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Award-winning tough coated piston ring combines low wear and low friction in a single application

Federal Mogul : 18 April, 2011  (New Product)
Federal-Mogul has received two prestigious Automotive News PACE awards in this year
Federal-Mogulís EcoTough-coated piston and LKZ oil control ring were recognised in the product category, which highlights innovations in new products, components or systems that have significant market impact and act as 'game-changers' in the automotive industry. The companyís IROX polymer bearing overlay and K16 bonded Unipiston were also selected as PACE finalists.

Federal-Mogulís LKZ oil control ring is an innovative two-piece oil ring for direct-injection gasoline engines, previously developed for demanding diesel applications. The patented LKZ oil control ring reduces oil consumption by up to 50% and friction by up to 15%, compared to the best conventional two-piece oil rings. Additional benefits include improved fuel economy, emissionreduction and longer oil life.

Federal-Mogulís EcoTough-coated piston for gasoline engines combines the properties of low wear and low friction in a single application. The EcoTough-coated piston offers improved wear resistance and reduces fuel consumption up to 0.8%, as well as reduced CO2 emissions, compared to conventional piston coatings.

The companyís IROX polymer overlay is an innovative polymer coated bearing shell that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by withstanding mechanical loads produced by heavily boosted engines. IROX also addresses the lubrication challenges associated with frequent engine re-starts found in hybrid and other stop-start engines and can help increase the life of crankshafts and bearing shells by more than five times in more extreme duty applications.

Federal-Mogulís K16 bonded Unipiston is a single-piece bonded hydraulic clutch piston for automatic transmissions that utilises the companyís K16 elastomer compound to eliminate the energy-intensive oven curing stage traditionally used to develop the piston seal. Through an innovative combination of polymer chemistries and press cure conditions, Federal-Mogulís use of the K16 elastomeric compound enables the company to reduce the environmental footprint of its sealing operations with a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and natural gas consumption. K16 also exceeds the performance of previous seals in terms of wear resistance and life expectancy.

The annual PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award is presented by Automotive News, Ernst & Young LLP and Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.). The competition is open to suppliers who contribute products, processes, materials or services directly to the manufacture of cars or trucks.
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