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What are Dura-Lite’s engineering capabilities?

Dura-Lite Heat Transfer Products Ltd.™ is a Professional Engineering Company, certified by APEGGA (Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta).

Dura-Lite™ maintains its technological lead in the industry by maintaining a staff of multi-disciplined engineers, utilizing some of the most advanced software and testing equipment available in the industry.

Capabilities:

  • 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design):
    • Mechanical CAD;
    • Design Validation;
    • Product Data Management;
    • Design Communication; and
    • CAD Productivity Tools.
       
  • CAD/ CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing):
    • Dura-Lite™ uses these tools to create faster production processes, components and tooling with dimensional accuracy.
    • After designing components in CAD software, the CAM tool is used by Dura-Lite™ to interface with and drive its CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines to manufacture high quality parts.
  • FEA (Finite Element Analysis):
    • FEA software simulates the extreme conditions that Charge Air Coolers can be exposed to, without having to wait years for the results;
    • FEA can show weaknesses in designs, to allow improvements to be made before parts are manufactured and as a result, assures product durability; and
    • Once the FEA results have been analyzed and the design finalized, manufacturing can produce a prototype sample. The theoretical results can then be definitively confirmed with “actual” results in Dura-Lite’s Environmental Wind Tunnel Thermal Cycle Testing Equipment.
       
  • CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics):
    • CFD software is used to simulate Charge Air Cooler airflow and thermal conditions to predict the performance of the design;
    • Theoretical analysis can be performed on a “virtual prototype”, allowing further design changes as required before the final design is completed and a Charge Air Cooler is manufactured; and
    • Once the CFD results have been analyzed and the design finalized, manufacturing can produce a prototype sample. The theoretical results can then be definitively confirmed with “actual” results in Dura-Lite's Environmental Wind Tunnel Performance Testing Equipment and/ or on a vehicle using the Chassis Dynamometer.
  • CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine):
    • CMM equipment is used to measure the physical geometrical characteristics of the parts used in the manufacturing and assembly processes of Dura-Lite™ Charge Air Coolers. The measurements allow part and/ or assembly to be compared against the design intent;
    • Precisely recording the X, Y, and Z coordinates of a part, also allows points to be generated to construct features of a part when engineering new parts based on physical samples; and
    • Using this equipment allows Dura-Lite™ to ensure that our Charge Air Coolers are manufactured in accordance with the design specifications and to ensure fit and function in the application.
  • On-Site State-of-the-Art Test Facility:
    • Temperature controlled Environmental Wind Tunnel (EWT) and Chassis Dynamometer;
    • Performance and Thermal Cycle component testing equipment; and
    • Test equipment used to ensure products meet or exceed OE (Original Equipment) performance specifications and assure product durability.
  • Full capability to design and test custom Charge Air Coolers, Radiators and Radiator/ Charge Air Cooler Cooling Modules.