Panther Metalflow™ is a zinc injection molded assembly process developed by Panther for several of the products we manufacture, as well as other promising applications. With the two largest unique zinc assembly machines in North America, Panther is capable of large zinc assembly shots and can offer larger die cast features that otherwise must be machined.
This method of molding components and details together with a zinc alloy material will be applied and marketed by Panther and will enable numerous new opportunities to our customers for better components and assemblies. The method also lowers costs, resulting in a consumer savings of up to 30 percent.
Panther Global Technologies Metalflow utilizes the best of zinc die casting and precision fixturing to produce strong, net-shape assemblies. Metalflow can replace pressing, welding, gluing, staking and crimping. Components to be assembled are placed in a special zinc die casting tool. The tool closes on the components and molten zinc alloy is injected into the cavity under very high pressure. When the tooling opens, the alloy has joined the components into a strong, net-shape assembly. As molten zinc alloy solidifies it shrinks uniformly approximately 0.007” per inch (.17 mm per 25.4 mm). This creates a very strong bond between the solidified alloy and components placed in the die cast tooling.