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Amsted Automotive Group’s Burgess-Norton Wins the 2022 Award of Distinction

2022 Award of Distinction

Amsted Automotive Group’s, Burgess-Norton business unit won the 2022 Award of Distinction for Automotive Transmission.

Amsted Automotive Group’s winning streak continues in 2022. Its Burgess-Norton business unit won the Award of Distinction for Automotive Transmission during the 58th Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards competition held in June at the PowderMet2022 in Portland. The international conference for powder metallurgy and metal additive manufacturing is sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF).

The award for Outstanding Application of Powder Metallurgy was for the driven and drive sprockets, pressure plate and sector gear used in BorgWarner production all-wheel-drive transfer cases. The Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards judges on three key technologies: conventional powder metallurgy, metal injection molding and metal additive manufacturing. Categories include automotive (engine, transmission and chassis), aerospace/military/firearms, and lawn and garden/off-highway. To qualify for the competition, fabricators who are MPIF members must submit components that epitomize the possibilities inherent in this metal-forming technology, which are then judged by a panel of industry judges.

In addition to winning the Award of Distinction for Automotive Transmission, Burgess-Norton was invited to speak during this year’s event. Jeff Prout, VP Product Technology; George Coppens, CAE Manager; and Xin Yin, R&D Engineer from the Powder Metallurgy business unit presented on the topics of Powder Metallurgy and the Mechanical Diode Clutch in Automatic Transmissions, Powder Metallurgy Clutching Applications in Electrified Propulsion Systems, and Confronting the Challenges of Predicting Powder Metallurgy Performance in Powertrain Applications.

Burgess-Norton has a long history of excelling in powder metal innovation and manufacturing. This year’s award makes 24 times that it has been honored with an MPIF award, and 16 times that it has won the Award of Distinction.

Year  Award                Category                           Part Description
2022Award of Distinction     Automotive Transmission             Drive & Driven Sprockets
2017Award of Distinction     Automotive Transmission         Reverse Pocket Plate
2013Award of Distinction     Automotive Transmission           Ramp Plate
2011Award of Distinction     Hardware/Appliances               Crimp Retainer
2010Award of Distinction     Hand Tools/Recreation             Motorcycle Drive Sprocket
2008Grand Prize                 Automotive Transmission       Notch/Backing & Pocket Plates
2007Award of Distinction     Lawn & Garden/Off-Highway     Actuator Arms
2006Grand Prize                 Lawn & Garden/Off-Highway     Pulley & Drum
2005Grand Prize                 Innovative Functional Assembly   Steering system axle assembly
1999Award of Distinction     Ferrous                                         Coupler assembly
1992Award of Distinction     Ferrous                                       Hydraulic pump displacement cam
1989Award of Distinction     Ferrous                                       Sprocket assembly
1986Award of Distinction     Ferrous                                         Sector gear
1983Award of Distinction     Ferrous                                         Reaction block
1982Grand Prize                   Ferrous                                     Manifold
1981Award of Distinction       Ferrous                                       Bevel spur gear
1977Grand Prize                   Ferrous                                     Truck differential cam plate
1975Award of Distinction       Ferrous                                       Hydraulic motor parts assembly
1974Award of Distinction       Ferrous                                       Nickel steel PM gear assembly
1973Award of Distinction       Ferrous                                       4-wheel drive nickel steel parts
1971Grand Prize                   Ferrous                                     Nickel-steel trans. drive gear
1968Grand Prize                 Ferrous                                     Hi-torque, low-speed, hydraulic motor parts
1967Award of Distinction     Ferrous                                       3-speed transmission for garden equipment
1965Grand Prize                 Spur gear differential

Burgess-Norton built its core business around powertrains and propulsion systems. It is the leading producer of powder metal products, having produced millions of units for all types of internal combustion engines for many leading global customers in the automotive and truck markets. The company has been at the forefront of powder metal technology for more than 65 years.

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