Tony Pelke, general manager of Phillips-Medisize in Menomonie, accepted a grand prize in the Automotive Engine Category of the 2017 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition. He accepted the award for his company at the POWDERMET2017 conference in Las Vegas, Nev.
The award was given for a four-slot fuel valve seat. The metal injection molded (MIM) part goes into the Multec3.5 compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel injector that satisfies the market’s need for a low-cost, low-pressure port fuel injector. It is currently used by several small-engine and automotive applications, including aftermarket CNG conversions for trucks and cars, helping contribute to a reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions.
MIM is one of the powder metallurgy-based technologies, that forms metal powders into precision components used in applications such as auto engines and transmissions, hardware, industrial machinery, sporting goods, defense, and firearms.