ASCO Sintering Co. wins 2015 Grand Prize from MPIF for Advanced Medical surgical device using planetary gear system.
Sam Moorman, Sales Engineer, ASCO Sintering Co., 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 2015 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.
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