The latest directory from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) makes powder metallurgy players a bit easier to find. The 2003 PM2 Buyers Guide lists the manufacturing, materials, and product capabilities of 147 suppliers of powder metallurgy components and subassemblies. And the 2003 PM2 Suppliers directory lists 163 companies and organizations that produce the various metal feedstocks, make process equipment, and provide powder metallurgy services. Copies of the directory are available from the MPIF. Visit www.mpif.org.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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