In light of the supreme court ruling today, an idea occurred to me on a way companies can lower their healthcare costs. Things that many companies do cause many to have negative gut reactions (pun intended) such as suggesting they go on weight-watchers, and some practices that may seem discriminatory. How about paying for entry fees to competitive sporting events such as running races, triathlons, bike races, etc? This would at first really excite those who already compete, and get others interested in taking advantage of this unusual benefit. Then, people who might never have thought of training for and entering a running race will be lacing up a pair of trainers. Pretty soon I bet you would have an athletic, healthy culture building within your company. Not only would you lower your healthcare costs, you would improve employee morale, loyalty, productivity and just have more fun overall.
Man, we are getting so close! We have completed some key redesigns, built the parts and reassembled the engine on the dyno. A week of intensive testing showed us that our redesigns worked, and that most of the engine is performing as it should. The problems that we have are surprisingly conventional – meaning they are the same problems people might find in their initial tests of a conventional engine.
My definition of success of any test on the CCI engine is that the problems we find are solvable, and we are very solidly in that category. One of the greatest risks we have seen for the CCI since the beginning is the transfer process between the low and high pressure cylinders, and the control of that transfer by valves. It seems our valves are actuating and sealing very well allowing for well timed transfer with minimal losses, thus eliminating a key technical risk that used to be standing in the way of our success. The problems that we are encountering are things like finding the right rings for the cylinders, poppet valve timing and optimizing clearance volumes. These are engineering tasks, but not “new technology development”. In other words, there is very little risk to us accomplishing these tasks and ultimately finding that our engine will work exactly as expected. When we include the problems that our testing brought our attention to into our computer simulations, the results mimic the test data. This is an excellent sign and I am more confident than ever that we are headed to the first major revolution to the engine since the 1930’s and that we will enable a step-function change in fuel efficiency, transportation and energy costs and environmental impact.