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40 n Performance & Hotrod Business n May 2014 PERFORMANCE For shops looking to add the service, the biggest misconception surrounding dynos is… …I often hear that the most important thing is that the dynamometer repeats so you can see if the engine performance is improving. While that is obviously impor- tant, there are good reasons to be accurate as well. We all know you can make a dyna- mometer report exaggerated results, but you should strive to make them very accu- rate. This boils down to properly calibrat- ing the dyno and using standards such as the ones from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). As you experiment with engines and look at resources for technical information, it helps to be communicating in defined terms. For example, Brake Specific Fuel Consumption will be incorrect if you have purposely mis-calibrated your torque. This is why we have rulers and micrometers in a machine shop. When somebody says five- thousandths, we all know what they mean! Dynos help improve a shop's bottom line by … …with a dynamometer you can make money by simply selling time. The less obvious ways are quality control and prod- uct development. When your engines are seen as reliable and competitive, you will reap the rewards. A dynamometer can also protect your bottom line by finding an issue before the engine leaves your shop. An unexpected benefit for shops offering dyno testing services is … …the satisfaction you get when you confidently draw a conclusion and have learned something. It is empowering when you have gained knowledge and can apply it to your products. Dyno ownership provides a tuning tool for both drivability and performance, while eliminating the need for street tests. (Photos courtesy Dynocom Industries) Dynocom Industries Fort Worth, Texas Allison Blackstein COO Our most popular dynamometer prod- uct is … …the 5000 Series chassis dynamom- eter. It's unbeatable because it offers the most mechanical features, including a four-bearing roller that is critical with "quad"-style dynamometers, and a CNC machine cut knurl on all four rollers. Plus it has a Frenelsa eddy brake (known to be one of the highest-quality brakes in the world) and stainless steel, safety stabilizer safety rollers, integrated LED work light, patent-pending taper shaft design and integrated cooling fans for the eddy cur- rent 2K load cell. Its best features include … …the price, and it's entirely (less the Frenelsa eddy brake, which comes from Spain) made in the USA with high-quality parts including SMC, Dodge, Gates, etc. For shops looking to add the service, the biggest misconception surrounding dynos is … …that you can operate it without training. Training is critical for any piece of capital equipment. We include training at our facility at no cost. Dynos help improve a shop's bottom line by … …providing a tuning tool for both drivability and performance. Dynos elimi- nate the need for street tuning, which is not only difficult to do but also unsafe. An unexpected benefit for shops offering dyno testing services is … …selling more parts. Dyno Dynamics Melbourne, Australia Ariane Evans Marketing and Sales Coordinator Our most popular dynamometer prod- uct is … PHBMAY.indd 40 4/2/14 11:28 AM

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