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JSC “Uralelektromed” increased production of light copper powders

09/02/2021
JSC “Uralelektromed” increased production of light copper powders

During the first seven months of this year, JSC “Uralelektromed” (an enterprise of UMMC metallurgical division) has produced 1,134 tons of PML-0 and PML-2 light powders, which is 10% more than in the same period of the previous year.

According to Alexander Krestyaninov, Acting Chief Engineer, Head of Engineering and Manufacturing Office of JSC “Uralelektromed”, this output growth is due to the increased demand from European and domestic consumers, in particular, automotive and electronics industries.

“This is yet one more confirmation that copper powders of JSC “Uralelektromed” are of high quality and in demand in domestic and foreign markets,” he said.

Intensification of production processes and use of standby equipment (electrolytic cells) made it possible to achieve the output growth. The Tankhouse process equipment on standby was preliminary prepared for commissioning.

The main feature of light powders is low bulk density and high specific surface area. Their branched dendritic shape can be seen under microscopic magnification. It is this shape, which makes light powders more active in chemical processes and facilitates their application on the surface of products, which is exactly what makes them unique.

The principle of the powder production technology is traditional. Electrolysis, which is the first step, is then followed by washing, stabilization, drying and screening. The last step is the determination of physical characteristics of the powder, followed by mixing and packaging of finished products.

It should be noted that JSC “Uralelektromed”, which is the country’s only and one of the world’s biggest producer of copper powders, makes around 30 grades of the electrolytic powder. Russian and foreign enterprises in the powder metallurgy industry, instrumentation and mechanical engineering sector along with aviation and chemical industries are among their key consumers.