NEW LIFE FOR OLD BLOCKS
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.
An old and plasma coated block.