Tuesday, 12 April, 2011 10:18 PM
Unveils Latest Electric/Hybrid-Electric Technologies at SAE World
credit: Peter Oppenländer / © 2010 Behr GmbH &
Storage Evaporator for Vehicles with Start-Stop Systems
Mich. -- Behr America is developing a variety of industry-leading
electric and hybrid-electric vehicle technologies as well as a variety
of engine-mounted components for downsized engines which are on
display at the SAE International World Congress in Detroit, April
Speaking to reporters at the show, Uwe Krueger, vice president of
engineering for the company in North America, demonstrated the company's
new storage evaporator developed by Behr engineers for vehicles
equipped with start-stop systems as well as an innovative Comfort
Vent Air Conditioning System. Both have been selected as finalists
in the prestigious 2011 Automotive News PACE Awards program.
need to improve fuel economy and lower emissions is essential in
today's marketplace," said Krueger. "As a leader in automotive
air conditioning, engine cooling systems and battery thermal management,
we are uniquely positioned to provide the industry with safe, comfortable
and ecologically sound thermal management systems."
Evaporator for Vehicles with Start-Stop Systems
are equipped with a start-stop function that shuts off the engine
when the vehicle is stopped or idling, reducing emissions and lowering
fuel consumption. Some of that fuel conservation is due to the air
conditioning compressor being switched off as well. In doing that,
however, temperature inside the vehicle rises quickly making it
uncomfortable for occupants.
that condition, Behr engineers have developed a storage evaporator
which helps maintain cabin temperatures and air flow up to 95 per
cent of all idle stops in city traffic. The air flowing into the
vehicle is adequately cooled by the latent medium, even during vehicle
Vent Air Conditioning Systems
has developed the world's first air-conditioning system where driver
and passengers have the option of varying not only the direction
of the air outflow, but also the type of outflow as well.
an occupant chooses the 'spot-flow' option, the airflow is highly
concentrated on one point for a maximum cooling effect," said
Krueger. "'Diffuse-flow' allows the airflow to spread across
a wide area of the vehicle's interior, creating a pleasant, virtually
draft-free airflow," he continued. "'Combined-maximum-flow'
blends the two basic functions, spot and diffuse-flow, which can
be combined as desired, allowing driver and passengers to set their
own individual 'feel-good airflow'."
the system has more cooling power and is quieter when compared to
other systems. It also optimizes cabin air quality.
of Behr's engine-mounted components contribute to new environmentally
friendly gasoline-and diesel-powered vehicles with significantly
improved fuel economy. New charge-air coolers for turbocharged engines
and engine-mounted charge-air coolers for gasoline engines enable
engineers to downsize engines without compromising power.
such as charge air coolers, EGR coolers, exhaust heat-management
systems and Visco clutches also provide for fuel efficiency improvements
while making vehicles more environmentally sustainable.
American headquarters is in Troy, Michigan. Behr America has nearly
2,200 employees at facilities in Troy, Mich.; Dayton, Ohio; Charleston,
S.C.; Fort Worth, Texas, and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.
Additional information is available at www.behrgroup.com.
credit: Peter Oppenländer / © 2008 Behr GmbH & Co.
is also expanding thanks to product innovations that are helping
to reduce CO2 emissions and thus fuel consumption as well. In 2008,
Behr will be starting high-volume production of new indirect charge
air coolers for cars and trucks.
Automotive News PACE Awards are Presented to 11 Suppliers for Outstanding
-- Eleven automotive suppliers won 2011 Automotive News
PACE Awards for innovation during a black tie ceremony last night
at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Mich. Four automotive
manufacturers were also honored during the program with Automotive
News PACE Innovation Partnership Awards.
annual awards program for innovation honor suppliers that contribute
products, processes, capital equipment, information technology or
services directly to the manufacture of cars or trucks worldwide.
The prestigious PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution
to Excellence) Award is presented by Automotive News, Ernst &
Young LLP and Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.).
from among 35 finalists, the 2011 PACE Award winners are:
Automotive – Troy, Mich. - Delphi Multec GDi Fuel Injector
Corporation – Nuremberg, Germany and Southfield, Mich. -
EcoTough® Piston Coating
Corporation – Burscheid, Germany and Southfield, Mich. -
Low-Friction LKZ® Oil Ring
Corporation – Madison Heights, Mich. - Terophon High Damping
Turbo Technologies – Torrance, Calif. - Honeywell DualBoost
Turbocharger for Medium Duty Diesel Engines
Acoustics – Southfield, Mich. - Molded Fiber IP Closeouts
with Integrated Lighting and Ducts
- Key Safety
Systems Inc. – Sterling Heights, Mich. - INFLATABELT - Inflatable
Seat Belt System
– Stuttgart, Germany - Electrical Waste Gate Actuator
Opto Semiconductors GmbH – Regensburg, Germany. - OSTAR
Headlamp - LED Headlamp Light Source
Bosch GmbH – Stuttgart, Germany - Bosch P2 Parallel Full
Technologies – Troy, Mich. - INA Lightweight Balance Shaft
with Roller Bearings
Corporation – Auburn Hills, Mich. - Vacuum Folding Technology
winner that emerges from the rigorous Automotive News PACE Award
judging process is truly exceptional in the industry," said
Peter Brown, Automotive News publisher and editorial director. "These
eleven companies are clearly playing to win in this challenging
manufacturers receiving Automotive News PACE Innovation Partnership
Awards during last evening's ceremonies were:
Group LLC for its partnership on Molded Fiber IP Closeouts with
Integrated Lighting and Ducts with Janesville Acoustics
Motor Company for its partnership on Powertrain Digital Integration
and Automation (PDIA) with Dassault Systemes
Motor Company for its partnership on INFLATABELT - Inflatable
Seat Belt System with Key Safety Systems Inc.
Partnership Award winners were selected by Automotive News PACE
Award judges from the pool of 2011 finalists.
winners were chosen following a thorough review of written submissions
from each supplier and site visits by an independent panel of judges,
drawn from among industry, academic and business leaders.
of each PACE Award winner are available by visiting www.autonews.com/pace.
Source: Automotive News