NEW LIFE FOR OLD BLOCKS

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

AACHEN (Ger­many) — Ford is re­cy­cling old en­gines us­ing patented plasma coat­ing tech­nol­ogy.

The process de­liv­ers a 50% re­duc­tion in CO2 emis­sions com­pared with pro­duc­ing a new en­gine, re­quir­ing much less ma­te­rial.

“We have taken a process that was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped to en­hance per­for­mance mod­els such as the all-new Ford Mus­tang Shelby GT 350R and used it to re­man­u­fac­ture en­gines that might oth­er­wise be scrapped,” said Juer­gen We­se­mann, man­ager, Ve­hi­cle Tech­nolo­gies and Ma­te­ri­als, Ford Re­search and Ad­vanced Engi­neer­ing.

The Plasma Trans­ferred Wire Arc ther­mal process ap­plies a spray in­side of the worn-out en­gine block that helps re­store it to its orig­i­nal fac­tory con­di­tion.

“Tra­di­tional en­gine re­man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques can be pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive and en­ergy in­ten­sive, re­quir­ing iron-cast parts and in­tri­cate ma­chin­ing pro­cesses.

The Plasma Trans­ferred Wire Arc coat­ing tech­nol­ogy re­moves the need for ad­di­tional heavy parts and the pro­cessed en­gine block has a new life as the base of a re­place­ment en­gine,” said Mark Silk, su­per­vi­sor at Pow­er­train Prod­ucts. — Sup­plied.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

An old and plasma coated block.

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