HANNOVER MESSE 2020, 20 - 24 April
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Safe powder handling for additive manufacturing in mass scale

How vacuum conveying can contribute to minimize exposure of employees to particulate matter

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German, English

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Additive Manufacturing


Additive Manufacturing

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While additive manufacturing sets standards in the realization of products, many process steps are still manual. This includes the loading of the production equipment with the corresponding plastic or metal powder. An ergonomic workplace design is needed to prevent back pain from employees handling the weight of the containers as well as exposure to the particulate matter itself. Looking at the growing use of additive manufacturing in the automotive industry, handling metal powder becomes more and more common but poses particular challenges, starting with the high bulk density via explosion safe set-ups that conform to ATEX regulations to conveying under inert gas atmosphere. This presentation will focus on the challenges of handling metal powder in additive manufacturing processes and how vacuum conveying in a closed system can contribute to ensure a healthy, flexible and efficient processes of bringing the right quantity of powder to each production station.


  Johannes Krumme

Johannes Krumme

Sales Manager DACH Vacuum Conveying and Ergonomic Handling, HBV, Piab Vakuum GmbH

As Head of the German Sales Division for Vacuum Conveying and Ergonomic Handling , Johannes Krumme has more than 25 years of extensive experience in mechanical engineering, production and vacuum technology. ...

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