Hardware and Appliance Case Studies

Everyday household appliances and hardware use powder metallurgy (PM) in everything from simple to complex components and assemblies. You’ll find PM in washing machines, lighting control systems, locks, and inside many other common appliances.

The hardware and appliance case studies below are a small sampling of award-winning parts submitted to the Metal Powder Industries Federation’s annual Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition.

Planetary Gearset for Lighting-Control System

Planetary Gearset for Lighting-Control System

The planetary gearset for lighting-control systems is composed of five conventional powder metallurgy components. The parts…

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Rack Pinion and Bushing Assembly

Rack Pinion and Bushing Assembly

This is an assembly consisting of rack, pinion, and bushing used in a patented pergola louver system that allows the pergola to convert to a water-tight shelter. The sinter-hardened steel rack and five-level pinion…

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PM Rack

PM Rack

This powder metallurgy (PM) component is a complex seven-level rack used in an industrial washing machine. The rack, along with the mating gear, is what agitates the drum in the washing machine. Made to a density of 6.8 g/cm³…

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Inside Hub Adapter

Inside Hub Adapter

This component is an inside hub adapter used in modern, high-end electronic commercial and residential door-lock systems including the latest touch-screen devices. These systems are typically used…

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Claw Pole Motor Core Stators

Claw Pole Motor Core Stators

Claw pole motor core stators are used to generate a magnetic flux that interacts with a rotor and permanent magnets to produce torque in a high-efficiency…

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Front and Rear Keepers for Electric Lock

Front & Rear Keepers for Electric Lock

Two MIM 17-4 PH stainless steel parts—front and rear keepers that go into industrial electrical locks.

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