FriCSo, Inc., a provider of patented, environmentally friendly nanolayer-based technology for friction reduction between moving parts, announced the success of its efforts which were aimed at improving automotive engines.
Earlier, a test was conducted by the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and it was found that FriCSo’s Surface Engineering Treatment (SET) was involving FriCSo’s product lines. According to the results, FriCSo’s technology reduces particulate matter emissions, increases engine mechanical efficiency, and reduces fuel consumption.
“This test is further proof that FriCSo’s SET introduces a new era in energy efficiency and environmental protection,” said Amir Weisberg, the CEO of FriCSo, Inc. “FriCSo is setting a new standard for friction and wear reduction, and enables manufacturers to offer superior products to meet market demand, with unprecedented performance.”
FriCSo’s breakthrough SET technology reduces the friction between moving parts through a ground-breaking polymer-based machining process. SET creates an oil-retaining organic nanolayer that is chemically bonded to the metal surface. As a result, it increases surface hardness and enhances surface topography. The technology is expected to bolster the efficiency of auto parts like the brakes and, at the same time, the overall performance and functionality of the vehicle.
Technion’s Mechanical Engineering Faculty performed the tests on a 4-cylinder tractor diesel engine at its Internal Combustion Engine Laboratory. The test consisted of two runs. The first test served as the baseline. It is done without any treatment of surfaces. The second test was consequently made after replacing the engine’s main friction parts like the cylinder liners, rocker shafts, piston pins, and valves with new parts treated with FriCSo’s SET.
Technion’s test results show that using the SET treatment leads to a fuel consumption reduction of 0.4 to four percent, depending on engine RPM and load. Additionally, SET treatment resulted in a significant cut of particulate matter emissions, about 43 to 46 percent, while oil consumption was reduced by 48 percent compared with the baseline case. In addition, SET treatment led to an improvement of about two percent in the engine’s mechanical efficiency.
According to S. Sumithra, a Frost & Sullivan research analyst, “FriCSo’s solution is an innovative device, which could potentially replace existing non-environment friendly coatings in the field of automotive coatings.”
FriCSo’s surface treatment delivers coating-like performance. SET comprises one or two of the following processes: high performance polymer lapping as a single treatment, and two-step treatment involving surface texturing using vibro-grooving followed by polymer lapping. “FriCSo’s solution is an innovative device, which could potentially replace existing non-environment friendly coatings in the field of automotive coatings,” said Sumithra.
Amir Weisberg, the CEO of FriCSo, Inc., said, “FriCSo’s solution is not a coating but delivers coating-like performance at a fraction of the time, cost and maintenance required by traditional solutions. Metal parts treated with SET enjoy high wear resistance and improved energy efficiency in the engines. SET is cost effective compared to using exotic metals for metal-pairs design, DLC and other coatings and bushings, and even offers superior performance in certain applications. Being environment friendly, this technology does not produce any toxic waste and complies with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restrictions.”