Castolin Eutectic has launched its next-generation gas atomizer program at its plant in Granby, QC. This permits the company to produce high quality thermal spray & PTA coating powders. “The new gas atomizer reflects our ongoing commitment to bring the latest technology to our customers,” says Gordon Roseborough, president and CEO of Eutectic Canada. “We trust this investment will strengthen our leadership in both NAFTA and international markets.” With the evolution of recent technology for plasma transferred arc welding (PTAW), laser-clad coatings and the need to reduce environmental impact when compared to hard chrome plating, the company sees increasing demand for gas-atomized powders. The gas atomizer will enhance development and in-house production of advanced wear solutions. The gas atomizer is now producing quality metal and metal-matrix powders to provide higher cost benefits and longer component life cycles. These powders have perfectly spherical particles that result in high density, porosity-free deposits. The unique alloy properties require minimal heat input and achieve high deposition rates. The alloy range includes self-fluxing alloys in nickel, cobalt and copper, as well as metals and metal alloys to meet ASTM and customer specifications. The gas atomizer has also a special feature to allow high pressure atomization for fine powder production.