ASCO Sintering Wins 2105 Grand Prize from MPIF for Advanced Medical Surgical Device Using Planetary Gear System

Sam Moorman, Sales Engineer, ASCO Sintering, California, USA accepted a Grand Prize Award in the Medical/Dental Category of the 2015 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition.  The MPIF award was given for a sinter-hardened steel planetary gear system, featuring a carrier with an integrated sun gear and three planetary gears. The miniature system is used in a single-use, portable, physician-operated surgical device. The part is an outstanding example of a PM medical application, unique in that it is not made of stainless steel nor fabricated through MIM. This results in  reduced costs without compromising strength or precision and quality control performance of five sigma or greater. The advanced planetary gear mechanism are used in a surgical stapler and production runs are over 250000 parts per year.

Sam accepted the 2105 award at the POWDERMET2015 conference in San Diego, USA. ASCO consistently wins such awards and has won over 35 MPIF Design Excellence Part of the year awards since 1969.

More information on MPIF Design Excellence awards and material specifications on the progressive powder metallurgy solutions offered by ASCO Sintering manufacturing plant located in California, USA is available at

Sam Moorman Telephone is (323) 725-3550 ext 127  and can be contacted via email at or RFQ can be submitted at

About ASCO Sintering Co.

ASCO based in Los Angeles, California, USA specializes in complex custom high quality powdered metal sintering solutions. ASCO uses advanced proprietary planetary gear technology that uses high strength material that results in final cost far below CNC machined or MIM solutions. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified; the parts conform to CE and ATEX standards.

ASCO is privately owned by its employees many of whom are Six Sigma trained and have years of engineering experience. ASCO is an industry leader achieving supplier quality levels greater than five sigma and have won over 35 design excellence part of the year awards since 1969 from MPIF, USA.

Production capabilities and services include tool design, a metallurgical laboratory, resin impregnation, vibratory de-burring, plating, destructive torque, tensile and compressive testing and resonant non-destructive testing. Industries served include medical, aerospace defense, automotive, advanced lock hardware, computer, irrigation, marine, medical, military, and sporting goods.

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