By leveraging the advantages of powdered metallurgy, at Volunteer Sintered Products, Inc. we recently helped one of our clients measurably improve the pace of their assembly operations. The powdered metal process is well suited for complex components requiring close tolerances and excellent finishes. In addition, processes efficiencies can be found by combining previously separate parts into a single piece to eliminate downstream joining and assembly steps.
With our prominent reputation in the field of powdered metallurgy, the purchasing manager at a leading firearms manufacturer requested that we review the print and submit a quote on the component shown here. They were currently machining the component in-house from bar stock. The part was also causing difficulty on the assembly line, which was negatively impacting their daily production rates.
We immediately determined that this part’s small, three-dimensional shape made it an ideal candidate for sintered powdered metal processing. After the purchasing manager received our bid, they invited us to their facility for a review of the manufacturing process, print tolerances, and fit and functionality of our design. Our process involved compacting a pre-alloyed steel powder in a precision die, assembly of the compacted workpieces, and sintering to produce the desired strength, density, and dimensional stability. We also specified finish grinding to achieve the exact dimensional tolerances.
By converting this previously machined part to powder metallurgy, this firearm manufacturer realized a 70% cost savings. They were able to remove six workstations from the production line and improve their daily production rate considerably.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of converting to powder metallurgy, contact us today.
Firearm Component Highlights
- Project Name & Description
- Firearm Component
- Capabilities Applied/Processes
- Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
- Sintering Furnaces
- 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