#measuringhero | Episode 68: Lets meet a #measuringhero!

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hey #measuringhero, Jay here. Today I thought we  would introduce a new series called meet the #measuringhero.

so in order to start, we thought we  would come back to our friends at ECR Engines and meet our friend Aaron. Aaron, thanks for doing  this with us for our first episode of meet the #measuringhero. Proud to be number one. Nice, nice. So today what we want to do is really just kind of profile and meet you guys the #measuringheroes, so if you want lets just start with who are you and and where do you work, what do you do? Sure my name is Aaron White I work at ECR Engines  and Im a quality engineer at ECR and do a  lot of different things in the metrology spectrum completely certified on CALYPSO to do  all of our CMM programming, everything to running blue light scanners and roundness  machines, surface finish and form a lot of our metallography work as well and  all the way down to electron microscope. Wow! Yeah its an extremely diverse portfolio.  You definitely run the gamut you dont you dont swim in one lane for sure. No, not at all. And I know you kind of gloss over a little bit about oh I just run this equipment but  you actually at ECR engines you guys dont work on just any old product, right. No, no we design and produce NASCAR Cup series engines and the quality department here at ECR is really  the beginning and the end of that that cycle we measure incoming parts, including all of our  test parts and we also do all of our own failure analysis in-house to develop those processes. Yeah so you actually get to not only you know, do all the measuring to make sure you do  good work but you also get to sleuth around if something fails. Well take components to failure  sometimes just identify the weakness if you will and once we determine what that is, all  that in-house, then we can make the changes that we need to give those critical components to last even longer. Break it on purpose, so you can make one that didnt break. All the time.   Yeah, thats super cool. What, actually because you have such a cool job that Im  sure a lot of people out there would aspire to can you can you touch on what your background is. How did you get, I mean how did you get to this job. Yeah, so my familys always been in racing  and I knew at a really young age that I wanted to do something in racing and what that meant was  that I needed a mechanical engineering degree. So I went to university of North Carolina at Charlotte and got a mechanical engineering degree with a concentration in motorsports of course and  Ive been at ECR now for going on eight years.  wow, wow. So ECR plucked your talent young. Yeah I actually ended up working at ECR before I ever even graduated, so I worked the  last three or four months of school up at ECR a couple days a week. Oh thats great, thats great. What an amazing experience so Im sure if these walls could talk they would  they would tell some really cool stories, but is there any one story about  some of the work that youve seen or some  some parts that youve seen that off the top of your head that you know theres a lot of different parts that some are I dont want to say more critical or that, but dimensions vary very heavily down to, you know tenths of a thou and so yeah we definitely have a lot of critical components in here that we work very diligently to measure those parts you know climate-controlled room and everything  like I said weve got an SCM over here in the corner thats at every NASCAR shop out there, but individual components maybe not nothings like jumping right out at that but honestly just  a little bit of everything. Its really incredible that the level of detail that we go  to make sure these engines run for four hours straight at 9000 rpm and never have a hiccup. Before I let you go I want to do one last thing and that is would you play the #measuringhero quiz with us? Lets do it. All right lets do it. Welcome to the #measuringhero quiz.

okay yall to recap what were gonna do here  Im gonna ask our guest two questions the  first one is about general metrology or something you might have learned watching these VLOGs the  second one is about life or culture in germany and then I will turn it over and let you Aaron ask me a question and try to and probably stump me Im gonna work on it. You ready? Yep. Okay!  First question: earlier you mentioned that you  run a scanning electron microscope - thats true scanning electron microscopes resolve down to a) millimeters b) nanometers or c) angstroms Im gonna go with nanometers. And you would be right. All right. All right, youre one for one, all right cool, cool. All right, the second one. Ready for this one? No hope on this one. The song winds of change was  written by which german band? a) Falco which are actually austrian b) Ramstein c) NENA or d) the scorpions Im going with b) Ramstein. And we got you stumped, its actually d) the scorpion That was the band that I recognized that was the one I was going to go with. Right now all of my german  colleagues are freaking out because everyone knows the scorpions wind of change over there. Sorry! All right my friend now its your turn.  All right Ill give you a hint because  weve got a little bit of math involved so well see how quick you are with math.  Okay, in a NASCAR Cup engine at 9000 rpm - okay how many times per second does the piston travel  to the bottom of the bore and back to the top? Revolutions per minute. So, 9 000 revolutions per minute. So, 9 000 divided by 60 right? So that is, oh god was that 150 times?  2 - 300? I dont know man Im gonna go with Im gonna go with, Im gonna go with 300 150. It is 150? 150. I should have, I doubled it heres what I thought, I thought because it. You were thinking four strokes. Exactly, I didnt say how many compression strokes.

How many times per second does the piston  travel to the bottom and back to the top? All right 150. I always love that number I think  its really impressive number. You really think about it: in one second and you go one the piston has  traveled to the bottom and back to the top 150 times.

Thats ridiculous! Yes, it is ridiculous.  And we engineer these engines to do that for four or five hours straight, its crazy. Thats insane.

Aaron, thanks for being our guinea pig  on this first one and giving us an insight to your world. It is absolutely  fascinating. Much appreciated, Jay.  Good to have you back anytime. Of course man, we appreciate you. You are truly our #measuringhero so thanks, well come back and see  you again. Sounds good, thanks Jay. Cool man, and for you out there. Dont forget to stay safe  and stay healthy. Well see you next thursday.

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