Indo-MIM Pvt. Ltd. (Indo-MIM) has received Design Excellence Awards at the 2016 World Congress held between June 5th and 8th, 2016 on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials (POWDERMET2016) at Boston, USA.

The Award of Distinction in the Lawn & Garden/ Off-Highway Category was given toIndo-US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, India, for a MIM-17-4 PH stainless steel diesel leak-off union (Figure 10) made forLombardini, Italy. The part goes into the fuel injection of a line of Kohler diesel engines that are assembled in JCB MIDI and mini excavators, compact wheeled loaders, and Teletruk forklifts. Custom ceramic setters are used in sintering to maintain the straightness of the four tube-like features and the pitch between two center tubes, so critical for assembly. The part is molded close to net shape, needing only a reaming operation to achieve straightness of the long hole. A conversion from a previously used plastic part, whose performance suffered in the tough working environment and load/vibrations in the field, the MIM part delivered savings of around 10% through improved quality.