Fed­eral-Mogul Pow­er­train to sup­ply BS-VI com­pat­i­ble prod­ucts

Auto components India - - CONTENTS - Story by: Bhar­gav TS & Anirudh Ra­heja

Fed­eral-Mogul Pow­er­train, a lead­ing global sup­plier of tech­nolo­gies and com­po­nents in the pas­sen­ger car, light and heavy-duty com­mer­cial and off-high­way ve­hi­cle mar­kets is work­ing on new prod­ucts that will cater to BS- VI emis­sion norms. Fed­eral-Mogul Pow­er­train is cur­rently pro­duc­ing many of the Euro-VI en­gine parts in Europe and for com­pa­ra­ble en­gine stan­dards in North Amer­ica.

In In­dia, these com­po­nents will meet the de­mands of both the pas­sen­ger car as well as heavy­duty ve­hi­cle seg­ments. The com­pany is cur­rently work­ing on bring­ing dura bowl tech­nol­ogy for BS VI emis­sion norms. Fed­er­alMogul Pow­er­train has de­vel­oped a range of pis­ton tech­nolo­gies de­signed to sup­port heavy-duty diesel en­gine man­u­fac­tur­ers in re­duc­ing fuel con­sump­tion and meet­ing the emis­sion re­quire­ments of BS- VI and beyond. Advanced pis­ton ar­chi­tec­tures, man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, ma­te­ri­als, and treat­ments that in­crease dura­bil­ity and re­duce fric­tion have been ap­plied to both steel and alu­minum pis­tons.

Re­cently, the com­pany spokesper­son told Au­toCom­po­nents In­dia, “Fed­er­alMogul has ex­tended the per­for­mance of alu­minum pis­tons by im­proved cool­ing through advanced ar­chi­tec­ture that lo­cates the oil-cooled gallery closer to the crit­i­cally hot re­gion. This has been made pos­si­ble by 2D ul­tra­sonic in­spec­tion tech­niques that en­sure con­sis­tent cast­ing qual­ity in fin­ished pis­ton. The com­bus­tion bowl strength of any diesel pis­ton of­ten lim­its the max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures and pres­sures that can be safely used be­cause fa­tigue crack­ing of the bowl rim and bowl base can oc­cur, orig­i­nat­ing at free sil­i­con par­ti­cles in the alu­minum. Fed­eral-Mogul’s proprietary Du­raBowl process uses a con­trolled re-melt­ing of the bowl rim and/or the bowl base to re­fine the grain size of the sil­i­con to just one tenth of its orig­i­nal size, sig­nif­i­cantly ex­tend­ing the fa­tigue life of a cast pis­ton. We use this tech­nol­ogy glob­ally to for Euro-VI en­gines and now, we are bring­ing it to the In­dian mar­ket.”

Fed­eral-Mogul’s lat­est tech­nolo­gies are de­vel­oped for OEMs to meet to­day’s emis­sions and econ­omy chal­lenges. These tech­nolo­gies can be broadly clas­si­fied as ei­ther direct so­lu­tions or en­abling so­lu­tions. A direct solution makes an im­me­di­ate, direct im­prove­ment such as re­duc­ing fric­tion or cut­ting com­po­nent weight. En­abling so­lu­tions help de­sign­ers to im­ple­ment new en­gine strate­gies re­li­ably, such as al­low­ing the use of tur­bocharg­ing to in­crease ef­fi­ciency. Many of these tech­nolo­gies lead en­gine de­sign­ers to­wards down­sis­ing, cre­at­ing smaller en­gines that pro­duce more power per litre, burn fuel more ef­fi­ciently and have lower fric­tional losses. Spec­i­fy­ing the right com­po­nents, from new and dur­ing re­pair, has never been more crit­i­cal to en­sure long ser­vice life.

By re-melt­ing the al­loy around the rim of the bowl, the sil­i­con par­ti­cles can be re­duced to only one tenth of their LKZ-Rings pre­vi­ous size, sub­stan­tially in­creas­ing the strength and dura­bil­ity of the pis­ton rim. The Du­raBowl pis­ton uses this tech­nique to in­crease the ser­vice life to be­tween 4 and 7 times that of a con­ven­tional cast pis­ton.

“Hy­brid makes sense for the In­dian mar­ket,” the spokesper­son said. He fur­ther said, “Hy­brid is some­thing where the risk fac­tor of electric is taken off. To me, it seems to be the ob­vi­ous step. In­dia is only coun­try where we do not have hy­brids. But, the govern­ment is tak­ing a closer look at it and we might go on to it.”

With its mar­ket also in pis­ton and rings, the pow­er­train com­pany serves the en­tire in­dus­try that in­cludes two-wheeler, trac­tors, truck, marine ap­pli­ca­tions and also in­dus­trial. The prod­uct range of its pis­ton is the small­est of 47 mm to 228.6 mm. Speak­ing on the up­com­ing e-ve­hi­cle mar­ket, the spokesper­son said, “I think it is a time of op­por­tu­nity. Adop­tion and adap­tion will take time. China came up with 3.5 mil­lion charg­ing points in one and a half years. In In­dia we came with 500 points. So it will take time for us to go up to the level. A report re­cently showed that if all Amer­i­cans are mov­ing to electric cars, they would need 10 more nu­clear plants to feed them. If we cre­ate ther­mal power plant, we will cre­ate more pol­lu­tion some­where else. I have a feel that these will get de­layed al­though, we along with our JV part­ners, are work­ing with sev­eral power man­age­ments sys­tems. It will hap­pen, but it will hap­pen a lit­tle later. And, as far safety norms are con­cerned they are very much im­por­tant. We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity and also the use of fos­sil fuel to be re­duced.”

New of­fer­ings

Fed­eral-Mogul Mo­tor­parts, a di­vi­sion of Fed­eral-Mogul LLC, has ex­panded its prod­uct of­fer­ing in In­dia with the launch of Goetze en­gine oil and Cham­pion glow plugs.

Goetze, a leader in both OE and the af­ter­mar­ket for en­gine com­po­nents, ex­tends the same ex­per­tise in en­gine oil and grease range. Avail­able for a com­plete range of ve­hi­cle seg­ments and in all pack­ag­ing sizes, Goetze en­gine oil en­hances the en­gine, clutch and gear per­for­mance un­der stren­u­ous run­ning con­di­tions. It is for­mu­lated with su­pe­rior qual­ity base oils and advanced high-per­for­mance ad­di­tives for mod­ern en­gines. Meet­ing the strin­gent lu­bri­ca­tion de­mands and en­vi­ron­men­tal norms, it of­fers su­pe­rior abra­sion­re­sis­tance and vis­cos­ity sta­bil­ity.

A new ad­di­tion to the le­gendary Cham­pion brand, a range of Cham­pion light ve­hi­cle glow plugs has also been launched. Avail­able in strik­ing new pack­ag­ing, Cham­pion glow plugs of­fer short heat up time and pre­cise adap­ta­tion to the com­bus­tion cham­ber of­fer­ing su­pe­rior per­for­mance ev­ery sin­gle time.

Du­raBowl

Wide range of en­gine valves man­u­fac­tured by Fed­eral-Mogul.

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