ASCO CELEBRATES 40 + YEARS OF AWARD WINNING INDUSTRY RECOGNITION
Winners of the 2013 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation were announced at PowderMet2013. ASCO Sintering Co. won an award of distinction in the hardware/appliances category for an Inside Hub Adaptor, made for Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies (Schlage), Carmel, IN.
The copper-infiltrated PM steel part is used in modern, high-end electronic commercial and residential door-lock systems including the latest touch-screen devices. The part has seven functional levels that are pressed using three upper punches, two separate shelf levels, and two lower punches, with a proprietary triple upper actuating mechanism used to achieve extensive powder transfers and fill compensation. The adaptor is pressed to net shape with plating as the only secondary operation performed. Properties include 7.7 g/cm3 density, 95,000 psi ultimate tensile strength, 8% elongation, 100 ft-lb unnotched Charpy impact energy, and 90 HRB hardness. Aggressive PM part design yielded 40% savings over alternative fabrication methods.
This Award of Distinction again distinguishes ASCO Sintering as the company with the most design awards in competition history, beginning in 1969, and is another outstanding example of powder metallurgy's precision, performance, complexity, economy, and innovation.