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Topic 1:  If you haven't signed up yet, now is your chance.  Harold mcCormick will be conducting a SAE class on Piston and Ring Design/Materials, with a focus on recently developed materials on cylinder finish quantification and oil ring tension measurements.  this course is currently scheduled for thursday-Friday, October 2-3.  Contact the SAE Learning Center at to register. 

Select:  Class Schedule / Opportunities by Date, then search by date

Select the registration icon. 

Topic 2:  Customers that use the CKE SEE 3-D Three-Dimensional Surface Evaluation service provide a wide range of cylinder and piston sizes to analyze.

the CKE SEE 3-D System has the capability to analyze very large and very small cylinder and piston surfaces.  Recently the ranges were from 1.45" to 17.75".  Will Pisoni and Josh Mandernach (Cke Engineers) are seen here using the SEE 3-D replicator in a large cylinder.  Will also conducted piston groove finish analysis on the piston shown below which fits inside the palm of your hand. 




The SEE 3-D® "I" Industrial system is designed to examine the surface finish in very small bores that are difficult to measure.  With this device, CKE has created a surface measurement system that can reach where no profilometer can.  This replicator is practical for use by operators on the production floor.  (Range 0.37" and above)


The SEE 3-D® "A" Automotove system measures small and large bores typically found in the automotive and large diesel industries.  The replicator is designed to be flexible and adjust to all sizes of cylinders both vertically and horizontally.  (2.5" and above)


Topic 3:  the CKE See 3-D Three-Dimensional Surface evaluation system not only quantifies over 30 specific finish values, but also quantifies torn and folded material as well as porosity and cross hatch angle. 

Torn and folded material can disrupt proper sealing or act as an abrasive that leads to premature wear in an engine.

Work done recently for a CKE customer using the SEE 3-D Surface Evaluation System enabled CKE to expand and further automate the ability to identify and quantify torn and folded material using proprietary algorithms that can replicate a standardized manual process with greater precision and far less time.  See TR Report 359



The CKE SEE 3-D Three-Dimensional Surface Evaluation system is offered to customers in 3 ways:

1.  As a product for sale which includes the replication unit, the ZeGage interferometer and Windows 7 computer with CKE proprietary SEE 3-D software.

2.  As a Service whereby the customer can purchase the replicator and replicate materials.  Make the replicates in house and have CKE profide the analysis.

3.  As a service whereby the customer can send the cylinder blocks to CKE for replication and analysis. 

See CKE SEE 3-D product information.

CKE will begin producing monthly newsletters starting this month, August, 2014.

CKE appreciates the opportunity to provide Cylinder Kit tecnhologies, products and services.

Best Regards,

Harold McCormick



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Quarterly News Brief - Q1 2013 featured the PROMPT model to improve OIL CONSUMPTION, BLOW-BY OR FRICTION in Cylinder Kits.  The CKE team welcomes the opportunity to review the CKE PROMPT model with you. 

A 4th generation Cylinder Kit Model that has evolved over 30 years to analyze over 40 dimensional variables of Cylinder Kit performance.  Results are used to minimize:

  • Oil Consumption
  • Blowby
  • Friction

The PROMPT methodology has been sucessfully applied to improve performance of:

  • Small industrial/lawn engines
  • Automotive engines
  • Diesel engines - large and small
  • High performance race engines

Please contact a CKE representative to discuss the attributes of this powerful tool:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 636-3331



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CKE Announces New Upgrade Package for Tangential Tension Gage

C-K Engineering, Inc. recently announced a new upgrade package for customers using the CKE Tangential Tension Gage.  This gage is used for precision digital measurement of piston ring tension.  Engine performance characteristics affected by ring tangential tension include:  Oil consumption, Horsepower (friction loss) and Cylinder Bore distress.  The new upgrade has been designed for greater precision and longevity in a rugged manufacturing environment.  It features:

  • 64 bit Intel Dual Core Tower PC
  • Widows 7 Ultimate Operating System
  • Upgraded CKE T-T Gage Software Programs v.12
  • Precision Displacement Sensor and computer card
  • Mark 10 Series 5 load cell and cable

JE Piston's Dave Fussner reported:  "We observed stellar results with the new upgrade." 

Notices have been delivered to all known users, but some have changed hands.  If you have a CKE Tangential Tension Gage or would like to have a new precision T-T Gage, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Do you know that the T-T Gage can help you determine the source of oil loss?


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