Industry 4.0 is exponentially growing the use of electronics in manufacturing. Powder Metallurgy (PM) and Metal Injection Molded parts are able to be mass produced in a continuous process that can meet the high tolerance electronics application require.
With an increasing demand for sophisticated electronics, PM is seeing a spike in aluminum and titanium powder sales. Designers are starting to switch to PM parts for sensor housings, torque limiters, and high power eMotor stator components.
To see how PM will grow within the automation market it is important to consider robotics, sensors, and actuators. Designers are finding advantages to using the PM process to generate small precise gears, bushings, bearings, and soft magnetic solenoids. So as Industry 4.0 grows, so will the PM automation market.