Research and Development
Research brings together the study of science and engineering. In today’s world of challenges and changes the considerations of producing individual engine components is no small job. The biggest single challenge is that of global emission control laws and their wide reaching effect on diesel engine architecture and componentry.
Prior to manufacture or producing any prototype there is a period of R & D. This involves a lot of work to determine firstly its function, which component/s it co-exists with, what type of work its likely to encounter, extremes of temperature, working tolerances, costs to produce, availability of raw materials and much more. Then a period of testing to qualify its suitability for a prototype, then bench testing and finally field testing in real life situations for an extended period. This activity happens behind the scenes to ensure the individual component’s survival and performance is not left to chance.
Research is done to assess engine populations and market knowledge. Then if a decision is made to introduce an item there is a strategic path from the engineers desk to blue print, to prototype, to field testing before a part is considered for production and commercialization. The OE’s design is included in the initial concept but when the maker is conscious of a particular issue, usually it will incorporate a performance betterment into the design. Catamac has a mandate to use only reputable sources that have an in-depth understanding of engine component engineering. As emission laws have tightened, various metallurgical and process changes have occurred and keep occurring. Changes/improvements occur to aluminum alloys, steels and irons in order to keep abreast of market trends and demands.
The dynamics of the engine components trade is such that Research and Development keeps going – it doesn’t stop. It also provides the avenue by which new products are introduced to inventory.