Rotary batch blender takes on the competition
To remain competitive in the powdered metal industry, a company installs a rotary batch blender so it can move its metal powder blending operation in-house.
Mi-Tech Metals Inc., Indianapolis, produces tungsten heavy-alloy blanks and machine parts for use in the mining, oil, automotive, aerospace, medical, military, and other industries. The company uses various metal powder blends as the raw materials for making boring bars, grinding quills, counterbalances, gyro rotors, flywheels, and other parts. In the past, the company used small quantities of metal powders blended in-house and large quantities of preblended metal powders purchased from a toll processor. As competition within the industry grew and product demand increased, the company realized that it needed to find a way to bring the metal powder blending operation in-house to remain competitive and continue to meet customer demands.