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Engine related: Octane Measurement

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Default Engine related: Octane Measurement

But not so antique but then again? I got a phone call asking if I’d attempt to help a man who works for a major oil company that owns several refineries. I said yes and he drove in to my shop today. His problem is the contraption used to determine the octane of gasoline. What it is is a single cylinder engine that has variable compression ratio and a knock sensor to determine the exact point of detonation. Originally these were supported by Waukesha. I happen to know a man who worked for Waukesha for years so I’m thinking this might be a possibility. What the problem is the parts that are currently available are not very good and being out of tolerance caused the sensor to detect preignition at a wrong place. He explain just 1/10 off cost about a million dollars in lost revenue in a year. They want -0 / + 1/10. If it runs 2/10ths high that’s 2 mil lost over the coarse of a year. His company owns 50 of these engines and they keep 12 running 24/7/365. The rest are in transit or being rebuilt all the time. They spend $500,000.00 a year maintaining these things. He wanted me to become involved in the manufacturing of “quality” parts.

Now the good part. There is only one manufacturer. Every refinery in the world uses this same engine. Think about the $$$$$$$$ here.

I call my Waukesha friend. He knows the engine well. He also said the company he works for that makes engines and parts would never consider touching this with a ten foot poll. Why? Government regulations. The EPA is hands on on this and if you make a part that ends up causing a miscalculation you would be liable.

So, I had a million dollar deal in my hands today and let it walk.
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