FOMAS Group is proud to announce that its Mimete plant has started production of metal powders.
The state-of-the-art and customized VIGA (vacuum inert gas atomization) plant has successfully rolled out the first batch of powders.
By reaching this milestone, the Mimete team has officially started its journey in the world of metal powders. The FOMAS Group has entered a new era.
Mimete, located in Biassono (MB) Italy, represents the latest technological evolution of the FOMAS Group.
Read the story from the Mimete team point of view:
On Saturday 9th of March, at 11.30 am, our team was ready for the first atomization. The process was entirely monitored through a sophisticated Advanced Production Management System and no unexpected contingencies occurred.
Through the small window of the atomization tower, we watched metal droplets turning into solid powder thanks to the complex interaction with high pressure argon. Subsequently, the powder was collected in a canister and prepared for all the post processing activities.
The alloy chosen for the first production was 316L and currently production of In625 and F75 is ongoing.
We then proceeded to analyze the powders in our in-house laboratory, which will be accredited EN ISO IEC 17025 in the coming months, while ISO 9001 certification was already obtained in December 2018.
The results were amazing! The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) showed that the powder’s morphology was spherical, homogeneous and the flowability measured fulfilled our targets entirely.
The excitement among the team was very high. Years of work, dedication and passion finally became visible through the first batch of powder. This achievement is the key milestone towards becoming an important player in the world of metal powders.
We are now aware that our team is able to face all the challenges that the evolving world of Metal Powders will bring.
Maria Guzzoni, Mimete Strategy & Special Projects Coordinator said:” We were all very excited to be together for the first atomization. It was not about scoring the best result, but it was more about getting to the end of the cycle – the starting point for future challenges and improvements. We studied a lot and we were well prepared for all scenarios, but we were aware that moving from theory to reality always implies a certain level of uncertainty. We were incredibly moved to finally see the successful results of all the hard work and the commitment we went through last year.“
From vision to reality: determination has brought us here, where will it take us next?