Is powder metal the right choice for your existing metal parts? A new "conversion kit" from GKN Sinter Metals (Auburn Hills, MI) can help you find out. These free kits contain information on the design criteria that determine whether a part might be successfully converted to powder metal. Also in the kit is a simple form for describing the part's dimensions, material specifications, critical tolerance characteristics, operating environment, and current manufacturing process. And it lastly contains pre-paid Airborne Express packaging to send the conversion form and sample parts back to GKN's engineering department for evaluation. GKN will provide a 15-business-day turnaround for feedback on the submitted components. Engineers can request a conversion kit online at www.sinter.gknplc.com.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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