SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) has developed a new Champion ® FB-M18 iridium spark plug for large stationary engine applications, utilizing compressed natural gas (CNG), landfill-gas, or biogas fuels. The industrial spark plug's new design offers to the power generation sector an optimal combination of extended life and high value.
Large industrial gas engines are used to operate electricity generators and large industrial compressors. The operators demand the ultimate in reliable service with increased service life intervals, minimal service downtime and low operating costs. Engine operating conditions are becoming harsher as cylinder pressures, internal engine temperatures and the use of new and more corrosive fuels are on the rise. Federal-Mogul's new Champion FB-M18 industrial spark plug successfully meets these challenges with a combination of innovation and value."We have integrated advanced technologies from our premium spark plug designs into a high-performance, very durable and real-value product for industrial applications," said Richard Llope, Federal-Mogul vice president and business director, Global Ignition, Powertrain Energy. "The result is a strong-performing product that has long-term compatibility with a variety of fuels and for a range of applications around the world." The new Champion FB-M18 spark plug provides improved heat release and superb durability due to the design of both electrodes, which feature enlarged cores and greater cross-sectional area. The ground electrode features a grain-stabilized platinum alloy tip for reduced material degradation at extreme temperatures. The center electrode is constructed of iridium alloy, which further adds to the plug's durability. The revised positioning and orientation of both electrodes provides much better spark efficiency and improved gap wear. Federal-Mogul uses advanced modulated laser welding techniques to create consistent and robust hermetic bonds between the various dissimilar metals and alloys in the electrodes, ensuring increased durability.