Ten Technologies Supporting Performance Racing
This slide show contains a variety of manufacturing solutions on display at the recent Performance Racing Industry Show.
Earlier this month, I got to attend the 24th annual Performance Racing Industry Show in Orlando. The PRI Show offers the latest advances in race products and engineering, such as engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, electronics, safety gear, machining equipment and new metal alloys and coatings. It’s the world’s largest racing trade show, and this year’s event attracted 38,000 attendees and more than 1,000 exhibitors. Racing enthusiasts must feel like kids in a candy store walking the aisles of this show.
This is the second time I’ve attended the PRI Show, which is nice being the car guy that I am. I like the neat vibe you feel as you walk the show. The people there are passionate about racing, whether it’s their hobby or their business.
What I also appreciate, and I hope others who attend do as well, is the degree to which advanced manufacturing technology enables companies to create innovative new racing products. Some such equipment was on display in the show’s “Machinery Row,” Click through the slide show below to see some manufacturing solutions that caught my eye.
This manufacturer’s use of live-tool lathes overcomes labor cost in various ways. One of the latest sources of savings involves bringing another operation—hobbing—into these machines. INCLUDES VIDEO.
Optimizing a camshaft lobe grinding cycle has traditionally been based less on science and more on educated guesswork and numerous test grinds. Now, computer thermal modeling software can predict areas where lobe burning is likely to occur, in order to determine the fastest possible work speed that won't thermally damage lobes and greatly reduce the number of requisite test grinds.
The maker of racing engine components produces parts that have many permutations within each product line. Here is how Jesel sets up work for cost-effective, responsive machining.