Dana Holding Corporation (ticker: DAN, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
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Dana Corporation Coating Technologies Lower Emissions, Improve Engine Durability and Performance
FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dana Corporation
(NYSE: DCN) announced today that it has developed two advanced coating
processes for engine bearings and piston rings that greatly improve their
durability. Products with these advanced coatings will be on display at the
61st International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, through Sept. 25 at
Dana's exhibit in Hall 6.1, Stand B30.
Chuck Heine, president of Technology Development at Dana, said,
"Innovation often happens in the details, as these coating processes
demonstrate. These processes and components are invisible to consumers, but
the benefits they deliver, such as improved powertrain efficiency and reduced
emissions, clearly benefit vehicle manufacturers and buyers alike."
RP100 Coating for Engine Bearings
Dana's RP100 coating for engine bearings utilizes a thermal spray
technology, which uses a flame to uniformly deposit a proprietary coating onto
connecting rods and main bearings at a very high speed. RP100 is the first
use of this thermal spray coating for an engine bearing application.
Benefits include significantly improved bearing strength and wear
resistance. The enhanced bearing performance also makes it possible to use
less expensive materials for the crankshaft. The process can also be
developed to deposit graduated coatings, shifting from a harder interior to a
softer layer on the outer surface.
PCF-480(TM) Coating for Piston Rings
Dana's PCF-480(TM) coating for piston rings uses thermal deposition to
coat piston rings with a surface that is 30 percent harder than traditional
thermally coated rings. The superior coating provides a significant
improvement in the wear resistance of the power-cylinder system. The coating
fills a groove on the piston ring face to deliver a long-lasting seal. This,
in turn, helps to significantly lower emissions by reducing the amount of
lubrication oil entering the combustion chamber.
PCF-480 was developed to offset the increased wear caused by the
introduction of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems in diesel engines.
While EGR helps reduce emissions, it also exposes engine components, such as
piston rings, to more corrosive and abrasive conditions. However, the PCF-480
coated rings can achieve wear characteristics similar to those in non-EGR
"Today's consumers are demanding cleaner running, more efficient diesel
vehicles," Heine added. "These coating technologies meet those expectations
while also helping to improve durability."
About Dana Corporation
Dana people design and manufacture products for every major vehicle
producer in the world. Dana is focused on being an essential partner to
automotive, commercial, and off-highway vehicle customers, which collectively
produce more than 60 million vehicles every year. A leading supplier of
engine, drivetrain, chassis, and structural technologies, Dana employs 46,000
people in 28 countries. The company is based in Toledo, Ohio, and reported
sales of $9.1 billion in 2004. Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com.
SOURCE Dana Corporation
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Sept. 14, in Hall 6.1, Stand B30, at the 61st International Motor Show (IAA)
in Frankfurt, Germany. A reception for members of the media will take place
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