Superalloy metal powder supplier wins aerospace certification

A UK manufacturer of premium metal powders and alloys has earned critical quality certifications that will enable expansion into the aerospace sector.

Liberty Powder Metals' atomiser, which opened last year at the Materials Processing Institute on Teesside, produces a range of premium stainless steel and nickel superalloy powders that enable 3D printing of precision components.

The certifications, which were awarded after extensive and rigorous audits of Liberty Powder Metals’ quality management system and internal operations, covers the manufacture, processing and testing of metallic alloy powders for near net shape and additive manufacturing applications.

The company has been awarded two quality certifications: EN 9100 is the internationally recognised Quality Management System for the aerospace industry; ISO 9001 is the equivalent system for general industry.

Liberty Powder Metals’ general manager, Simon Pike, commented: “Achieving these certifications for our Quality Management System highlights Liberty Powder Metals’ commitment, dedication and systematic approach to delivering best-in-class metal powders to support our advanced manufacturing customers.”

Commercial and business development manager, Dermot Desmond, added: “These certifications confirm the quality of our world-class manufacturing processes and demonstrate our commitment to high quality working practices. Achieving this against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic is testament to the dedication of all our staff and partners, enabling the business to push forward and start operating at full capacity.”

Liberty Powder Metals, which is part of sustainable industry leader GFG Alliance’s Liberty Steel Group, uses a vacuum induction argon gas atomiser to produce minute spherical powder particles. The atomiser possesses an anti-satellite facility to increase productivity.

In addition to producing steel and nickel superalloys, Liberty Powder Metals is now using its first-class sieving, blending and optimisation facilities to process and supply aluminium and titanium powders to customers.

Liberty Steel Group www.libertysteelgroup.com

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