TCCI – July 2017 Newsletter

T/CCI Air Brake Technology Combats Oil Passing

In air brake systems, the heart of a proper functioning system is the compressor itself, by which the work of the air compression is done. In designing compressors to perform the work necessary, there are many factors such as compression volume, heat of compression and oil passage.

Oil passage is the result of crankcase oil that passes the rings and leaves the compressor with the compressed air. Under normal conditions, with the proper design, the amount of oil lost to the air system is minimal. When high enough levels of oil passage (or blowby) occur, it results in “coking” of the valve plate assembly along with contaminating the air system up to the reservoir tanks. Under extreme coking conditions, the discharge line cross-section is reduced enough to restrict the airflow, which results in longer duty cycle times, higher discharge air temperature and further contamination of the air brake system.

T/CCI has made great strides in reduction of oil passage by building compressors with tighter piston, bore and ring tolerances that in lab testing, has shown less than 25% of the oil passage from our competitor’s rebuilt product. The reduction in oil passage is in part because new compressors are not subject to the worn cylinders of a used compressor. The choice is clear—use a new compressor that exceeds the standards for performance, durability and oil passage required by the heavy-duty market or suffer the consequences of using a worn out compressor with few new parts added in the rebuilding.

Brand reman vs brand new

T/CCI’s line of air brake compressors cost 10-25% less than other brand’s remanufactured offerings—but without compromising on quality. We feature world-class technology and engineering with diversified compressor designs that deliver high performance braking power, high efficiency with minimized air contamination and a global support network. Designed to handle more load under higher pressure that lasts longer than competitors, our high quality air brake compressors deliver durability.

John Chan Sees an Energy-Efficient Future for Industry

Describe your role with T/CCI. 
I serve as both the Manager of the Asia Pacific Region and the General Manager of the Ningbo facility. My day-to-day responsibilities range from general and overall management of the manufacturing operations in the Ningbo facility to sales and networking with international customers and prospective customers.

What’s been your best experience working for T/CCI?
Being able to personally witness and enjoy the dynamic growth and expansion of our organization and its product offerings both in my territory and internationally has been an amazing experience and highlight of my career.

What opportunities do you see in the industry?
There is a huge opportunity to adopt more energy saving and energy efficient alternative products—gradually replacing traditional belt-driven vehicle components and accessories. T/CCI anticipates these trends in order to respond to the new demands of our climate subsequent regulation throughout our industry.  

How have your experiences/knowledge from past roles shaped your experience in your current role?
Prior to working for T/CCI, I was employed for over 20 years at Chicago law firms. The discipline, precision and zero-tolerance for mistakes common in law firms undoubtedly helped me to manage and structure the range of responsibility entrusted in me as the general manager of a manufacturing operation. It’s a much more dynamic environment that requires the ability to adapt.

Farm Progress Show 2017

Join T/CCI at the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, the Farm Progress Show, in Decatur, Illinois. The 2017 show will be held August 29th-31st. T/CCI will be hosting the exhibitor dinner on Tuesday, August 29th.