From Concept to Cost Effective Parts
Story: How Our Laboratories Assure Quality
And Save You Time And Money
Both CompactAlloyTM (P/M) and InjectAlloy® (MIM) production begin with powders that
can include iron, stainless steel, nickel, molybdenum, copper, graphite and a wide
range of other specialized materials, including binders and lubricants.
When we custom-mix these quality ingredients, we're starting them on a
complex and precisely defined path. The result will be alloys that meet the most
exacting specified performance requirements and the highest quality standards.
Assuring quality and
meeting challenging specifications demand intensive experimentation and
evaluation. We've chosen not to trust those vital operations to outside
laboratories. Instead, we've invested in the highest-caliber mechanical and
electronic testing equipment. We have the hardness and strength testing tools
you would expect. But you might be surprised by our complete magnetic testing
capabilities, our energy-dispersive/wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectrometers,
our scanning electron microscope, and much more. Our complete, on-site laboratory
resources let us test and analyze materials in every way necessary, down to the
But even more important is our expert staff.
When you work with us, you'll be working with men and women who have both the
educational credentials and
in-depth real world problem-solving experience to assure the absolute best
Our scientific capability
is completely devoted to our powder metal and MIM technologies - focused in a
way few outside laboratories could be. That focus has developed and sustained a
rare level of expertise. It has enabled us to find new alloys and other
inventive solutions for our customers. In short, we offer you a powerful
scientific resource dedicated to improving quality and performance while
Quality Every Step of the Way
For both P/M and MIM part production, quality begins with
raw powder materials. We buy the best, produced primarily in the United States,
but also from companies with advanced capabilities in Sweden, Germany, and
Japan. We've developed very close relationships with our suppliers -
relationships that help us specify and purchase only the materials we know will
produce the best results.
Using those quality raw materials, we do 100% of our
own powder blending. And we make 100% of our own feedstock for MIM production.
We test and save samples from every batch, carefully recording results.
Those samples are saved for a minimum of three years, so that we can
always perform further analysis at any time and
for any reason. We can always be certain of our raw materials, blends and
feedstock. That's one of the key reasons you can be sure of the finished
The attention to detail
and precise quality control permeates every step of our manufacturing process.
So do continuous testing and meticulous record keeping. These procedures track
and verify every phase of our precision manufacturing. And of course, we
scrutinize and test finished parts, working closely with our customers to be
sure of absolute satisfaction.
Whether you're ordering the simplest part or the part others may have described
as "impossible" - you'll find that we know how to assure the quality
you're looking for.
Unique Production Equipment Assures Quality and High Capacity
We have a large variety of powder metal presses and computer-controlled injection
molding machines, all built to our specifications. That gives exceptional range in the
types of parts we can produce. But it's our exclusive, custom-built
sintering furnaces that really set us apart. Sintering is the most crucial element in
both powder metal and MIM production.
Our furnaces feature up to 11 precisely controlled temperature zones.
And we have furnaces especially built to optimize results for both powder
MIM production. Most powder metal and MIM parts producers use
belt-fed or batch furnaces. Belt-fed furnaces limit temperatures and,
therefore, the available performance properties. Batch furnaces are usually
output-limited. Our pusher furnaces mean we offer you both the superior
performance characteristics of high-temperature sintering and high production
We're a major producer of powder metal parts.
We're among the biggest MIM manufacturers too--in fact, we're one of the
world's biggest users of carbonyl iron powder for MIM part manufacturing. Our
unique production resources mean we can meet both your quantity needs and your production