In the hands of experienced professionals, powder metallurgy is a technically advanced process for manufacturing highly sophisticated net-shape components. The demand for powdered metal parts in the automotive industry has steadily increased, and at Volunteer Sintered Products, Inc., we maintain a leadership position in this market. Our pioneering methods allow us to cost-effectively produce close tolerance parts that exhibit an elevated level of quality and precision.
This is one example of how we helped one of our automotive industry clients. The specification for this automotive bushing called for close dimensional tolerances of ±.0004”. The company’s current vendor was using an intensive O.D. grinding process to achieve this exacting level of precision. In an effort to control manufacturing costs, the client approached us to learn what alternatives we could offer that would be a benefit in terms of both quality and cost.
Our design engineers examined the specifications and then developed an alternative strategy for producing a better quality product at a significantly reduced cost. By redesigning the tooling and using our expertise in all aspects of powdered metal processing, we produced near-net shape parts that required very little secondary grinding. Material of construction was pre-alloyed steel powder, and our high-tech compacting presses allowed us to keep tight control over factors such as ram speed, stroke length, and dwell times to produce parts with consistent quality.
Manufactured to SAE standards, the bushings were approximately 50% less costly to produce using our innovative tooling design and manufacturing methods. If you are interested in learning more about how our powdered metal capabilities can benefit your next project, contact us today.
Automotive Bushing Highlights
- Project Name & Description
- Automotive Bushing
- Capabilities Applied/Processes
- Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
- Compacting Presses
- Material Finish
- Pre-Alloyed Steels
- Industry for Use
- Standards Met
- ISO 9001:2008 Certified
International Organization for Standardization
MPIF - Metal Powder Industries Federation
APMI - American Powder Metal Institute
ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials
AISI - American Iron and Steel Institute
SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers