of the JV is subject to customary regulatory and anti-trust clearances, which are expected by the first Read more

New-York Governor Visits Norsk Titanium Plant (US)

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Norsk Titanium is the only company that manufactures FAA-approved structural titanium components for the aerospace industry using a patented rapid plasma 3D printing technique.  Based in Norway, its global manufacturing facility is located in Plattsburgh.  On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the plant and officiallydedicated the facility. New York State and SUNY Polytechnic invested $125 million to bring the company to the state.  In September 2016 Norsk announced its 67,500-square foot Plattsburgh manufacturing plant had openedRead more

Arconic Names Former GE Executive Chip Blankenship as CEO (US)

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Aerospace parts specialist Arconic Inc. named former General Electric Co. executive Chip Blankenship as its new chief executive, seeking to bring an end to a year of management turmoil that included a bitter fight with an activist investor and the sudden resignation of its former chief. Blankenship, 51, brings 20 years of aerospace experience toRead more

Hindalco eyes Aleris Corp. to tap growing aluminium demand (US)

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Aluminium major Hindalco through its US-based subsidiary Novelis is weighing a bid to acquire Cleveland, Ohio-based Aleris Corporation from its private equity owners.

Aluminium major Hindalco, through its US-based subsidiary Novelis, is weighing a bid to acquire Cleveland, Ohio-based Aleris Corporation from its private equity owners, reports the Economic Times. Other players gained entry into the race after the exclusive talk between China Zhongwang Holdings and Aleris Corp hit a roadblock due to heightened US national security concerns. The Chinese company extended talk with Aleris twice but failed to getRead more

Electric cars prompt consultants CRU to explore cobalt sulphate (US)

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LONDON (Reuters) – Metals consultancy CRU Group wants to create a price mechanism for cobalt sulphate, in response to increasing demand for the compound used in making rechargeable batteries that power electric cars. Prices for cobalt sulphate are often based on those for refined metal published by Metal Bulletin. The London Metal Exchange’s cobalt contract is also for refined metal. But demand for cobalt sulphate is expected to outpace that Read more

SSAB aims to be fossil-free by 2045 (US)

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SSAB increases the company ambitions for sustainability and sets new long-term objectives. By 2045 SSAB aims to be totally fossil-free. However, in the mid-term, the most noticeable sustainability impacts will be achieved by our sustainable offering: 10 million tonnes in annual customer CO2 savings by 2025. 

“In many respects we are already a forerunner and we want to retain that position in the future. The sustainability trend is transforming the steel industry and noticeable measures are required to mitigate climate change. Our new objectives are highly ambitious, but we feel certain that we will reach them. Achieving our goals requires great efforts Read more

Conférence de Frédéric BERNARD : “La métallurgie des poudres” (FR)

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L’Académie François Bourdon organise le 8 novembre, à 18h30 au  Château de la Verrerie, cour du manège, une conférence intitulée “La métallurgie des Poudres : La Métallurgie du 21ème siècle.”  Le conférencier, Frédéric BERNARD, est professeur à l’Institut Carnot de Bourgogne (Université de Bourgogne à Dijon).

Frédéric BERNARD, Professeur des Universités de Classe Exceptionnelle au sein de l’UFR Sciences et Techniques, est un spécialiste reconnu dans le domaine des poudres et des matériaux frittés. En particulier, il a activement contribué à l’émergence de la technologie SPS. Il est Directeur du département Nanoscience, Directeur de l’équipe MaNaPi et Responsable du Pôle Frittage de Welience qu’il a créé en 2009. Auteur de plus de 100 publications, il est un des acteurs majeurs de la valorisation de la métallurgie des poudres en Bourgogne.

Au cours de cette intervention, les différentes étapes depuis la fabrication de la poudre jusqu’à l’obtention d’un composant denses seront décrits.  De nombreux exemples de réalisation viendront illustrer cette présentation. Les enjeux ainsi que lesRead more

Sigma Clermont se dote d’un centre d’usinage du titane sans équivalent (FR)

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Après son exposition au Salon EMO d’Hanovre (Allemagne) du 18 au 23 septembre 2017, les premiers éléments du nouveau centre d’usinage de titane multi-axes Flexia V ont été livrés au début du mois d’octobre à SIGMA Clermont.  L’assemblage se poursuivra jusqu’à la fin d’année 2017 pour une mise en service début 2018.

Mécaniciens des matériaux et des structures, roboticiens, informaticiens et spécialistes de la production manufacturière sont d’ores et déjà à l’œuvre sur la plateforme technologique de l’école pour imaginer les solutions de demain. Les industriels sont également associés au projet, notamment Aubert & Duval, qui a inauguré dernièrement à Saint-Georges-de-Mons (Puy-de-Dôme) une usine de recyclage du titane unique en Europe. SIGMA Clermont a également noué un partenariat avec Airbus et Safran. D’autres collaborations sont prévues dans la durée, sachant que l’exploitation de la machine, sa maintenance et la fourniture du support technique sont assurées par l’école.

Cette machine, acquise dans le cadre du projet RoMaPAR+ du CPER (Contrat de plan Etat-Région) 2015, aux caractéristiques exceptionnelles (courses de 2 mètres, puissance de broche de 100 kW), est la première d’une Read more