Powder Metallurgy Parts were acknowledged for excellence.July 26, 2012 -
Winners of 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, sponsored by Metal Powder Industries Federation, were announced at PowderMet2012. Grand prize in electrical /electronic components category was won by Capstan California Inc., and its customer Reliable Security Group Inc., for soft magnetic PM alloy coil housing used in magnetic door closer for emergency/fire protection applications. Winning parts show how customers worldwide are utilizing PM's design advantages.
Outstanding Powder Metallurgy Parts Acknowledged
Metal Powder Industries Federation
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Press release date: July 1, 2012
The grand prize in the electrical /electronic components category was won by Capstan California Inc., Carson, Calif., and its customer Reliable Security Group Inc., Signal Hill, Calif., for a soft magnetic PM alloy coil housing used in a magnetic door closer for emergency/fire protection applications. Formed as a single shape to a density of 6.8 to 6.9 g/cm3, the new PM design replaced a three-piece assembly. Critical design features include the locations of drafts, radii, and chamfers, as well as redefining tolerances for a near-net shape part. Secondary operations include resin impregnation and zinc plating. The one-piece design provided a 21.5% cost savings over the previous assembly.
Winners of the 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (an international trade association for the metal powder producing and consuming industries), were announced at PowderMet2012, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials. Receiving grand prizes and awards of distinction, the winning parts are outstanding examples of PM's precision, performance, complexity, economy, innovation, and sustainability. The winning parts show how customers from around the world are taking advantage of PM's remarkable design advantages.
PM is an automated metalworking process that forms metal powders into precision components used in applications such as auto engines and transmissions, hardware, industrial machinery, sporting goods, defense, and firearms. More than 800 million pounds of PM parts are made annually in North America.