1st February, 2017: Runcorn, UK: The founder of LPW Technology Ltd, the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders and software solutions for the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry, will have a key role on the Industrial Advisory Board of a £20 million government-backed initiative. MAPP, the EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes, has been created to support UK businesses to exploit the potential of powder based manufacturing routes including metal AM technologies.
“It’s an accolade not only for the company but also for our highly-qualified team, that LPW’s innovation and expertise in the field of metal powders has been recognised with the opportunity to contribute to this project,” comments Dr Phil Carroll, the founder and CEO of LPW.
As a respected industry entrepreneur and leader, Dr Carroll was approached to Chair the Industrial Advisory Board of MAPP, which is led by the University of Sheffield and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). One of eight research hubs exploring and improving new manufacturing techniques, MAPP will focus on supporting the UK’s manufacturing base to capitalise on the opportunities powder processes, including AM, have to offer, translating advancing technologies into practical solutions for industries such as aerospace, energy and biomedical.
Dr Carroll delivered a presentation on LPW’s vison at MAPP’s official launch event at Sheffield University at the end of January,2017. “LPW’s commitment to the research and development of AM solutions from the perspective of the metal powder directly complements MAPP’s vision to deliver new powder-based manufacturing processes that will provide low-energy, low cost and low waste manufacturing routes and products for industry,” says Dr Carroll. “We’re excited to be contributing to a forward-looking project that has the potential to transform our manufacturing base.”
MAPP will work with academic, commercial and innovation partners to drive the research needed to address the challenges limiting the development and uptake of powder-based processes.
Established in 2007, LPW Technology is the market leader in the development, processing and supply of metal powders for additive manufacturing, and provides a comprehensive range of services for the AM industry. These services include the development of new alloys and expert application support. The company has developed a full range of optimised powders specifically for Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and Electron Beam Melting (EBM) with standard powders supplied from stock, and custom and development alloys available on request.
LPW Technology has developed PowderLife®, a unique AM powder lifecycle management system which strictly controls risk for manufacturers, adding confidence, reliability and traceability in metal powder production and repeated AM builds. LPW invests heavily in cutting edge analytical technology and offers a complete powder analysis service.
LPW Technology has its headquarters in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. In June, 2014 the company formally established a US subsidiary LPW Technology Inc. situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, providing analytical services, product inventory and sales support to North and South America.
From these locations the company supplies high quality, certified powders to a global customer base including aerospace, biomedical and automotive industries. In 2015, it opened its German sales office and has a global network of resellers in China, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Turkey.
The company operates to quality control standards: AS 9100 & AS 9120 for aerospace, ISO 9001, and ISO 13485 for medical.
LPW and PowderLife are the registered trademarks of LPW Technology Ltd.
LPW Technology is the proud recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2016.
MAPP: EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes
MAPP’s vision is to deliver on the promise of powder-based manufacturing processes to provide low energy, low cost, and low waste high value manufacturing route and products to secure UK manufacturing productivity and growth. MAPP will deliver on the promise of advanced powder processing technologies through creation of new, connected, intelligent, cyberphysical manufacturing environments to achieve ‘right first time’ product manufacture.
Led by: Professor Iain Todd, University of Sheffield
EPSRC Grant: £10,000,000
Total Contribution from all Project partners: £7,200,000
Academic Partners: University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Leeds.
Industrial partners: GKN, Rolls-Royce, Messier Bugatti Dowty, Johnson Matthey, Weir, Morgan Advanced Ceramics, Element 6, LPW, Eastman, Maher, Seco, Metalysis, Renishaw, Xaar, PSI, Freeman, Zeiss, HVMC, AFRC, AMRC, CPI, MTC, NAMRC and WMG
Source: LPW Technology