September 26, 2014
SAKOR Technologies, a provider of instrumentation products for dynometer testing, has supplied Ford Motor company with a belt noise test stand. The automotive maker will use the device to meet new SAE specifications for belt noise in vehicle Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) applications, as well as other noise testing requirements.
The new belt noise test stand uses a high-speed AC dynamometer system to simulate the engine, allowing for testing to be performed in a laboratory without the need for fuel, cooling and fire suppression systems needed for fired-engine testing. The dynamometer simulates torque pulses from engine firing. The stand also includes a thermal chamber and water mist system to incorporate environmental conditions during testing.
The unit, in addition to SAE J2432-2012 testing, can also create misalignment and/or tilt to pulleys. This enables Ford to test new formulations of rubber, fibrous materials, or pulley and belt shapes.
“We are gratified that the new test unit has been so well received by Ford,” said Randal Beattie, president of SAKOR. “Several other major belt manufacturers have visited our facility to see the stand and have expressed intent in acquiring similar equipment.”
For more information, visit SAKOR Technologies.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.