MPIF Award recognizes outstanding powder metallurgy parts.

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Capstan Atlantic won Award of Distinction in Hardware/Appliances category for high-density transfixed pinion gear and sector used in high-volume printing application. Winners of 2010 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards, sponsored by MPIF, were announced at PowderMet2010, International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials. Powder metallurgy is automated metalworking process that forms metal powders into precision components.



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Outstanding Powder Metallurgy Parts Acknowledged



Capstan Atlantic, Wrentham, Massachusetts, won an Award of Distinction in the Hardware/Appliances category for a high-density transfixed pinion gear and sector used in a high-volume printing application. Formed to a density of 7.3 g/cm3, the parts have a 195,000 psi tensile strength, 185,000 yield strength, and a 75,000 psi fatigue limit. The pinion gear, which meets the AGMA Q9 precision level, is selectively roll-densified and crowned for bending-fatigue resistance and rolling-contact-fatigue resistance. Both parts are hardened for wear resistance. Capstan's proprietary high-strength powder metallurgy (PM) process and gear-crowning design provided parts with twice the "in-service" life of those made via the previous manufacturing process and eliminated field failures due to tooth breakage experienced by those previous components.

Winners of the 2010 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 PowderMet2010, 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.

For further details contact James Dale at MPIF (609-452-7700 / jdale@mpif.org).

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