The history of industrial engines is important to understanding our product line. Since the 1940’s, the large U.S. automobile companies have sold their excess engine production into the industrial market. By doing this, the automobile companies kept their production lines busy and their employees working. The industrial market was the obvious place to absorb their excess engines, since the industrial marketplace had the demand and the auto companies had excess engines to sell. This was an ideal symbiotic relationship.
This worked for a long time, until early in the 21st Century when two important things happened, that dramatically changed the landscape. The first thing was something called “just in time” inventory control management. This made it possible for the automobile manufactures to produce just the correct number of engines that they needed—no more, no less! In other words, they no longer had excess engines to sell into the industrial marketplace.
The second thing that happened was the government started imposing more stringent mileage standards. In order to meet these standards, the automobile manufactures had to produce smaller and more efficient engines. In other words, industrial engine requirements, and what was needed in the automobile market, were going in opposite directions. Even if there were excess engines being produced, which there weren’t, they would be too small for the industrial market.
These two dynamics have caused a shortage of engines in the industrial market. HEC has done two things to match the needs of the industrial marketplace with its product line.
We have rebuilt two of the most popular Ford Engines (Ford 300 and the Ford 460 cu inch), which have been workhorses in industry for decades. We have made over 30 improvements to these engines making them more durable and efficient. This is particularly important, since we are experts in tuning engines to run on “alternative fuels”, such as hydrogen, natural gas, propane, syn-gas, landfill gas, etc. In addition, we have found it necessary to achieve higher levels of power, by increasing the amount of combustion displacement, therefore increasing the Ford 460 engine from 7.5 Liters to 9.4 Liters.
The second major change we have made was to create wet-sleeve engines that will eliminate the current dilemma and will eliminate the possibility of it happening in the future. Wet sleeves have been used with diesel engines for decades. We have brought an improved wet-sleeve technology to the traditional non-diesel market, which we use with our engines and gensets.
By replacing the near worn-out engines in the marketplace with these rebuilt wet-sleeve engines, a permanent solution is put in place. These engine blocks can be used and re-used over and over again by replacing the wet sleeves as needed. These engines can even be overhauled while in place, saving important time and expense.