October 07, 2009 12:31 ET

Breaking News: K&N Filters Uses Tinius Olsen Tensile Machines for Broad Spectrum of Destructive Testing

HORSHAM, PA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - K&N Engineering, Inc., the Riverside, CA-based manufacturer of high performance air and oil filters, has been proving and improving the quality of its products using Tinius Olsen materials testing machines since 2006. According to Jonathan Fiello, who heads the in-house lab, K&N employs its bench-top T-series 50k universal testing machine to test virtually every material, component, and aspect of its filters. "We use our Tinius Olsen machine for just about any tensile test we can apply. We have two 5,000 lb load cells, as well as some smaller units, and as long as we have the right grips, we can QC each part and overall assembly and document performance." K&N tests everything from the bond strength of its adhesives, to the wire layers of its filters, to mold release characteristics, to tear strength of urethane and rubber specimens, to warranty claims. The latter was one of the first applications of the Tinius Olsen UTM when Fiello was asked to document the point of product failure of one of the company's filters to show that it could not possibly have been a contributing factor in an auto accident liability case. The clear results enabled K&N to win in court.

"Our business is all about increasing performance," notes Fiello. "And the wide and detailed range of data we get through materials and parts testing on our Tinius Olsen machines enables us to develop and offer ongoing filter product improvements. Plus, although this is a bench-top model, it is a big machine and rugged enough to handle all that we ask it to do."

K&N Engineering, of Riverside, California, is the inventor and leading innovator of reusable cotton gauze filter technology for automotive applications. From humble beginnings as a family run business over 35 years ago, K&N Engineering, now a truly global company with offices in the U.K. and the Netherlands, continues to exist as a family owned business with an enthusiast mindset and a direct connection with motor sports that carries over throughout all levels of management and manufacturing. Today, K&N exists as both the sales and brand leader for performance filters, and maintains a stocking catalogue of over 3,500 part numbers, including an extensive line of both factory replacement drop-in filters, FIPK (Fuel Injection Performance Kit) applications, and its line of innovative Performance Gold oil filters.

Tinius Olsen is a global provider of materials testing solutions (equipment, software, and calibration services) with 125 years of testing experience. For more information, contact: Tinius Olsen, 1065 Easton Road, Horsham, PA 19044 USA, (215) 675-7100, Fax (215) 441-0899, www.TiniusOlsen.com. Or: K&N Engineering, Inc., 1455 Citrus Street, Riverside, CA 92507, (800) 858-3333, Fax (951) 826-4003, www.knfilters.com.

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Contact Information

  • Press Contacts:

    Wayne Hayward
    Marketing Manager
    Tinius Olsen
    (215) 675-7100
    Email Contact

    Jonathan Fiello
    Lab Manager
    K&N Engineering, Inc.
    (951) 826-4000 x4415
    Email Contact

    Dan Ditzler
    Newton Associates
    (610) 964-9300
    Email Contact