FMS Corporation Is Latest Powder Metal Specialist to Join TM&S

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TM&S's new representation deal with FMS Corporation adds sinter-hardened chromium steel to its range of powder metal offerings. The process offers an alternative to 4140 and 8630 heat-treated steel parts, meeting all strength requirements at very low cost.

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FMS Corporation's proprietary chromium steel manufacturing process can work for many industrial applications and is a much less expensive alternative to steel machining.

TM&S, LLC President Derek Rasmussen announced today that the company is now representing FMS Corporation, a powder metal supplier specializing in Press and Sinter and Micro MIM.

FMS’s ability to manufacture parts using chromium steel adds a unique capability to TM&S’s roster of niche powder metal (PM) offerings. Its sinter-hardened chromium steel manufacturing process, which involves warm compaction and high-temperature vacuum sintering, replaces the traditional method of cold pressing, sintering, and heat treating. The process enables FMS to make parts that meet all strength requirements and serve as a very low-cost alternative to 4140 and 8620 heat-treated steel and some forgings. Parts can range in size from a few grams to five pounds.

“FMS has been around since 1945 and has a long history and great in-depth knowledge of powder metal technology,” says Rasmussen. “Its proprietary chromium steel manufacturing process can work for many industrial applications, from power take-offs (PTOs), to electronic mechanical switches, to gears for gear boxes, and is a much less expensive alternative to steel machining. We are happy to add FMS to our roster of powder metal offerings.”

In addition to Press and Sinter PM, FMS manufactures Micro MIM components. This trade secret process produces micro parts with extremely high tolerances and is perfect for stainless steel components.

TM&S, LLC is a trusted resource for custom component designers and manufacturers. It exclusively represents four companies specializing in niche powder metal technologies: ecoMIM of Retsag, Hungary (Metal Injection Molding); element22 of Kiel, Germany (Titanium MIM); FMS Corporation of Minneapolis, Minnesota (Press and Sinter and Micro MIM); and Liquidmetal Technologies of Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Their complementary capabilities allow TM&S to provide the best solution for any component suited to powder metal technology, whether round parts, complex geometric profiles, micro parts with high tolerances, or low-cost Titanium parts.

Note to journalists: Photos of FMS-manufactured components are available upon request.

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