Ford Motor Company

Panther Diesel Engine Hot Run Facility


Turnkey Panther Hot Run test facility for production testing Panther 2.0L diesel engines.

  • 2 engine test cells housed in a purpose designed 40’ ISO container with acoustic attenuation
  • Each cell is protected against fire hazard with a water sprinkler system, infra-red flash detectors and heat sensors.
  • Gas monitoring sensors detecting fuel or exhaust gas leaks
  • Each cell has bespoke engine coolant and fuel systems. The engine is checked for leaks before fluids are allowed into the engine.  During the test, the circuits are carefully monitored for pressure and temperature control.
  • Located between the 2 test cells is a shared service room housing the fuel and coolant system, the pneumatic and nitrogen system and the controlling electrical systems.
  • Each cell includes an electrical enclosure housing the electronic controls, switch systems and isolation. In here, the field wiring is terminated and distributed for sequence control of all engine and safety services.
  • Aligned to the test cell architecture the control system includes a Siemens S7 PLC and Win CC SCADA HMI designed and built to appropriate Ford Standards.
  • Engine test information is recorded on the Ford Quality system for reporting and stamped with test time, date and serial number
  • Each cell includes a HMI, the controls interface for the operator. Guiding the operator through the engine test sequence while at the same time displaying in real time information about the engine on test.
  • Dedicated PCM interface boxes with industrial quick connectors are provided for connecting the engine to the electronic management systems.
  • Engines are fitted to purpose made engine test trolleys. The engines are loaded outside the test cell and prepared for test. Starter motors are clamped into position.  Guards are closed and interlocked for safe usage.
  • The trolley is then pushed into the test cell ready for final connections and engine testing.
  • Each cell has a test stand with dedicated quick release fluid connectors

Extensive in-house testing and calibration to ensure minimum installation and commissioning time is spent on-site.