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post Jun 17 2019, 02:40 PM
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One of our main customers is making a series of videos about us, here is part 1.

https://youtu.be/Jr6qk5wCPEQ


They have some more about us HERE that aren't part of the same series.

I know some of you won't be interested but some of you have an engineering background and may like it.

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post Jun 17 2019, 04:02 PM
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Cool.
These are high performance racing pistons, correct?
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post Jun 17 2019, 04:27 PM
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Thanks for your interest Ken smile.gif

Those particular ones aren't super high performance but they are for race and mainly go in the classic Mini race cars. We do some for a Subaru Impreza for Roger Clark Motorsport for there Time Attack car that has nearly 800bhp for a 2 litre 4 cylinder, it's called the https://rogerclarkmotorsport.co.uk/gobstopper-II

Until the rule changes every factory racing Ducati in the world had our pistons in, from BSB, WSBK, AMA, Moto GP. Casey Stoner won his Moto GP World title using our pistons, Carl Fogarty won every one of his WSBK titles with our pistons.

Check us out at www.omegapistons.com wink.gif

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post Jun 17 2019, 06:36 PM
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Cool, I noticed the guy was so comfortable with all the heat around him. Looks actually like a dangerous place for one not aware.


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post Jun 17 2019, 08:08 PM
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Thanks Mertay,

Yeah, Jason has been doing it a long time, he does a great job, experience is key. On some of the more difficult jobs like the Ducati World Super Bike pistons which are a full cross braced slipper at 112mm (4.4") with a lot of detail the tooling has to be heated up after every TWO forgings, some of the simpler ones only need heating up after thirty or forty forgings. Knowing how and where to apply the lubricant for some of the complex ones is a skill in itself. It's one of those jobs that look simple, which it is when it is going well but the skill comes in when things aren't going well for one reason or another.

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 17 2019, 12:08 PM) *
It's one of those jobs that look simple, which it is when it is going well but the skill comes in when things aren't going well for one reason or another.


How fast and how effectively can you recover. And how consistently can you do that.

Playing music live is like that.
It ain't the mistakes, it's the recovery.
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Jun 17 2019, 07:50 PM) *
How fast and how effectively can you recover. And how consistently can you do that.

Playing music live is like that.
It ain't the mistakes, it's the recovery.


I thought of guitar factories when Phil66 made that comment. I see a lot machines in such video's but reality is maybe 90% of the production is made by hand.


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post Jun 17 2019, 09:57 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Jun 17 2019, 07:50 PM) *
How fast and how effectively can you recover. And how consistently can you do that.

Playing music live is like that.
It ain't the mistakes, it's the recovery.


Thanks Ken, it's nice to see you and Mertay interested cool.gif

On a good day with a forging that is easy to work, Jason has done over 500 forgings in an 8 hour shift which if you remove two 15 minute tea breaks it's seven and a half hours with a lunch break of thirty minutes which isn't part of the shift but does mean getting going again.

A more complex one like a large fly cross braced slipper type forging might only be eight or ninety in the same time due to the amount of reheating required but rest assured, when it's like that Jason is cutting and aiming the billets ready for the next day. Induction heating would be the best solution but huge expense and a lot of modification to the press.

FYI, that press was built to our specification using the lessons we learnt from our first bits and pieces press made from bits and bobs from various presses that the press engineer could find. The current one cost us £180,000 in 1992. Today with all of the tooling like the dies and punches it would cost around £1,000,000 to set up, obviously we have done it over a period of 25 years which spreads the cost nicely wink.gif

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Most folks don't know that most racing engines are made in England, not in Italy smile.gif

QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jun 17 2019, 09:40 AM) *
One of our main customers is making a series of videos about us, here is part 1.

https://youtu.be/Jr6qk5wCPEQ


They have some more about us HERE that aren't part of the same series.

I know some of you won't be interested but some of you have an engineering background and may like it.

Cheers

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Here is another one they have done, this time about the prototyping. Not done at our factory though but interesting all the same.

https://youtu.be/6-86UZLeFxE


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Number 3, again not in the workshop.
https://youtu.be/Z9uU9l34lx4


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