Dana to Supply Complete Sealing System for Tritec Engines
Dec 6, 1999
TOLEDO, Ohio, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN) announced today that it will supply the complete sealing system for Tritec Motors Ltd., a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler and the BMW Group. Five divisions of Dana's Engine Systems Group will supply components for the Tritec engines. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990903/DANA ) Dana is the exclusive supplier for these components for the 16-valve, 1.6-liter and 1.4-liter engines Tritec Motors will produce in Brazil for the Dodge and Plymouth Neon in the United States, and the Rover Mini in England. Dana has added a new production line in Brazil to manufacture oil pan gaskets and thermoplastic cam covers to meet this demand. Dana's investment of $3.5 million in its sealing facilities in Gravatai, Brazil, and two years of teamwork with DaimlerChrysler and BMW Group engineers, led to the development of new thermoplastic cylinder head covers. This is Dana's first facility to produce cylinder head covers made of thermoplastic. This advanced technology provides better sealing, lower costs, reduced weight and noise, easy assembly, and improved corrosion resistance. "We are committed to supplying our customers with the highest quality sealing materials on a just-in-time basis," said Heinz Eilks, vice president of sealing products for Dana's Engine Systems Group. "This new line in Gravatai will enable us to meet Tritec's requirements while providing them with state-of-the-art sealing components." The cylinder head cover is recyclable, has a smooth final touch (without any barb), and has brass inserts, or threads, that are cast into the component's body. In addition, the ignition coil and the crankcase ventilation valve are bolted into the component. It also includes an oil fillcap, rubber cylinder head cover isolator, fixing screws, and labyrinth oil separators in the crankcase ventilation systems. In addition to the cylinder head covers, Dana will supply Tritec Motors with oil pan gaskets, piston rings, oil and water pump gaskets, oil seals, o-rings, oil gaskets, and cam caps. Dana's Victor Reinz, Perfect Circle and Fluid System Products operations in Brazil will supply these components. Dana's Plumley Division provided technological support for development of the rubber oil pan gaskets with thermoplastic support. The primary advantages of the oil pan gasket include better deformation resistance, no movement during the assembly, and metallic compression limiters around each screw. Dana's Victor Reinz Division will supply the multi-layered steel (MLS) gaskets. These gaskets have three layers of stainless steel, covered with a fluorelastomer coating. MLS gaskets improve sealing, with greater thermal and mechanical resistance, and improve the performance of the engine. In addition, MLS gaskets reduce emissions and oil consumption. Dana's Perfect Circle Division will supply the complete set of rings: upper compression ring, intermediate compression ring, oil ring expander and oil ring side rail. These components were developed by synchronized engineering teams of Dana and DaimlerChrysler engineers in Brazil, Germany, and the United States. The oil seals, water pump gaskets, o-rings, blow-by-system, chaincase over seals, and exhaust manifold gaskets will be produced by Dana's Victor Reinz Mercosur Division. Dana's Fluid System Products Division will supply the water, oil and power steering pumps, and cam caps. The unique, dual water and power steering pump will be used on the DaimlerChrysler application. Dana Engine Systems Group provides components, modules, and complete systems solutions to engine builders worldwide. The group's product lines include Victor Reinz(R) gaskets and sealing products, Perfect Circle(R) piston rings and engine parts, Glacier(R) Vandervell(R) engine bearings, fluid system products, and Plumley powertrain components. Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest independent suppliers to vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 330 major facilities in 32 countries and employs more than 86,000 people. The company reported sales of $12.5 billion in 1998. Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com .
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