Another fantastic Engine Expo!
“The latest generation of engine and transmission components on show this week has really been impressive,” said Graham Johnson, managing director of UKI Media & Events, organizer of Engine Expo in Novi, Michigan, USA. “And visitors have benefited from seeing almost 100 advanced powertrain testing and validation technologies in the neighboring Automotive Testing Expo too. It’s been a highly enjoyable and educational week.”
Several exhibitors took the opportunity to introduce state-of-the-art products and new technologies at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Among the unveilings was Alphabox, a new diagnostic system for two- and four-stroke diesel engines by Jaquet. Providing continuous monitoring of the state of an engine, Alphabox can simultaneously diagnose turbochargers in parallel with the motor itself.
“Measurements on two-stroke engines have confirmed that Alphabox can support the operators of fleets of diesel engines, reduce operating costs and extend the lifetime of the engines to a maximum, by ensuring that the diesel engines operate in an optimal thermodynamic and mechanical condition,” said booth rep Eleanor Low. “As a result, Alphabox has enormous potential for employment in both two- and four-stroke engines, independent of their application.”
On the Miba booth, the company, which produces sintered components, engine bearings, friction materials, power electronics components and coatings, shared its revenue and earnings for the first half of the year. Revenue for February to July was US$410m, up from US$409m the previous year.
Chairman of the Miba management board, F Peter Mitterbauer, stated, “Last year’s picture continues. Strong demand from the automotive sector is offset by a further weakening of the capital goods industry.”
The company benefited from positive developments in the automotive industry in all regions, and continues to invest. Purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets in the first half of 2016-2017 amounted to US$34.7m.
Meanwhile, Magna-Tech, a provider of vacuum impregnation of castings, spoke about becoming a subsidiary of leading adhesives, sealants and functional coatings manufacturer Henkel, operating as part of its Adhesive Technologies business. Magna-Tech has 10 facilities across North America.
As a result of the acquisition, Magna-Tech’s vacuum impregnation services now provide a complementary service business that leverages Henkel’s presence in the passenger vehicle market. The deal also enhances Henkel’s global footprint in impregnation services by adding to the company’s existing network of European and Asian process centers.
“Henkel’s impregnation capabilities are complementary to Magna-Tech’s portfolio,” said Rob Swords, CEO, Magna-Tech Manufacturing. “We're excited about this joint working relationship with Henkel and the opportunities that will result from this combined business environment.”
Another news story came from Hatz Diesel, which presented its industrial four-cylinder diesel engine with sound insulation. The Hatz 4H50TIC diesel unit performs up to 55kW at a maximum torque of 240Nm and complies with all current norms and requirements, such as EU Stage IIIB and US EPA Tier 4 final. In connection with the insulation, which was specially developed for this engine, the Hatz 4H50TIC Silent Pack achieves a reduction of 4dB in the noise emission despite the cooler fan. Therefore the engine is 60% less noisy compared with the non-capsulated Open Power Unit (OPU).
“During the development of the Silent Pack version, it was very important for the engineers to keep the installation dimensions as small as possible and to keep the engine accessible for easy maintenance,” said booth rep Gordon Sauer.
Visitors to Engine Expo 2016 in Novi, Michigan, USA were united in their praise of the diversity of products on display, as well as the networking opportunities that the expo – now in its fifth year – presented. “I work for an engine component technology consultancy and came here to find companies that might need our services,” said Sean Osborne, director, ITB Group. “I didn’t expect a whole lot from the show but I found a great target customer of the perfect quality that I was looking for.”
Meanwhile, Richard Einfalt an electronic technology engineer at Volvo Powertrain, commented, “It’s a really worthwhile show for engineers such as myself who gather data on emissions output, especially in the USA right now after what VW did!”
Other visitors, such as Keiki Akaida, a powertrain project manager at Mazda, had their eyes on various technologies to help with their test needs: “I came here to find a device that can help with engine temperature measurement, and I found a lot of great technologies from a number of vendors, especially a device by Cambustion. I’m really happy!”
Exhibitors were equally pleased with the quality of the event and of those in attendance. “Once again, the quality of visitors was really high,” said Paul Hudak, sales engineer, ACTech North America. “We had a lot of guys from the Big Three [Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler] stop by, which was great to see, and generally the people here were genuinely interested in what we’re doing.”
Jeremy Long, booth rep for first-time Engine Expo exhibitor TPR America, also found the show to be beneficial: “We’ve had some good, solid leads from new ventures and even previous customers that didn’t realize we were producing a particular product. As a result, we’re interested in exhibiting at Engine Expo in Stuttgart next year, too.”
Likewise, Joe Seliga, stand organizer, Hitchiner Manufacturing, commented on why the company returns each year: “For us, Engine Expo is pretty unique and one of the better ways for us to promote ourselves to the industry. We’re talking to people in the engine development stage that we wouldn’t necessarily come into contact with. We’ve already signed up for 2017!”