Hoeganaes Corp. has introduced a new process that can "dramatically increase production capacity of stainless-steel powder." The resulting powder, according to Hoeganaes, has a yield up to three times the green strength of currently available powders. The process utilizes arc-furnace technology, along with proprietary secondary processing operations. Hoeganaes claims it's the first time that an arc furnace, instead of an induction furnace, has been employed in the production of such powders. "Our new processing technology will allow us to produce annually more stainless-steel powder than is currently supplied to the entire North American powder metal (P/M) fabricating industry," adds Dennis M. Jackson, vice president, sales and marketing. The first product to be made with the new process will be a stainless-steel powder called Ancor(reg) High-Performance Stainless. Phone Tim Hale at (609) 829-2220.
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