Technology Development Centre

In 1997 Recochem purchased Dow Chemical's automotive and heavy-duty diesel engine coolant technology. This led to an extensive expansion at our Edmonton, Alberta plant including construction of a blending facility and an engine coolant Technology Development Centre. This specialized state-of-the-art laboratory is devoted to the development and testing of innovative coolants technology. It functions as both a performance and analytical testing facility, featuring ASTM approved equipment that allows us to develop new coolant products for today’s demanding market needs.

Many of these tools focus on product development and evaluating the corrosion mechanisms related to engine components, allowing us to engineer products meeting or exceeding industry standards. We are uniquely positioned to continue expanding our coolant fluid knowledge and, as a result, our product line by developing coolant technology with enhanced performance and cost effectiveness, critical to our OEM and aftermarket customers alike.
A partial listing of our capabilities:

Coolant Performance Testing Available

ASTM D1384   Glassware Corrosion Test
ASTM D2570   Simulated Service Corrosion Test
ASTM D4340   Heat Rejecting Aluminum Corrosion Test
ASTM D2809   Aluminum Water Pump Cavitation & Erosion Test
ASTM D1177   Engine Coolant Freeze Point Determination Test

Chemical Analysis Equipment Available

Ion Chromatography (IC) - Analysis technique used to identify and quantify coolant composition, typically corrosion inhibitors, containments and corrosion products
Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) - Analysis technique used to identify presence and quantity of metals in coolant
Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) - Analysis technique used to identify and quantify coolant composition, typically degradation products
Gas Chromatography (GC) - Analysis technique used to identify and quantify coolant composition, typically glycol and other volatiles
 

 

These resources afford unparalleled technical support to our worldwide customer base for all our engine coolant technologies. Combined with our experienced laboratory and product development personnel, we are able to resolve in-field coolant related issues, a critical advantage to our customers and of particularly important to fleet owners and maintenance managers of heavy machinery. 
 

Recochem frequently invites customers to tour our Technology Development Center to see our capabilities in action.