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Fuel-Saving Converter's Results Drive Optimism
The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 09-24-08 | Debbie Blossom

Posted on 09/25/2008 5:27:04 PM PDT by Osage Orange

Wed September 24, 2008

Fuel-Saving Converter's Results Drive Optimism

By Debbie Blossom

Business Writer

With today's fuel prices, a nationwide focus has shifted to vehicles that can squeeze more miles out of a tank of gasoline.

And as American automakers push to produce cars and trucks sporting better gas mileage and fewer emissions, one local manufacturing company has created a fuel-saving converter that has proved it can produce better mileage while also helping improve air quality.

At Blumenthal Cos., a 59-year-old Oklahoma City company that remanufactures engines, a tested converter that boosts fuel savings came about almost by accident as the company grappled with extending the transmission lifespan on fleet trucks used by some of its customers.

Robert Yarbrough, senior general manager of Blumenthal's engines and automatics division, and employee Richard Walker were the chief designers who collaborated on the idea three years ago for a converter that would keep heavy-duty truck running longer.

"At UPS, they were burning up transmissions at 40,000 miles, and the first converter we designed prolonged that to 120,000 miles,” Yarbrough said.

Test results show big savings

From that initial discovery of fuel savings for big, half-ton trucks, next came designs that also would improve the performance of smaller, everyday vehicles.

The company acquired a patent for its power lock converter system a year ago and since then has put it through tests on different cars and trucks to gauge actual savings. What they found was an increase in mileage from 24 percent to 59 percent depending on a vehicle's make and model.

Trucks have been the focus, Yarbrough said, "because there are so many more, and they are the biggest gas guzzlers.”

The company invested $30,000 for the converter's patent and almost $275,000 just for converters for Ford engines. Its research determines that, so far, the converter can be installed in General Motors vehicles, Ford and Chrysler sport utility vehicles and rear-wheel drive cars, and Dodge diesel trucks.

At $695 installed, the converter's price "will pay for itself within six months in fuel savings,” Yarbrough said.

Although Blumenthal just now is starting to market the converter, the company already is targeting cities and law enforcement agencies as potential customers. The converter is installed in two cars at both the Stillwater and Duncan police departments, as well as two cars used by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

What's next for Blumenthal?

All the converter's parts are made in Oklahoma, Blumenthal marketing director Harry Brown said, but the company wants to take the product beyond state lines.

"We're trying to get companies like Napa Ford to pick this up to get the converter into the automotive aftermarket,” Yarbrough said, and the company is in discussion with Ford Motor Co. and Mopar, the parts division of Chrysler Corp. "The more we sell, the more we can put into research and development.”

As the company works to bring heavy-duty engine applications to more car brands, it is also involved in research into other areas, including hydrogen fuel alternatives.

Test results

A 2003 Ford Crown Victoria was tested over 5,633 miles and showed a gas mileage increase of 44.7 percent; a 2000 Crown Victoria tested by the Duncan Police Department saw a gas mileage increase of 21 percent, and a 2004 model tested by the Comanche Nation police saw its gas mileage improve from 17.77 miles per gallon to 27.73 mpg, or 56 percent.

On average, vehicles tested for mileage with the converter had almost 14 mpg before the installation and 20.4 mpg after the converter was added, the company reported, bringing the average savings to 46.23 percent. Vehicles used 1,794 gallons of gas before adding the converter, and only 1,227 with the converter, a 25,000-mile test showed.

That's an average of 567 gallons less per year, and calculated at $3.50 a gallon for gas, that's a saving of $1,985.87 per vehicle each year.

Source: Blumenthal Cos.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: economy; energy; fuel; gas; transportation

1 posted on 09/25/2008 5:27:05 PM PDT by Osage Orange
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To: Osage Orange

Why not simply license this to GM, Ford and Chrysler? If it is that good these guys would pay a mint for it. I’m skeptical.


2 posted on 09/25/2008 5:32:03 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Osage Orange

We’re talking torque converter, right?


3 posted on 09/25/2008 5:35:00 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: InterceptPoint
Trust but verify...works for me too.

I think they just sort of fell into this fairly recently....

I'm guessing if it's all on the up and up...they know what they are sitting on.

I will follow.........

4 posted on 09/25/2008 5:40:18 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Rudder
That's what it sounds like to me also.........

There was a picture in my paper..and that's what it looked like to me.

5 posted on 09/25/2008 5:41:26 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Osage Orange
I'm skeptical. If that much energy were being lost through the torque convertor, it would burn up.

Hmm... that's what it did.

6 posted on 09/25/2008 5:57:09 PM PDT by AZLiberty (You can't power the U.S. economy on Democrat snake oil.)
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To: AZLiberty
I dunno how they are getting these results....but I will follow along.

It's interesting fer sure..........

7 posted on 09/25/2008 5:59:48 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Osage Orange

“I’m guessing if it’s all on the up and up...they know what they are sitting on.”

There is no sitting on it ... Patents ARE public ... if this does what they are claiming, the Chinese would be cranking them out already.


8 posted on 09/25/2008 6:12:16 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: Osage Orange
I quickly checked out the specs on some fuel-efficient cars and found about a 5 - 8% difference in estimated mileage between a standard transmission vs an automatic. With the clutch out, a standard gives a direct mechanical connection between engine and drive train. I can't figure out where this new device gets (what, 42%?) its reported advantage.

It's almost like energy from nothing.

9 posted on 09/25/2008 6:30:03 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: Osage Orange

bmflr


10 posted on 09/25/2008 7:00:11 PM PDT by Kevmo (Obama Birth Certificate is a Forgery. http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/certifigate/index?tab=articles)
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To: Rudder

There simply is not enough exisiting energy loss through the drivetrain to support these dubious claims.


11 posted on 09/25/2008 7:03:12 PM PDT by beagleone
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To: InterceptPoint

Ping for later review.


12 posted on 09/25/2008 7:14:19 PM PDT by huskerjim
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To: InterceptPoint
If they want to take it to the next level, they should package this with the Temple University fuel saving device posted about earlier today... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2090317/posts

With the high cost of gasoline and diesel fuel impacting costs for automobiles, trucks, buses and the overall economy, a Temple University physics professor has developed a simple device which could dramatically improve fuel efficiency as much as 20 percent.

According to Rongjia Tao, Chair of Temple's Physics Department, the small device consists of an electrically charged tube that can be attached to the fuel line of a car's engine near the fuel injector. With the use of a power supply from the vehicle's battery, the device creates an electric field that thins fuel, or reduces its viscosity, so that smaller droplets are injected into the engine. That leads to more efficient and cleaner combustion than a standard fuel injector, he says.

13 posted on 09/25/2008 7:23:14 PM PDT by Maximum Leader (run from a knife, close on a gun)
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To: Osage Orange

The converter allows slip and that generates heat. They tightened up the converter thus allowing the tranny to live longer. Graphs of tranny failure vs ATF temperature are staggering.

There are a number of manufacturers that are offering tighter converters.

However the numbers do not add up. There is not that much difference between an automatic and standard tranny in mileage.


14 posted on 09/25/2008 7:30:42 PM PDT by Clay Moore (Newspapers, the 8 track tape of the information age.)
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To: IncPen

ping


15 posted on 09/26/2008 1:04:21 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: RS
Yes, patents are public.

But do they have schematics and design drawings?

16 posted on 09/26/2008 3:03:19 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Rudder
Heck if I know....I just thought it interesting.

We shall see where it leads...

17 posted on 09/26/2008 3:05:09 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Osage Orange

Not sure your point -

Obviously the drawings, schematics, descriptions and such have to be detailed enough to show specifically what it is that makes this different enough from existing designs to warrant a patent.


18 posted on 09/26/2008 3:24:19 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS
These details are open knowledge....?

I am asking....as I really don't know.

Do you?

19 posted on 09/26/2008 3:50:31 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: Osage Orange

Thanx for the article.Can’t comment on the veracity of the claims as i’m not an engineer-so the mechanics/physics of the device is a little over my head.Hope it works as good as they say.Just imagine the savings for consumers.


20 posted on 09/27/2008 8:43:12 AM PDT by Thombo2
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To: Osage Orange

http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/7080720/claims.html


21 posted on 09/27/2008 8:53:23 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: Osage Orange

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7080720.html?query=Blumenthal+Convertor&stemming=on


22 posted on 09/27/2008 9:41:29 AM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS
Wow...I had no idea all that would be public.

Heck...in the days of "knock-offs" everywhere...especially China..it would seem this info wouldn't be "that" available.

Thanks

23 posted on 09/27/2008 1:56:34 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
Note: this topic is from September. This has nothing to do with hoaxes regarding using water to make hydrogen gas to then burn in the gasoline. :')
24 posted on 10/11/2008 9:27:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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