ZEISS instruments in the ECR quality lab

August 28, 2017 ZEISS Microscopy

Producing engines for champions requires absolute precision

ECR Engines is a high-performance engine production and development company that has earned over 250 victories in NASCAR racing series including the legendary Daytona 500. The company extracts the maximum performance from conventional V8 engines by relentlessly engineering parts to find every possible bit of incremental improvement and through systematic quality inspection of all failure prone parts. Over the last few years, ECR Engines has replaced their equipment from other vendors and is now operates exclusively with ZEISS instruments.

“The two best things about our experience with Zeiss have been the quality and dependability of the tools and the level of service and support that we’ve received. It’s been far past our expectations. Both of those things have translated to competitive advantage for us on the race track.” Jim Suth, Quality Manager – ECR Engines

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ZEISS Microscopy Systems for Inspection, Surface Analysis, and Materials Research

Like auto racing, research also deserves the best tools to help to identify those all-important, incremental performance improvements in materials and processes. Learn more about the unrivaled ZEISS portfolio of high-precision instruments used in the ECR quality lab:

ZEISS Stereo Discovery.V20 stereo microscope for:

  • New component visual inspection
  • Defect analysis, e.g. contamination, corrosion pitting, scratches, mechanical damage
  • Automated acquisition of large-area images

ZEISS Smartzoom 5 digital microscope for:

  • Component wear inspection
  • Inspection of super-finished reflective surfaces
  • Correlative microscopy to define regions of interest for further SEM examination

ZEISS Smartproof 5 confocal microscope for:

  • Non-contact surface finish characterization of soft materials
  • Defect and porosity analysis of bearings
  • Correlative measurement in combination with tactile methods

ZEISS Axio Observer 7 integrated metallografic microscope system for:

  • New material and coating characterization for critical engine applications
  • Particle analysis, e.g. alloy cleanliness, dry-film lubricants, hard thin film coatings

ZEISS EVO MA 25 scanning electron microscope for:

  • Failure analysis of components like springs, bolts and valves
  • Particle analysis, e.g. piston skirt wear, bearing wear, valve seat wear, oil pump wear
  • Chemical analysis


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