Material Substitution for Stainless Steel Leads to Substantial Cost Savings Flange for Automotive Application in Engine Compartment
Finished Sintered Part Cost Less Than Stainless Material Cost
Customer had experience with plated copper-infiltrated connector lugs that required brazing tubes into the parts to move fluids within the engine compartment.
We worked with the customer to develop a flange that would meet the OEM specifications with a copper-infiltrated, plated part which would receive one or two stainless steel tubes brazed into the assembly.
The flanges would be mounted to an aluminum engine block and carry fluids to and from the radiator and the heater.
The total cost of the part delivered to the tier one supplier to the OEM prior to plating is less than the cost of the stainless steel powder alone – with no processing.
The flanges have been in production for three years with excellent quality performance and a significant savings to the OEM.