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Federal-Mogul Announces Oil Conditioning Breakthrough

29 September 1998

Federal-Mogul Announces Oil Conditioning Business On New Land Rover Diesel Engine
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 29 -- Federal-Mogul Corporation
, announces the result of a breakthrough oil condition project with
Land Rover, Solihull, England.  Oil Conditioning Systems, a business unit of
the Federal-Mogul Powertrain Systems group, has been working with Land Rover
throughout the development cycle of their new 2.5 liter diesel engine code
named Storm.
    "This is a major breakthrough for this sector of the diesel market," said
David Purcell, Federal-Mogul sales manager, Oil Conditioning Systems.  "Our
oil conditioning centrifuge combined with engine development has allowed Land
Rover to set a new world standard for oil change intervals and engine
    Federal-Mogul is a world leader in centrifugal oil conditioning and is
working with many OEM's around the world to raise engine performance standards
and environmental benefits.
    This is the first major win for the new FM016 product launched by the Oil
Conditioning team in June.  A centrifugal filter operates on an entirely
different principle than the barrier-type media filters commonly used.  The
centrifugal filter uses incoming oil (direct from the oil gallery) to spin a
central rotor.  In normal operation, this subjects the contaminant particles
in the oil to as much as 4,500 g of force, causing them to migrate outwards
and form a dense cake on the inner wall of the filter's outer shell.  This
cake is made up of a combination of engine clogging soot (approximately 70
percent), wear metals and other ingested contaminants such as silicon dust.
    Unlike a barrier-type filter, the centrifugal filter's effectiveness does
not decrease as contaminants are removed from the oil.  The barrier filter
traps contaminants in its matrix, decreasing its flow capacity as they build
up in the pores of the media filter element.  In the centrifugal filter, these
contaminants are deposited on the wall of the outer shell and do not interfere
with oil flow.  The dense cake caused by the centrifugal force also enables
environmentally friendly disposal of the dirt itself or the dirt contained
within a disposable rotor assembly.
    "With the new emissions regulations, there can be much more soot going
into the oil," stated Dominic Jephcott, general manager, Federal-Mogul
Powertrain Systems, Ilminster, United Kingdom.  "Because of that, there is a
greater trend toward removing the soot from the oil, rather than just
retaining it in suspension.  There is also a desire to use the oil for a
longer period.  Unless you use something like centrifugal bypass filtration,
there is no way you can do that without wearing out the engine more quickly.
The Land Rover decision to use our technology endorses our philosophy of
working with world leading OEM's to find tomorrow's solutions."
    Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Federal-Mogul is an automotive
parts manufacturer providing innovative solutions and systems to global
customers in the automotive, light truck, heavy-duty, farm and industrial
markets.  The company was founded in 1899 and has 41,000 employees worldwide.
For more information on Federal-Mogul, visit the company's web site at  Federal-Mogul's press releases are available by
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