Oil Pans: From Concept to Completion
We were charged with the task of engineering an better oil pan. A heavy truck oil pan that was durable, tougher, and more resistant to corrosion than it’s OEM counterparts:
In many regions, winter can be brutal. Salt on the roads can be destructive to anything made of steel, especially oil pans used by heavy trucks during the long winter months. Typical oil pans may only last one season before rusting and leaks begin. We have designed our oil pans out of 304 stainless steel, which will hold up to the toughest of conditions.
The first step in the process is for our engineers to create and design a solid model using our design software. The solid model will create a 3D finished part, the necessary programs, and drawings used for inspection.
Next the initial metal cutting process begins, we do this by using our state of the art lasers to efficiently and accurately cut the flat layout of the oil pan. Our laser capabilities enable us to cut various metals, from 5-thousandths to 1-inch thick into a variety of shapes and sizes, including tubing.
The oil pans are formed using one of our multiple CNC press brakes. We can form parts up to 100-inches in length. In this application we will use die-film to reduce the tool marks and scratching. Our technology enables accuracy and repeatability.
The oil pans then move into the assembly area for fit-up and welding. Whether manual or robotic welding is required, we make sure the proper attention to detail is given to achieve the best results.
The last step in creating our oil pans is final inspection. Our inspectors check all critical dimensions and visually check that the products stand up to our stringent quality requirements.
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