Federal-Mogul Announces Oil Conditioning Breakthrough
29 September 1998Federal-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 performance." 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 http://www.federal-mogul.com. Federal-Mogul's press releases are available by fax through Company News On-Call, call 800-758-5804, ext. 306225.