MPIF announces winners of
2017 PM Design Excellence Awards
Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), Princeton, N.J., has
announced the winners in the
2017 Powder Metallurgy (PM)
Design Excellence Awards competition. These component fabricators were recognized for using PM’s flexibility to
push forward new concepts and process controls and
demonstrate PM’s capabilities in component design.
The grand prize winners in each category are:
Automotive-Transmission: GKN Sinter Metals,
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Automotive-Chassis: GKN Sinter Metals,
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Aerospace/Military: Dynacast Portland,
Hand Tools/Recreation: FMS Corp., Minneapolis
Hardware/Appliance: Indo-MIM Pvt. Ltd.,
Medical/Dental: ARC Group Worldwide,
Industrial Motors/Controls & Hydraulics: FMS Corp.
The winners of awards of distinction in each
Automotive-Transmission: Stackpole Intl.,
Ancaster, Ont.; Keystone Powdered Metal Co.,
St. Marys, Pa.; and Burgess-Norton Mfg. Co. Inc.,
Automotive-Engine: NetShape Technologies,
Floyds Knobs, Ind.
Automotive-Chassis: Indo-MIM Pvt. Ltd.,
Lawn & Garden/Off-Highway: FMS Corp., Minneapolis
Aerospace/Military: ARC Group Worldwide,
Hand Tools/Recreation: Indo-MIM Pvt. Ltd.,
Hardware/Appliance: ASCO Sintering Co.,
Industrial Motors/Controls & Hydraulics: Capstan,
JSW Steel (USA) plans
to modernize plate mill in Texas
JSW Steel (USA), Baytown, Texas, has announced plans
to launch a full-scale modernization project expected
to take about 20 months to complete. The company
expects the discrete plate mill project, awarded to Dan-ieli, to increase product offerings and improve quality.
The plate mill modernization is the first phase of a
larger project under consideration. The second phase
includes the construction of a new melting and casting
facility at an undetermined U.S. location.
Samuel Pressure Vessel Group
invests in new capabilities
Samuel Pressure Vessel Group, a manufacturer and
distributor of pressure vessels, has invested in new
equipment and plant upgrades as part of an ongoing
improvement initiative at its Marinette, Wis., and Lebanon, Va., facilities.
The pressure vessel fabricator recently added a new
30- by 8-ft. plasma table with 5-axis beveling head
capable of burning up to 96-in.-dia. shells. The table
features traverse speeds of 2,100 IPM, can pierce-cut
2-in.-thick carbon steel and 13/4-in. stainless steel, and
edge-cut up to 3-in. carbon steel plate. An identical
table was expected to be installed at the Lebanon, Va.,
plant in August.
“Our new plasma table is far more capable than the
old one. We can now perform as many processes as we
need to internally, especially beveling,” stated Nathan
Burdue, first-shift plasma operator.
In addition to the equipment upgrades, a 5,000-sq.-
ft. section of the Marinette facility has been adapted for
stainless steel fabrication. Modifications include isolation of the area and installation of a Hydro-Test station,
hard piping for a weld gas system specifically designed
for stainless steel, air filter mask system for all welders,
accommodations for potable water and discharge, and
a 5,000-lb. lifting capacity throughout the department.
Former owner celebrates
50 years at Eberl Iron Works
Frank Eberl, who became an official full-time employee at Eberl Iron Works in
June 1967, recently celebrated his 50th
anniversary with the company, a Buffalo,
N.Y.-based manufacturer and distributor
that offers custom metal fabrication and
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Canisius College in May 1967, Eberl learned
nearly every facet of his family’s business firsthand. He
started out as a saw operator and shear helper, progressed to material handler, and then to counter service for walk-in customers. By 1970 he was in charge of
house accounts, transporting samples in his first company car. In 1982 he and his brother George became
second-generation owners of Eberl Iron Works.
While working full time, he earned a master’s degree in education and an MBA from Canisius College.
Together with George, Frank led Eberl Iron Works
through significant growth during the late 20th and
early 21st centuries. In addition to Systems Installation, the Traffic Safety Products and Rooftop Support
Systems divisions were established.
The family’s third generation assumed ownership
in January 2012, when George’s son John C. Eberl
became CEO and Frank’s daughter Nora E. Eberl was