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Leading companies attend Engine Expo 2014

Engine Expo 2014 lived up to its billing as the must-attend event for everyone involved in powertrain design, development, procurement and production, with visitors from around the world traveling to the Stuttgart Messe across all three days of the event.
Boasting several technological debuts and many cutting-edge powertrain concept designs and innovations, the event also provided visitors with an ideal platform to meet the world’s leading companies as they exhibited the latest powertrain breakthroughs, which included state-of-the-art designs and all-new components and subsystems, as well as innovative new materials, manufacturing technologies and services.

Turbocharging solutions revealed
Engine Expo 2014 saw Jaquet Technology Group reveal three new sensor technology platforms for the measurement of automotive turbocharger speed. The platforms have been developed to provide an unlimited range of customized and off-the-shelf speed sensor solutions for use in both passenger car and commercial vehicles applications.
Measurement and control of turbocharger speed are beneficial for maintaining an optimal regulation of airflow into the engine in accordance with the parameters of a turbocharger compressor map, thereby maximizing the performance of the turbocharger and the engine as one integrated package. The use of a turbocharger speed sensor enables quick adaptation to changing driving conditions in demanding environments, and can also protect the turbocharger against catastrophic failure caused by overspeed conditions.
Turbocharging has become the key enabling technology for not only meeting regulatory standards, but also delivering the desired large-engine performance from a smaller engine. Visitors to Jaquet’s Engine Expo 2014 booth could inspect the company’s speed sensor products, which help to maximize the performance of the turbocharger and engine, thereby contributing to improvements in fuel economy and the reduction of engine emissions in a downsized unit.

Advanced coatings
One of the industry’s leading coatings developers, Ionbond, was in attendance at Engine Expo 2014, having recently opened new headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. The Tier 1 supplier, which has been involved in high-level coatings R&D for more than 40 years, offers coatings for exterior and interior parts of passenger cars, and visited Stuttgart to present its Tribobond 40 series DLC, an application of coatings with low-friction properties that increases system efficiency and component lifetime.
The enhanced tribological properties of Tribobond coatings not only protect the components from wear, but also polish and protect the counter parts during in-running.
Ionbond’s carbon-based Tribobond 40 series DLC coatings, when applied in the valvetrain or cranktrain area, can reduce frictional losses in lubricated operations by up to 40%. And if that’s not impressive enough, these innovative coatings also support heavily loaded and stressed components by reducing friction and wear, thus benefitting piston pins, piston rings, valve tappets, camshaft bearings, connecting rods and valves. Ionbond also used Engine Expo 2014 to showcase PVD decorative coatings that are available in a wide range of colors and are used in applications where scratch- and wear-resistance are important to ensure a perfect look for an extended period of time and intense use.

Powertrain expertise
Featuring an array of new innovations, one of the busiest booths at this year’s Engine Expo was that of Setrab, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality, high-performance aluminum heat exchangers and radiators for automotive applications. The company’s focus is on volumes from 1,000 units up to 20,000 units per year and part number, in the process offering a modular product range, including oil coolers, intercoolers and plate heat exchangers that its engineers design to satisfy thermal performance and packaging requirements. Such a setup lets Setrab customers procure tailor-made solutions in smaller series with limited investment in development and tooling. Customers include Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Scania and Volvo.

New coatings division and DLC showcase
STS arrived at Engine Expo 2014 with the exciting news that it has formed a new coatings division, which is dedicated to anti-friction and anti-wear coating on mechanical components. In total, the high-tech supplier has three high-technology service centers, all of which are located in Italy and specialize in tools refurbishing, PVD and PA-CVD coatings.
STS showcased a range of components coated in DLC at Engine Expo 2014, with the technology overcoming problems associated with abrasion, sliding and the aggression of chemicals. Its low deposition temperature, hardness and low-friction coefficient make it a leading option for many engine developers, and when applied to finished substrates, it maintains the surface finish.
DLC, which is deposited using the plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition technique, enables low deposition temperatures while ensuring excellent adhesion, thus making it suitable for most drastic wear conditions and high relative sliding speeds.

26 June 2014


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