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Auto Manufacturers are facing the fundamental challenge of building affordable, lighter and more fuel efficient vehicles while reducing emissions to meet current government required levels.
Conservatively the number of head gaskets manufactured in North America alone is estimated at 65 million. The world market is approximately 200 million per year.
We have worked very closely with Ford. Initially, we were involved with the Advanced Manufacturing Group to determine if testing would surface the best application. The testing was conducted by the Engineering Group of the Power Train Division. Working closely with the staff there, we were able to demonstrate our temperature control and sealing capability.
In March of 2003, Ford arranged for a Taxicab Fleet Durability Evaluation. The Desert Cab Company of Las Vegas, operating Ford Crown Victoria cabs with 4.6 liter V8 engines, was selected for the evaluation of 40 exhaust FRE Seal manifold gaskets. As of today, several cabs are still running with documented durability of 350,000 miles (the requirement is 150,000) without incident.
With the proven durability of a four and a half year fleet test we can produce theonly true non-metallic composite IC engine exhaust manifold gasket available today. We are confident in our ability to outperform any competitive product on the market. This innovative and revolutionary approach will provide a far better seal with the tremendous cost savings advantages as compared to conventional seals now in use.
Our gasket is 75% lighter than current conventional stainless steel gaskets.
Significantly reduces hazardous emissions to meet government requirements.
Flexible ceramic gaskets are independent of Japan’s patent control of multilayer steel (MLS) gaskets.
Over ten years of extensive automotive engine performance testing experience.
Higher IC engine exhaust manifold gas pressure sealing capability than MLS gaskets.
More cost effective than MLS gaskets due to significantly reduced number of operations at higher rates of production and new gasket design prototypes can be quickly produced.
No tooling required to make new gaskets when engine design changes.
Less cost and greater flexibility to assemble and repair operations where either the flexible ceramic gasket or liquid pre-ceramic elastic gasket are both equally capable.
Hot exhaust gas surfaces transform to ceramic inhibiting skin while maintaining high temperature rubber constrained viscoelastic gasket seal.
“O” rings and seals that withstand aggressive diesel pressure at high heat applications
Warranty costs greatly reduced due to dramatic reduction in replacement costs
The resin may be extruded robotically like toothpaste onto a mating surface of a metal or other material to form a secure seal between the two surfaces. We simply program the robot controller to apply highly precise gasket paths. The liquid gasket adheres to and becomes integrated with the part. The result is value added liquid gasketed seals with exacting placement part after part.
The material is self-curing. Hot gases transform compressed inner seal edges into a ceramic inhibiting skin while maintaining high temperature elastic constrained viscoelastic gasket seal with rebound capability.
It also compensates for gaps or engine block movement and dampens engine noise.
It can be stored and processed at room temperature and only becomes active when the catalyst is added or activated.