Bangalore, Karnataka, India - Indo-US MIM Tec. Pvt. Ltd. (Indo-MIM), a leading global supplier of precision-engineered products using Metal Injection Molding (MIM) has received four MPIF PM Design Excellence Awards at the recently concluded 2014 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials (PM2014) at Orlando, Florida.
Indo-MIM has earned the Grand Prize in the Automotive-Engine Category for four MIM parts-Blank discharge check, Stop discharge check valve, Valve discharge check, and CRV spring seat-that goes into a device which controls fuel flow in Gasoline Direct Injection or GDI and pumps. The design was judged by the fabricator to be perhaps the most complex and high-volume part ever made by MIM. The customer realized cost savings of close to 35%, while the pump performance was improved by modifying the whole geometry to enhance flow dynamics, with the result being a 10-to-20% fuel economy boost.
In the Automotive Chassis category, Indo-MIM received the Award of Distinction for the Spur Gear, which is used in the rear-door assembly of SUVs to enable their opening in the event of loss of automatic control function. Made via MIM and achieving estimated savings of 30% in the process, this gear is an outstanding example of MIM's ability to meet close tolerances on concentricity and perpendicularity on a part with such a lengthy gear profile. The fabricator delivers 720,000 parts annually.
In addition to this, Indo-MIM received the Award of Distinction in the Hardware/Appliances Category for three parts-Output shaft, Lever and Cover-that are assembled into the quick-change mechanism of a Dremel multitool. The mechanism allows for the swapping of any tool bit within seconds.
In the medical/ dental category, Indo-MIM received an Award of Distinction for a Sound tube used in a hearing aid for one of its eminent customer. Fabricated via MIM, the highly complex part achieves all its features in the as-sintered condition, with only glass bead blasting for a better finish performed as a secondary operation. The part provides 20% cost savings over competing forming processes and the fabricator delivers 500,000 parts annually.
After receiving the prestigious award, Jagadish Holla, Vice President (Marketing) says, "Indo-MIM has always claimed to give a platform for innovative thinking and being recognized globally in such a platform proves again and again that sky is the limit for Indo-MIM to showcase their outstanding skills and capabilities."
MPIF's Design Excellence Awards recognize designs emphasizing the improved net shape, precision, innovative fabrication methods, production efficiency, sustainability contributions, and manufacturing cost reduction capable with powder metal technology. Throughout its long and distinguished history, MPIF has been a stalwart champion of this innovative technology helping advance the art and science of Powder Metallurgy while promoting its benefits to prospective end users.
"Winning parts of Indo-MIM in the MPIF awards aptly demonstrate that the technology is carving a niche to demonstrate their best of innovative skills and such recognition is an icing on the cake! Tapping on the huge scale of unprecedented technological portfolio, Indo-MIM today is geared to offer greater flexibility in the mode of business offerings; so that our customers get exactly what they want, when they want it and wherever they want it and at this time- getting applauded for capabilities is something happened at the right time to boost our morale" said Krishna Chivukula Jr., CEO, Indo-MIM
After being recognized by MPIF in 2013 and 2011, this is the third time Indo-MIM has been conferred for their capabilities in such a global platform for their enhanced skills and capacities.
Indo-MIM headquartered in Bangalore, India is a leading global supplier of precision-engineered products using Metal Injection Molding (MIM) as the core manufacturing technology. The MIM process combines the design flexibility of plastic injection molding with the strength and integrity of wrought metals to offer cost effective solutions for highly complex part geometries. The state-of-the-art facilities are fully integrated to provide our customers with a one-stop resource for conceptualizing, designing and manufacturing complex precision components and sub-assemblies and the capability to offer the best of world-class technology at competitive prices, providing a significant advantage to our customers all over the world.
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