GKN Sinter Metals recognized for Design Excellence with two MPIF awards

6/27/2017 10:00 AM
Powder Metallurgy

GKN Sinter Metals has received two Grand Prize Design Excellence Awards from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). The awards were in the Automotive Transmission category and the Automotive Chassis category.

The MPIF Design Excellence Awards recognize companies who use the flexibility of Powder Metallurgy (PM) materials to push new designs and concepts into a progressive industry. GKN accepted the awards at the annual PowderMet Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the Automotive Transmission category, GKN Sinter Metals’ planetary carrier assembly for Ford Motor Company’s 10-speed transmission won the Grand Prize. The sinter-brazed copper-steel assembly is comprised of a cage and a flanged hub, and features a novel twist-lock geometry as a bearing retainer.

The twist-lock retainer allows the flanged hub to only require a simple turning operation for functionality. The technology’s design reduced the stress by over 50 percent, resulting in a PM product that outperforms in a competitive process and cost.

GKN’s copper-steel output pulley for Nidec Automotive Motor Americas won the Grand Prize in the Automotive Chassis category. The pulley includes a compacted, net-shape groove for an electric reclining mechanism in a mini-van rear seat application, significantly reducing cost.

The part’s unique groove was designed for PM production, providing full functionality as a net-shaped product. The application required a small footprint design with lightweight parts, resulting in the success of the compacted technology of the output pulley.

MPIF recognized eight products across the industry at the conference for elite awards, and GKN is the only company in 2017 to win two Grand Prize awards. MPIF is an international federation with a mission to advance PM and particulate materials.

“GKN is pleased to receive two awards in 2017 and recognizes MPIF’s role in promoting the PM industry,” said Alan Taylor, Vice President Lightweight Technology, GKN Sinter Metals. “The two winning parts detail the breadth of design opportunities when using PM and provided our customers' exceptional value when compared to other metal working processes.”


About GKN Powder Metallurgy 

GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision automotive components as well as components for industrial and consumer applications. Hoeganaes is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder, the essential raw material for powder metallurgy. GKN Powder Metallurgy is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and more than 7,000 employees. 

About GKN plc 

GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has three divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy, which operate in the aerospace and automotive markets. Over 58,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of £9.4 billion in the year to 31 December 2016.

 GKN receives two MPIF Awards at the PowderMet Conference in Las Vegas


The Output Pulley

The Planetary Carrier Assembly