Take a Look Inside the AMSOIL Mechanical Lab

Keith Klein

AMSOIL Mechanical Lab

Welcome to Tech tips! I'm Len Groom Today, we’ll take a look inside the AMSOIL mechanical lab. Chris Orr, the lab manager, is going to show us around.

We opened the AMSOIL mechanical lab, otherwise known as the AML or DYNO back in April of 2013. It consists of three Dyno cells - 24 by 20 each, with water systems, air systems, and fuel systems to support whatever type of testing that we want to do.

In the Dyno cells, we test everything: from passenger car engines; to power sports equipment; to lawn and garden equipment here.

The main purpose of the AML is to validate technologies for product development and for comparative analysis in the market of AMSOIL products, and make sure that AMSOIL is producing the best products possible.

In cell 1 of AMSOIL mechanical lab, we have a SuperFlow 902S water break, a land and sea 7" Dyno, set up to a custom chainsaw installation. And we have three air compressors.

In cell 2 AMSOIL mechanical lab, we have a MidWest 1014 eddy current Dyno. It controls from two to six thousand RPM - up to 175 Horsepower. We use that for passenger car motor oil development.

We also have small engine testing.  In cell 3 we have a SuperFlow Cycle Dyn eddy current Dyno, and we're gearing up at this point to expand that Dyno to a double row installation.

Engines are very sensitive to the combustion air that they get in terms of repeatable power production, so we have a Munters combustion air unit that provides 3000 CFM of humidity and temperature-controlled air directly to the engines.

We do a lot of steady state Dyno testing versus performance facilities that might do a very short-term test. So, therefore, we need a lot of cooling capacity; we need a lot of water capacity. So, we do have a 4000-gallon water system that supplies cooling water and break water to our test cells, as well as a 60 Ton evaporative chiller that is roof-mounted, so that regardless of the amount of Horsepower or whatever degree of steady state testing we're doing, we can maintain the temperature of our supply water at all times.

Pictures of some of AMSOIL's products. These products are formulated after proper validations at the AMSOIL Mechanical Lab. The lab, also know as AML ensures that AMSOIL produces the best products possible.

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All of our fuel, air, and water systems are PLC-controlled. It's basically a computer interface - it can monitor certain conditions; whether it be a temperature; whether it be a pressure. And it can respond automatically in the absence of human intervention.

In our test design, if it's desired, we can ramp up the severity of our test and heat low the length of time that test is conducted for to separate high quality oils. One oil might sputter cough and choke and just fall its way across 100 hours, where another oil might breeze past 100 hours without breaking a sweat.

Most high-quality oils are going to do okay in normal operating conditions. So, if you want to differentiate that you want to see what oil is going to be better in severe conditions, you have to design things like that yourself.

How do you determine what's great? That's what we want to do here.

In addition to the test facilities, we have a very large work area. Everything off-test moves to the shop area; is disassembled; it's laid out prior to photography for inspection.

Building our own facility allows AMSOIL to make decisions quickly and design testing to help differentiate high quality oils, which is something that really isn't available outside of developing your own testing.

Well, as you can see, the AMSOIL mechanical lab is a very unique facility. This is the facility that allows us to do the testing that gets our products to that next level.  Other companies just can't do this.

We are glad you could take a look inside the AMSOIL mechanical lab with us. Thanks for watching, we'll see you next time.

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