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A Properly Designed Test Cell Can Reduce Time and Construction Costs

A proper design performed by an experienced test cell designer, who is familiar with the equipment and the application requirements, will pay off with significant construction and time savings. A proper design can reduce construction costs from 5 to 20% because contractors will then base their bids off an engineered design, thus eliminating inflated quotes for unknown risks.

When designing a test cell, there are many things to consider. One of these is your workflow. All aspects of workflow should be considered before the design is finalized. The following are examples of workflow considerations:

  • Transportation In and Out of the Test Cell: When looking at engine transportation, you must consider the engine itself, any carts or skids and equipment that moves the engine (tugger or forklift). The entire path from the rebuild area to the test cell (and back) needs to be evaluated to make sure that the system can fit through doorways, around corners, under overhead equipment and over any bumps or grade changes. Once in the test cell, you need to make sure that there is enough room to work around the engine during setup and removal. Remember, that after the test, the engine will be hot, so additional space around the engine may be needed. Clearance for the use of tools and space for hose routing including the required hose bend radius should also be considered.
  • Test Cell Maintenance: The test cell designer should also think about how the test cell will be maintained. Determine whether you can get the necessary equipment into the test cell to inspect and/or repair (even equipment that is ceiling-mounted). It is also important to think about what utilities will be required in the test cell for maintenance. For example, if a welder is required to perform pipe repair in the future, power will need to be available nearby.
  • Interactions Between Various Equipment: If you will be using a crane in the test cell, make sure you can position it where needed with the engine installed and connected. Also consider adequate space to connect charge air coolers and engine cooling.

Do you need help with your next test cell project? We can help. Contact us or click here to learn more about our Test Cell Design Services >>


VIDEO: Virtual Test Cell Tour - Inside and Out

View this quick video that illustrates a facility with 2 (Tandem) Engine Dynamometer Test Cells. The first cell includes a DL6K engine dyno 6,000 hp (4,474 kW) and the second cell is equipped with a DX3012 engine dyno 3,000 hp (2,237 kW). The video also includes a tour through the control room and indoor and outdoor facility support systems.

Are you interested in seeing a virtual model of your test cell before braking ground? Contact us to learn more.

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A Preassembled, Above Ground, Mobile Testing Solution

The Mobile Testing Center (MTC) is a containerized testing solution designed for outdoor applications.The MTC is comprised of 2 ISO containers. Container #1 includes a Test Cell and heated and air-conditioned Control Room. Container #2 is optional and includes facility support equipment such as Bulk Fuel Storage, Pneumatic System, Water Recirculation System (WRS), etc. Bulk Fuel Storage, Generator and Water Treatment System are optional equipment

Features of the MTC include:

  • 500, 1,000 and 1,500 hp (373, 746 and 1,119 kW) options available
  • Ships fully assembled, easy to transport with the use of a trailer
  • Test Cell Container #1 includes a Taylor Dynamometer Engine Dyno
  • Facility Support Container #2 is optional
  • Easy setup requires only two people using hand tools
  • Fully equipped with DynPro Data Acquisition and Control System and Engine Cart

Click here to learn more about the MTC >>

Container 1 includes a turnkey Test Cell complete with dyno, support equipment and engine cart. Along with a heated and air-conditioned Control Room.

Container 2 is optional and includes facility support equipment such as Bulk Fuel Storage, Pneumatic System, Water Recirculation Systems (WRS), etc.


Finalist in ‘Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin’ Contest

Taylor Dynamometer made it to the semi-finals for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) contest the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.” More than 30,000 votes were cast for 150 state nominees. The contest received nominations for products made in every corner of the state. Popular vote determined who made it into the Sweet 16 round by voting daily at MadeInWis.com. Taylor was honored to make the Sweet 16 and was then placed into a bracket-style tournament for Manufacturing Madness to go head-to-head against Oshkosh Corporation. Unfortunately, it was revealed on Tuesday, 9/26 that Taylor had lost out to Oshkosh. 

Voting continues this week for the Elite 8 with the final round of voting Oct. 10-16. The winner will be announced at the State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon on Oct. 16 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. 
A huge thank you to all our fans for voting!



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