ASCO Sintering Co. wins 2018 Award of Distinction from MPIF for a high density Stainless Steel component for an irrigation assembly.

ASCO Sintering Co. accepted an Award of Distinction in the Lawn & Garden category in this year's MPIF Design Excellence Awards competition.  The award was given for a high-density 316 austenitic stainless steel component for an irrigation assembly.  The part is an example of a Powder Metallurgy (PM) hardware application of high corrosion resistance with a lower cost than a machined or MIM part.

The stainless steel Sprinkler Radius Adjuster was originally considered to be a MIM application.  In working with the end user, ASCO was able to convert this to a PM part that is far more cost effective than MIM technology.  The sintering process provides strength and torque resistance.  Controls at five sigma levels assure that the product conforms to all requirements across the high manufacturing volume.  Making these components as "net shape" without expensive secondary machining operations using PM saves approximately 75% over machining from bar stock.

Sam Moorman, Senior Process Engineer (retired) accepted the Award at the POWDERMET 2018 conference, June 17-20 in San Antonio TX USA.  At ASCO, winning Design Excellence Awards has become almost an annual tradition - beginning in 1969, ASCO has won over 38 such awards.