Engineering

Our overall goal of being best in class continues to drive our technical personnel to develop new manufacturing techniques, product applications, and materials.

MPP is an industry leader in the manufacturing technologies associated with the powder metallurgy process. MPP’s lean manufacturing operations include the extensive use of cell manufacturing and continuous flow manufacturing. Our overall goal of being best in class continues to drive our technical personnel to develop new manufacturing techniques, product applications, and materials.

Digital systems are a key component in all areas of MPP ranging from computer, numerically controlled manufacturing equipment to real-time production and quality control reporting, production control, and our customer interface. From our computer-controlled, multi-function presses and specially designed sintering furnaces to our secondary operations facilities and innovative processes such as powder metallurgy joining techniques, we have aggressively invested in equipment and programs to increase productivity, improve quality, and maximize employee safety.

MPP takes pride in implementing the latest engineering technologies and to deliver cutting-edge solutions for our customers. By understanding each customer’s unique application needs, we work with our partners to design parts that maximize results.

Conversioneering®

Conversioneering® works equally well on new product development or reducing costs of existing components. The MPP team, consisting of experienced Metallurgists, Tool Designers, Process Engineers, and Quality experts, has developed this proven process for engineering precision components using powder metallurgy (pm) or Metal Injection Molding (MIM).

How have we helped our clients?

Sprocket Design

MPP developed a method to mold sprocket teeth in the center of the hub. The new method enabled design flexibility for tooth placement on the hub and eliminated a machining step after sintering.

Compressor Plate

MPP developed a unique three-piece design for fluid power application. This innovative design utilized powder metal’s net shape capabilities as follows:

  • Assembled three parts that were sinter brazed to a final single piece product
  • Eliminated complex machining of the final part
  • Performed flawlessly in the compressor application.

The original plate that was replaced by the powder metal component was a four-piece stamping, which was heavily machined, brazed, and ground.

Cam Assembly

MPP designed this cam assembly for small gas engines. The component is produced from two parts that are molded separately and then sinter-bonded in the sintering furnace. MPP’s design concept ability to produce the cam profile eliminated the requirements for significant machining of wrought materials.

Corrosion Resistant Material

MPP developed a stainless steel material for pump and appliance units that required corrosion resistance components from materials that were not available at the time of the design.

High wear steel

MPP developed a process for high-density, high-wear parts required for a critical driveline high torque component.

Magnetic Assembly

MPP developed an assembly of magnetic and non-magnetic components for a critical automotive powertrain application. The PM assembly replaced a stamping and forging process and improved the actuator performance for increased MPG.

High Strength Aluminum

MPP developed a unique aluminum powder with high strength and ductility equivalent to a sintered low carbon steel. An industrial application enabled a customer to replace a die cast hub with MPP’s PM aluminum hub, which not only improved strength but eliminated a significant amount of machining. Other applications include an automotive customer who was able to meet demanding new powertrain design requirements that were not possible with other technologies.

High Wear Aluminum

MPP developed a unique, high wear aluminum material to enable design of powertrain components for new automotive engine. This material outperformed die casting, which was unable to meet the stringent wear specifications required for the customer’s product.

Magnetic Insulator

MPP provided a near net shape aluminum PM component to replace a heavily machined wrought stainless steel ring. MPP’s upgraded product reduced weight and supplied a more economical finished product.

Hand Tool

MPP’s engineering group provided the innovative design for this hand tool used for a plumbing application to remove and reinstall the trim on bathtubs. The tool reduces installation time by over 50%. Five of the six components in this assembly are powder metal. MPP also developed a proprietary material for wear and corrosion resistance.

Non-Destructive Testing

MPP developed customized non-destructive testing systems for automated, high-volume production lines. Quality inspection improved and throughput increased.

Engineering Links and Resources

Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) Pick PMTM
www.pickpm.com
Global Powder Metallurgy Property Database
www.pmdatabase.com
Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF)
www.mpif.org
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
www.sae.org
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
www.astm.org
ASM International – The Materials Information Society
www.asm-intl.org
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
www.asme.org
American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA)
www.agma.org
Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Powder Metallurgy Research Center (PMRC)
www.wpi.edu/Academics/Research/PMRC
Videos from MPIF
Powder Metallurgy Touches Your Life, Part 1
Powder Metallurgy Touches Your Life, Part 2

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