February 2014 - AKMI Corporation

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SAE & Standards

Have you ever tried to order a flywheel or housing without a part number? Has the salesmen asked you, “Do you know if it’s an SAE #1 or #2?” You may know the answer, you may not, but have you ever thought to yourself what does SAE stand for?

SAE International, formerly known as Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

The SAE International is a globally active professional association & standards organization for engineering professional in various industries. Their main focus is on the transport industries: automotive, commercial vehicles and aerospace.

The Society coordinates the development of technical standards for parts like flywheels, flywheel housings, and such based on best practices identified and described by SAE committees and task forces.

Originally founded in 1905, the SAE was a total of 5 guys including Henry Aftermarket Ford as the society’s first vice president. It was created on the concept of “free exchange of ideas” as a way to overcome technical problems of the time and learn how to make advances. Automobile companies already had a tendency to follow certain lines of construction, but technical issues would start to arise, and could only be handled with the cooperation of those within the industry. The consensus of the time was that these questions could be answered by a technical society. The field of activity for this society would be the purely technical side of automobiles.

Today, the SAE International has over 120,000 members globally and membership is granted to individuals only, not companies. SAE standards are internationally recognized for their role in helping ensure the safety, quality, and effectiveness of products and services across the mobility engineering industry. The more than 10,000 standards in the SAE database now include historical standards, and can be accessed through one of the targeted solutions below.

Aside from their standardization efforts, SAE International also devotes resources to projects and programs in STEM education, professional certification and collegiate design competitions.

The SAE also releases the following types of technical reports:

SAE Standards: These technical reports are a documentation of broadly accepted engineering practices or specifications for a material, product, process, procedure or test method.

SAE Recommended Practices: These technical reports are documentations of practice, procedures and technology that are intended as guides to standard engineering practice. Their content may be of a more general nature, or they may propound data that has not yet gained broad acceptance.

SAE Information Reports: These technical reports are compilations of engineering reference data or educational material useful to the technical community.

The SAE offers many forms of help when trying to determine standards for parts. If you are ever curious about a flywheel SAE standard # you can find charts, guides and tables that will help you calculate the correct size based off of certain dimensions. A lot of support and sharing of knowledge over the years has led to the standards that are used today.

Ceramics and Truck Parts

Are you tired of looking at engine parts that are covered in rust and make the engine look older or more ragged than it should? Have you ever considered trying a high temperature thermal barrier ceramic coating on your engine exhaust parts like your exhaust manifold, headers or pipes? Are you looking to squeeze out as much power from your engine as you can?

One of the people I met at last week’s HDAW convention saw the exhaust manifolds we had on display and had asked me if we offered them with a ceramic coating. It wasn’t something we have offered on any regular basis, but did raise some curiosity.

The use of high temperature ceramic coatings are becoming more common in automotive applications. Ceramic coated parts are often seen in performance production cars and track only racers, but the benefits are being noticed in the heavy duty market as well.

Ceramic coatings are designed to reduce heat loss from the engine exhaust systems components including exhaust manifolds, turbocharger casings, exhaust headers, downpipes & tailpipes. Ceramic coatings are recommended for use on parts that are exposed to extremely high temperatures.

Some of the benefits of Ceramic Coating:

  • •   Provides lifetime protection against Rust
  • •   Reduction of engine temperature under the hood – 30 degrees or more
  • •   Improves thermal efficiency of the engine system
  • •   A higher density fuel/air charge and more horsepower (3% or more)

Ceramic coatings may be applied on the following; chrome, aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel, or cast iron. New technological advances now allow thermal barrier coatings to be applied via a plasma spray onto different composite materials as well.

There are many different options when it comes to coating engine parts to help reduce temperature.
You could purchase high temperature paint that comes in a spray can, or a do it yourself ceramic coating kit.

There is also an option called “Exhaust Wrap”, which is wrapped completely around the exhaust manifold. This can be inexpensive & fairly simple to do, but could lead to premature degradation of the exhaust manifold itself.

As the do-it-yourself options are tempting, things may not always go as planned. Also, the high temp paints do not last as long as an actual ceramic coating can. If you are looking for more longevity from your parts, having them professionally coated would be the best way to go.

Conventions for Diesel Parts

When it comes to fulfilling your diesel engine spare parts needs, there are many different sources and options, depending on your particular needs. If you are a purchaser looking for potential new suppliers, you have many options or routes available to you.

Conventions and tradeshows can be great, because you have multiple suppliers in the same area and at the same time. As you walk down different aisles, you can view the different diesel engine spare parts providers, compare quality and talk with representatives from that particular company.

One convention that has recently concluded is the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW). This convention is geared towards the heavy duty trucking industry (on-highway trucks). Walking around the exhibit floor, you get the opportunity to learn about other companies you may not have heard about or seen during online research.

HDAW also offers different educational seminars covering what is considered important, need to know topics within the Heavy Duty Trucking industry today.

If your company is an agriculture based business, or your diesel engine spare parts needs consist of parts for agricultural machines, then you may want to try the “AMC Engineering Conference” located in Waterloo, IA or the “National Farm Machinery Show” located in Louisville, KY.

These shows would be great places to find suppliers of diesel engine spare parts for agricultural & off-highway needs. Besides parts suppliers, newly designed tractors would be on display along with the various equipment that can be pulled by the tractor. There is also a tractor pull that you could compete in or join the crowd and watch.

Now, if your company is in construction or construction parts supply, one of the biggest conventions is the “Conexpo – Con/Agg.” This convention represents an immense unveiling of all the newest equipment, technology and product breakthrough in construction. From earthshaking big iron to groundbreaking innovations, it’s all assembled in one place to help you work smarter.
Conexpo is looking at over 2,400 exhibitors showcasing new products and technologies from/for every major construction industry including: asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, utilities and more. There will also be many diesel engine suppliers showcasing there spare parts line complimenting the products on exhibit.

Over 125,000 people attended last year, ranging from contractors, to dealers & distributors, to service providers, engineers, producers, municipalities, and more. Depending on your company product line, or diesel engine spare parts needs, there are multiple conventions available throughout the year that would fit your particular needs. Which one(s) will you be attending?

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