Posted 16th September 2022
SMP Europe, suppliers of the Lucas Engine Management and Ignition range, have exhibited the latest products available to customers at Automechanika Frankfurt. With over 50 years experience in design and manufacturing, SMP Europe provides quality and dependable products for the historic and recognisable Lucas brand.
SMP Europe’s Engineering Centre of Excellence, based in Nottingham is at the forefront of the industry. Composed of experts across a number of specialist fields, the team leads the aftermarket in product development. Working from a combination of VIO data, Vehicle testing and existing OE component exploration, our engineers utilise the latest technologies (including CAD, 3D Scanning and 3D printing) to develop prototypes faster than previously possible. Once a product has reached the prototype phase, it follows an extensive test and development programme until it reaches the high standards required to release it to the market as a final product.
Investment into the latest 3D scanning and printing technologies, combined with on vehicle inspection, reverse engineering and testing of existing components has rapidly sped up SMP Europe’s research and design processes. By utilizing state of the art machinery products move from digital concept to working prototype very quickly, allowing testing and developments to take place much faster. This means SMP Europe has industry leading concept to validation times without compromising on the quality and performance of a product.
All manufactured products for the Lucas range must go through extensive quality validation processes before being signed off for production release. This includes testing on bespoke equipment, designed, built and maintained by SMP Europe. The conditions and variables are bespoke to the product requirements, but a typical process includes; Thermal Shock, Durability, Vibration and Electronic function testing. Further tests such as salt mist, impact and pressure seal testing are administered where appropriate also. A ‘no fault forward’ approach is taken, where product failure means it returns for further research and development. All manufactured products also go through end of line testing on further bespoke equipment, manufactured Air Mass Meters and EGR Valves are given a unique pass certificate for peace of mind.
Modern vehicles are increasingly reliant on engine management system components such as ignition parts to operate efficiently and effectively. Functions such as ignition timing, fuelling, and emissions are all controlled by the engine control unit (ECU), which relies on accurate readings from a multitude of sensors to operate these functions at the optimum level. Failure of any engine management component can lead to issues with fuel efficiency, driveability, or some cases prevent running altogether.
Thanks to our long association with mechanical ignition parts means, our ranges are constantly introduced and updated to keep pace with modern engine management system developments. We offer expert technical support and extensive range coverage. All products are tested at our in-house facility. Below are some highlights of our extensive range:
EGR valves reduce harmful nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions from the exhaust. NOX is produced when combustion temperatures exceed 2500°F and nitrogen reacts with oxygen. Lucas offers options of either remanufactured or re-engineered EGR valves. Electronic components and ignition parts
The Lucas range covers a comprehensive range of sensors to monitor engine position, exhaust pressure, accelerator pedal, MAP and boost pressure, temperature, exhaust gas, knock, level and throttle position.
The air mass meter (AMM), also known as mass air flow sensor (MAF) is a key component of the engine management system. It relays information about the volume of air entering the engine control unit (ECU).
Our comprehensive range has over 900 lead sets and leads, including resistive, wire wound, copper and universal sets. All are exceptionally durable and offer trouble free, long life performance.
The ignition coil transforms the battery voltage (usually 12 volts) to at least the 10,000 volts necessary to produce a spark at the plugs, and in some applications as much as 40,000 volts. Lucas offers a competitive solution for every type of coil in the market, with more than 475 references. Please click the relevant sections to find out more about the complete range of products. More about Lucas EGR valves