Celebrating IATF certification are, from left to right, Richard Smochek, Quality Manager;
Chris Sconzo, Plant Manager; Laura Bergman, QMS Administrator; Jude Pfingstler, President.
DuBOIS, PA – Atlas Pressed Metals' audit and submission of a quality management system, compliant to International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949:2016, has been audited and recently approved by quality system registrar SRI of Pittsburgh. The IATF standard replaces ISO/TS 16949, global standards, which outline uniform acceptable quality requirements for suppliers to the automotive industry. The new IATF standard was published in October, 2016, and suppliers must become compliant by Sept. 14, 2018; Atlas received its IATF certificate of compliance on Nov. 30.
"The majority of top automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and most Tier 1 suppliers to OEMs will only source from suppliers with these standards. We set an objective to become registered early in the transitionary period," said Atlas Pressed Metals president Jude Pfingstler. "We are proud to meet that goal. I commend our quality department, with support from our manufacturing team, for taking this on early."
The new standard has a heavier emphasis on risk management and continuous improvement objectives using the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach. Further continuous improvement plans must be evident relative to defect prevention, reduction of variation and waste. Atlas Pressed Metals, founded in 1976, is a family-owned manufacturer of powdered or sintered metal components serving the automotive, appliance, lawn and garden, small motor, hand tools, industrial, recreational vehicle and business machines markets.
DuBOIS, PA – Marty Timm of St. Marys recently joined the staff of Atlas Pressed Metals as Manufacturing Manager.
Timm has more than 15 years of manufacturing experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. More recent roles within the powder metal industry include operations manager, product engineer and sales engineer. Timm brings skills in management, engineering, new product development and kaizen for cost savings and manufacturing efficiency to his new role at Atlas.
“Marty had worked with us at Atlas in the earlier years of his career, and we feel lucky to have him back,” said Jude Pfingstler, Atlas Pressed Metals president. “This is a new position with responsibilities involving the day-to-day manufacturing needs and challenges, from material to equipment to labor. It is a great fit for Marty’s experience.”
When he’s not at Atlas, Marty enjoys spending time outdoors as well as his time with friends and family, in particular his wife, Kelly, step-son, Gavin, and 2-year-old son, Kaysen.
“I’m excited to be back working with the team at Atlas. As the business has grown over the past 10 years, the close-knit, friendly, family oriented culture still remains. I look forward to working with the team and look forward to the bright and exciting future,” Timm said.
DuBOIS, PA – Mike Murray, Regional Sales Manager at Atlas Pressed Metals, recently became certified as a Powder Metallurgy Technologist (PMT) by APMI International (APMI). Atlas Pressed Metals is a family-owned manufacturer of sintered metal bushings, bearings, gears and structural components located in DuBois, Pa., with 90 employees.
Founded in 1959 as the American Powder Metallurgy Institute, APMI and its members seek to advance both innovation and awareness of the powder metal industry through publications, education and collaboration among members, according to the APMI website. The PMT certification program was created by APMI to recognize individuals’ broad knowledge base within the industry, encompassing powder metallurgy and particulate materials.
Murray, who has been with Atlas for 15 years, passed the PMT Level I proficiency based on completion of a written exam and his longevity in the industry. Continuing education is a requirement to keep the accreditation current.
Prior to his position in sales, Murray worked on Atlas’ estimating team, spending the majority of his time working with experienced peers as they developed pricing based on costs in processing, materials and design. In this role, he worked closely with the engineering and quality departments.
“I give a lot of credit to my colleagues, especially the Pfingstler family members, for sharing their industry knowledge and insight with me over the last 15 years,” Murray said. “In our industry, learning is never ending, and we are fortunate enough to have valuable resources in our team members for hands-on education. The Pfingstler family is also a big supporter of continuing education and personal and professional development.”
Murray, who holds a Business Administration degree from Penn State University, said he hopes others in the industry, including his peers at Atlas, will take on the challenge presented by the PMT certifications.
Murray is a member of the DuBois Volunteer Fire Department, a past member of the DuBois Civil Service Board, and past chairman and current member of the DuBois Watershed Committee. He and his wife, Laura, live in Reynoldsville with their daughter, Madison.
According to the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) Standard 35, sinter hardening is quench hardening during the cooling cycle of the sintering furnace. Accelerated cooling is applied to thepart to achieve a microstructure optimized for strength and improved tolerancing capabilities. While conventional sintering requires regulation of time, temperature and atmosphere within the sintering furnace, sinter hardening further requires careful regulation of the cooling curve to yield the desired physical and mechanical properties...
DuBOIS - Atlas Pressed Metals recently added three engineers onto its staff to support the company’s growth.
Ron London joined the Atlas Pressed Metals team in September 2016 as a Manufacturing Engineer, continuing a long career within the PM industry. His passion for manufacturing comes from his childhood where at the age of 12 he began building and flying radio controlled aircraft. He soon started designing his own airplanes and went onto win several awards locally and internationally in various competitions.
London began his powdered metal career 22 years ago when he started out as a machine operator and went onto learn the skills of die setting. He also gained experience designing tools and feeding systems over the next nine years before becoming a Manufacturing Engineer.
At Atlas, London is responsible for supervising the sizing and sorting departments, as well as managing daily manufacturing and material flow through the plant. He is also involved in continuous improvement projects, design and implementation of automation improvements, and further functions as a liaison between all departments to streamline and document feedback during the production process.
London says that his extensive experience in the powdered metal industry and his skills acquired during those years prepared him for his role at Atlas.
He enjoys being part of the Atlas Pressed Metals team saying, “I really like the family oriented environment here at Atlas.”
Andy Wright is from St. Marys, Pa., and joined Atlas Pressed Metals in May 2017. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, spending his summers working as a metallurgical lab intern at an area powdered metal manufacturing facility. In April 2009, he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Pitt.
Wright has had several roles in the powdered metal industry, and he applies his eight years of engineering experience to his new job at Atlas. As a process engineer, Wright is responsible for developing and establishing part-specific material handling protocol, including selection of proper equipment and automation. This ensures that new products are properly supported throughout the manufacturing process, from launch to full production.
Wright says that he enjoys his job and coworkers, and he looks forward to being a valued team member at Atlas Pressed Metals.
“I see Atlas as being a dynamic company that values input from all team members. By leveraging the experience and expertise of team members of all backgrounds we will continue to grow and improve, allowing us to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations,” Wright said.
Logan Shirey has been part of the Atlas team since 2015, initially joining the company as an engineering intern from Penn State University. During his internship, Shirey assisted the senior metallurgist in the materials laboratory. He has been mentioned in a previous Atlas Pressed Metals article about the project he worked on during his internship.
In June 2016, Shirey became a fulltime employee of Atlas as a process engineer, graduating from Penn State in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering: Applied Materials. Shirey has since transitioned to Atlas’ automation division to assist with process efficiencies and material handling, as well as providing engineering design support. He also manages and maintains the company’s 3D printers used to support Atlas’ quoting, estimating and engineering efforts and is still involved in the materials lab, working on materials-based projects or VA/VE process improvement projects.
“One of the things that I like most about my job is that I get to do a lot of different things which keeps it exciting,” he said.
Shirey says that he enjoys working at Atlas, and likes that it is a growing company that welcomes new challenges and finds new, innovative solutions to those challenges.
“I like the community involvement. For example, we have a Kids Day where employees can bring in their families and let them see how we are using technology to assist our manufacturing process. I think it’s awesome that we can expose the kids to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math),” he said.