This prestigious award is in recognition of the research, development and successful market launch of the innovative RYCO RCC350 Crankcase Filter.
“The company was excited to take the 3rd in category win against some very big names especially as there were more than 800 entries from Australia and New Zealand. The outcome is a win for our customers and a great compliment to the professional approach RYCO Filters takes in the development of new and innovative products that lead the market,” commented RYCO Filters General Manager Engineering and Innovation, Alastair Hampton.
“Using our close relationship with trade customers and mechanics who could articulate the issues they were experiencing we uncovered several existing solutions which were either illegal or were completely ineffective and complex,” he said. “The trade clearly required an innovative solution that was easy to fit to a wide range of vehicles that offered effective filtration of these harmful gasses along with large capacity storage,” he said.
The Product Development Journey
During operation, engines develop high internal pressures that must be released to avoid problems. This pressure build-up is a mixture of harmful gasses such as oil vapour, that are vented to the engine via the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve to the engine’s air intake system to prevent these emissions reaching the atmosphere. Over an extended period this gas mixture sets on the inside walls of the intake system, preventing the engine from breathing properly. This results in a reduction in engine power, an increase in fuel consumption and can lead to expensive maintenance.
The RYCO development team set about designing a filter system that connects to the vehicle’s engine PCV emission system allowing the harmful engine gases to flow through to a specially designed filter. This would trap the contaminants such as fine oil droplets and coalesces them into larger droplets which then fall into a special storage sump for safe disposal. A number of 3D printed samples printed on site at the Ryco HQ were used for early testing and to mechanics customer feedback.
To meet the widest possible range of vehicle applications 4 different housing orientations were developed to fit various engine bays and a mounting bracket was specially designed to facilitate easy removal of the unit for inspection and servicing. A drain tap is included for easy draining or an optional drain tube can be added with a secondary tap if a remote drain option is required by the customer.