Do you know about electric cooling fan operating strategies?


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Download the March 2015 issue of MACS ACTION magazine to learn about electric cooling fan strategies and more!

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Meet the pioneers


The Mobile Air Conditioning Industry Pioneer Award was originally established by the International Mobile Air Conditioning Association (IMACA) in 1988. In 2003, MACS Worldwide assumed the role of continuing the tradition of recognizing individuals from all parts of the mobile A/C industry who have made significant career contributions to the mobile A/C and heat transfer industry.

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 the Mobile Air Conditioning Industry Pioneer Award was presented to the following three individuals at the MACS Worldwide/ Mahle Keynote Luncheon during the MACS 35th Annual Training Event and Trade Show at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center.

Jim Graham began his engineering career in 1966 at the age of 17 working as a student technician at the University of Dayton Research Institute in the composite and materials laboratory. In 1969, he became a full time technician with responsibilities that included the fabrication and testing of advanced glass and graphite composite materials for a U.S. Air Force design guide.

In 1976, Jim transferred to the Vibration Damping Group located at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Fairborn, Ohio. His duties included the testing and application of viscoelastic damping materials to reduce engine and inlet guide vane fatigue related failures on jet engines.

In 1978, Jim joined the Delco Moraine Division of General Motors at their brake plant in Dayton, Ohio. His responsibilities included vibration testing of front disc brakes and other brake system components. He worked there for almost two years before being laid off during the oil crisis.

In 1980, Jim was assigned to the Delco Air Conditioning Division Noise and Vibration Group. Here he worked on compressor and vehicle noise related issues, and started updating the division’s vibration test procedures. When the Delco Air Division was merged with the Harrison Radiator Division in 1984, Jim relocated to Lockport, New York. Here he continued his work on vehicle noise issues and started the development of road related vibration and synergetic testing for component validations.

Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Technology from the State University of New York in 1988. He was promoted to product engineer and transferred to the International Systems Engineering Group. He was assigned to be the liaison engineer for GM Mexico and GM Venezuela with additional responsibilities for the development and testing of air conditioning and engine cooling systems for various GM vehicle divisions including Opel, GM Mexico, GM Venezuela, GM Brazil and GM Holden. It was during this assignment that Jim began his annual test trips to the GM Proving Grounds in Mesa, AZ, his cold weather test trip to Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada and his A/C and engine cooling tests in the Australian outback.

Jim was transferred to the Delphi Thermal Rio Bravo 20 plant in Juarez, Mexico in 1999 where he served as business development and engineering liaison. In 2000, he transferred to the Delphi Mexico Technical Center in Juarez where he established the Thermal Aftermarket Group with OE service and independent aftermarket responsibilities. Jim transferred in 2001, to the newly formed Delphi Product and Service Solutions Division (DPSS) and continued with the responsibilities of the service and aftermarket group while serving on the center’s leadership council.

Jim’s latest assignment was Global Compressor Lead Engineer for the Aftermarket. He was responsible for aligning the division’s regional compressor engineering activities and creating standardized methods and procedures for developing and validating the organization’s compressor product line and suppliers.

During Jim’s 36 year career with General Motors and Delphi, he traveled to thirteen countries on five continents. Jim retired from Delphi in September 2014. Jim and his wife Ann have been married 40 years; they have one daughter, Jenny, and they reside in El Paso, TX.

Danny was originally from Indiana, but has lived in Fort Walton Beach, Florida for the last 30 years after he found out that it doesn’t snow in Florida. Danny opened Fort Walton Radiator Service in 1977 and has grown it into Fort Walton Radiator Auto Air and Repair with five employees.

Fort Walton Radiator Auto Air & Repair provides a full range of HVAC and radiator services for most cars, trucks, RV’s, and busses and even marine heat exchangers. A part of the business also retails and wholesales air conditioning and cooling parts. Over the years, Fort Walton Radiator and Auto Air and Repair gained a regional reputation for providing expert care for those more difficult thermal jobs.

A member of MACS since 1981, Danny has always felt that trade associations are very important to the mobile air conditioning and engine cooling systems industry, and has always been an active participant whenever possible. Danny has served on the NARSA Southeast regional board of directors for 10 years, and has served multiple terms on the MACS board of directors since first being elected in 2000.

Through his voluntary participation with both MACS and NARSA, Danny has gained a real appreciation for how much trade associations have improved the quality of life for members.
He has also learned that when you serve on a board, “You leave your ego and company loyalty at the door and work for the common good and learn all about showing and gaining respect and the art of compromise.”

Klaus Zenk emigrated with his parents as a World War II refugee from Germany in 1956.

He grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from high school at 17 and attended New England Aeronautical Institute in New Hampshire the same year. He enlisted in the
U. S.  Air Force in 1972 and also attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

In 1976 after serving in the Air Force, he obtained two degrees from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. During this same period, he was pursuing a career as a military aircraft parts broker. In 1986, one of his best mil-spec customers, Santech, hired him to head up their military aerospace program. Having a strong technical background from the manufacture, procurement, and sales of military and aerospace type products, Klaus was a perfect fit for heading up the automotive A/C division of Santech, which he did with Valerie Rowe. His experience selling to the likes of Boeing Military, and Parker Rocket Fuel Systems confirmed his place at Santech in dealing with all aspects of sales, marketing, engineering and procurement.

During his career at Santech, he was credited with initiating and growing most of the new programs for parts, including the first lip seals, clutch bearings, control valves and clutch components. The humble beginnings of the Master Technicians program goes to his credit for the first four drawer parts cabinets coordinated with pictorial wall charts, and a new neutral numbering system.

As Santech grew and the company matured, the beginnings of the orifice tube, retrofit, and Idemitsu double end capped PAG oil sales programs are to his credit.

Over the years of developing parts, suppliers, and customer base, Klaus had an opportunity to travel to all ends of the world working with parts manufacturers, selling new ideas, new products, establishing new customers and suppliers globally. For the last 10 years, Klaus has served Santech as international distribution and remarketing sales manager.

Michael Deese, former president of Santech who worked many years with Klaus remarked, “Klaus always put the customer first; of course he did this in a balanced way, but customer satisfaction was his primary goal. He is also an extremely creative individual.  He was always discussing a new invention, new tool, or new method.  He is also a premier problem solver; he had to understand why a problem happened so that it could be prevented.”

 

The New Year brings a new role for Klaus. He has retired from Santech, and he and his wife Norma will work in their real estate investment company. Klaus will be doing some selective consulting for the remanufacturing industry, and aftermarket business community.

Klaus thanks Michael Deese, former president and owner of Santech, Beccy Deese and Valerie Rowe and all the great associates he worked with, and especially, the great friends he found in his customers, that contributed to his successful 27 year career at Santech.

Klaus says, “Auf Wiedersehen”, which is German for goodbye. However, the literal meaning is “until we see each other again.”

 

 

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Fiat now using R-1234yf in U.S. vehicles


By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor

It’s been reported by MACS that during 2014, Chrysler Group LLC was the largest car line to use the new refrigerant R-1234yf here in the US market, as it begins the changeover of its vehicle fleet. For the 2015 model year lineup, further developments are coming out of the Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters. They’ve officially changed their name to FCA US LLC, and their stock ticker is now FCAU, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. But on the refrigerant front, they’re using “yf” in more cars this year.

The last in the series of “Chrysler Group LLC” labels used by the company, this one is from a 2014 Fiat 500.

The last in the series of “Chrysler Group LLC” labels used by the company, this one is from a 2014 Fiat 500.

This next generation of labels indicates the company’s new name, shown here on a 2015 Fiat 500.

This next generation of labels indicates the company’s new name, shown here on a 2015 Fiat 500.

At the Philadelphia Auto Show this year, FCA encompassed almost the entire length of the exhibit hall, displaying vehicles from their Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, SRT and Jeep brands. By far, they had the most number of vehicles on the show floor charged with R-1234yf refrigerant when compared to other vehicle manufacturers. Although most carry the Chrysler and Jeep emblems, they’ve now added Fiat to that list.

We opened the hoods of many cars, including this two-door 2015 Fiat 500.

We opened the hoods of many cars, including this two-door 2015 Fiat 500.

The new yf label on this model follows the design pattern being used on other FCA vehicles.

The new yf label on this model follows the design pattern being used on other FCA vehicles.

But not all Fiats are charged with the new refrigerant. A survey of several models showed that only the base model Fiat 500 uses yf. The 500L, which is a longer, 4-door model, is still charged with R-134a.

While still in use on some models today, this Italian version is Fiat’s older R-134a label, pictured here on a 2015 500L. The proper refrigerant charge amount (measured in kilograms) is indicated by the hole punch above 0,450.

While still in use on some models today, this Italian version is Fiat’s older R-134a label, pictured here on a 2015 500L. The proper refrigerant charge amount (measured in kilograms) is indicated by the hole punch above 0,450.

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K.I.S.S.


By Steve Schaeber

It’s one of those basic acronyms we learned in tech school: Keep It Super Simple. You may have learned slightly different terms, but the idea remains the same, and refers to something known as Occam’s razor. Devised by William of Ockham in the 14th century, the principle says that when considering competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. In other words, all things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the right one.

Usually when tackling an HVAC performance problem, the first things technicians go after are the big ticket items: compressor operation, radiator / condenser issues, heater core / evaporator condition, control panel function, blower fan output, etc. Rarely are cabin seals thought of as a primary suspect. But really, what we’re trying to do with an HVAC system is heat or cool a certain volume of air. If that amount of air is increased or decreased, system performance will be affected. Mobile HVAC systems are designed according to cabin size, so consider this: can a heater be effective if a door is left open?

Lately I’ve come across a few seal issues that have taken their toll on system performance. If you check out the MACS Blog at macsworldwide.wordpress.com, you’ll find a post from Chris Tyson where he repairs a backhoe door seal at R&S General Contractors. He explains that he first suspected a system problem, such as a clogged heater core, causing poor performance during engine idle. However, it turns out that deteriorated door seals allowed so much cold air in that the heater was not able to keep up.

My neighbor Mike has three Chevy Astro vans, which have a doghouse engine cover in between the front driver and passenger seats. Where this cover mates up to the firewall, there is a foam rubber seal around the edge. Mike explained the heat in his 2001 van had not really been that great. So, he took the van to his regular shop, which concluded the blower fan was not spinning fast enough. After an unnecessary motor replacement, the heater was still not up to snuff, so the technician dug deeper and found that the cover and seal had been misaligned, creating an open gap through which air could escape.

Seals are so simple, they are often overlooked. But just like we seal the doors and windows of our homes, we should consider the important role they play in mobile systems as well.

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2015 MACS Training Event a big success!


 

(Lansdale, PA) February 10, 2015 – “Meet me @ MACS, Make Connections that Matter,” was the theme of MACS 35th Annual Training Event and Trade Show at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center, February 5-7, and that’s exactly what happened as nearly 1000 attendees from all across the globe gathered to learn, network and do lots of business in the $12-billion dollar mobile A/C and engine cooling industry.

 

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“The MACS board and staff were very happy with the positive vibe of this event as we saw increased member and vendor participation. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and presenters who sustain us and make this important independent gathering of our industry possible,” remarked Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS president and chief operating officer, who also celebrated his thirty-fifth year with the association.

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The MACS Training Event was sponsored by 40 companies, the trade show had 80 exhibitors and 92 booths and there were 25 speakers and presentations and many prize winners at the trade show including Diane Larson of Larson’s Service in Peabody, MA who took home a brand new Robinair 34788NI recovery machine.
SAE International’s Interior Climate Control Standards Committee and the Car Care Council Women’s Board also held adjacent meetings

 

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Beginning in 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.
MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services.

MACS has pioneered and facilitated the certification program that has allowed more than 1 million service technicians to comply with the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1990 requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect our environment. As of 2015, MACS has led the way forward with a revision of our Section 609 certification program to educate service technicians in the safe handling of R-1234yf.

To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at http://www.macsw.org. MACS 2016 Training Event and Trade Show will take place February 11-14, at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

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Three new products recognized at MACS Trade Show


An impartial panel of the automotive press determined three winners from the new products featured at the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Trade Show held on Friday, February 6th at the Caribe Royale Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Chosen as most innovative new product was the Control Valve Tester from Global Parts Distributors. Recognized for the best use of technology was Mahle Service Solutions for their R-1234yf recovery machine ArcticPro ACX 1280.  Honored for being the most service friendly new product was the Airsept Smart Splice Ultimate Line Repair System.

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Global Parts Distributor’s Control Valve Tester allows the tester to interrupt and change the output of the control valve without impacting the vehicle’s electronics. The electronic signal to and from the compressor can be checked, using the vehicle’s battery for power.

 

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Mahle Service Solution’s R-1234yf recovery machine ArcticPro ACX 1280, is certified to meet all applicable performance and safety standards in the stringent SAE J2843 standard. The ACX1280 features fully automatic servicing to ensure easy, time-saving and precise service on R-1234yf air conditioning systems in vehicles. What sets the ACX1280 apart from the competition is the option to purchase the machine with either an internal or external refrigerant identifier system.

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AirSept’s Smart Splice™ Ultimate Line Repair System offers over 8,000 repair options for hose to hose, hose to tube, and tube to tube assemblies.  The versatile Ultimate System repairs air conditioning, coolant, heater, transmission, power steering and oil/transmission cooler lines on the vehicle, usually in five minutes or less.  AirSept’s OEM approved sealing technology is leak-free up to 2600 PSI, with no adhesives or special tools needed.

 

Beginning in 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.
MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services.

MACS has pioneered and facilitated the certification program that has allowed more than 1 million service technicians to comply with the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1990 requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect our environment. As of 2015, MACS has led the way forward with a revision of our Section 609 certification program to educate service technicians in the safe handling of R-1234yf.
To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at http://www.macsw.org. MACS 2016 Training Event and Trade Show will take place February 11-14, at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

 

 

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Six new members join the MACS Board of Directors


 

(Lansdale, PA) February 5, 2015 – Six new members were elected to the Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s (MACS) Worldwide board of directors and were sworn in for a two year term at the annual MACS membership meeting held at the MACS 2015 Training Event and Trade Show in Orlando, FL.
Elected from the service and repair membership are Tanya Johnson of Johnny’s Radiator Shop in Warren, AR and Danny Spitznagel of Ft. Walton Radiator and Auto Air, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

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New distributor board members elected to a two-year term are Tod Ellison of MEI Corporation, Atlanta, Ga and Mark Schmitz of Global Parts Distributors, Macon, GA.

 

Gary Hansen of Red Dot, Seattle, WA and Al Leupold of Bergstrom, Rockford, IL were elected from the manufacturing membership.

 

In addition to the new board members, the following new board officers were also sworn in for a one year term. Arthur “Butch” Smith of ARA, Wylie, TX,  is past chairman, Andy Fiffick of Rad Air Car Care, Cleveland, OH was elected as chairman of the board, Michael Dawson of T/CCI, Decatur,  IL was elected as vice chairman, David Jack of DENSO Products and Services, Long Beach, CA was elected as treasurer and Tanya Johnson, of Johnny’s Radiator, Warren, AR was elected as secretary.

 

Beginning in 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.
MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services.

MACS has pioneered and facilitated the certification program that has allowed more than 1 million service technicians to comply with the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1990 requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect our environment. As of 2015, MACS has led the way forward with a revision of our Section 609 certification program to educate service technicians in the safe handling of R-1234yf.
To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at http://www.macsw.org. MACS 2016 Training Event and Trade Show, Meet me at MACS; Make Connections that Matter!  will take place February 11-13,  at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

 

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Media Day @ PHL Auto Show


By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor

Friday, January 30 was Media Day at the 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show, and being the car guys that we are here at MACS, we attended to see what the OEMs have in the way of new or different MVAC systems. There sure was a lot to see and report on, but since we’re on the eve of the 2015 MACS Training Event and Trade Show, and have much last minute prepping, planning and packing still left to do, I thought it would be neat (and easier) to blog this time about the cars we liked most at the show.

The theme of this years’ Philadelphia Auto Show is Find Your Next… so one thing we kept our eyes out for was that one vehicle that really grabbed our attention and spoke to us, even if only in our wildest dreams as the next car we’d like to own. Presented below in three categories are our personal picks for best of show.

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Laina’s next… Sports Car: the 2015 Ford Mustang 5.0. Who doesn’t love a pony car?

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Steve’s next… Sports Car: the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T. One of the original American muscle cars.

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Laina’s next… Luxury Car: the 2015 Buick Avenir. Although a concept, its beauty and style really catches your eye.

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Steve’s next… Luxury Car: the 2015 Cadillac XTS. Still lovin’ America’s luxury brand ever since that 1981 Sedan deVille I drove in college (yes, the one with the 4-6-8 motor).

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Laina’s next… Crossover: the 2015 Jeep Renegade. While not generally into larger vehicles, this new entry in the small sport utility segment is the one that Laina likes the best. Plus, it’s a Jeep!

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Steve’s next… Crossover: the 2015 BMW x3. If you’re gonna crossover, you might as well do it in style!

Been to an auto show lately? Send an e-mail to steve@macsw.org and tell us What’s Your Next!

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MACS 2015 Training Event and Trade Show Schedule


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Windshield, wonderful


By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor

Compared to this time last year, much of the U.S. has experienced a relatively mild winter so far, maybe with the exception of Buffalo’s record snowfall back in November 2014. Here in Philadelphia, we’ve had just one really cold spell that only lasted a few days where temperatures got down to the single digits. But as far as snow events go, yesterday was about the worst storm we’ve had yet. There’s about two inches on the ground… in some spots.

Just because we’ve not had the snow fall totals doesn’t mean we don’t have to deal with other winter car issues. There’s still the daily chore of scraping windows and running the defogger. Over the years we’ve seen lots of things that claim to make winter car chores a little easier, but there’s one new item in particular that caught our eye.

 

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The Frost Guard in action. It’s heavy enough that it drapes directly against the glass, preventing the adhesion of moisture.

 

Yesterday one of the MACS staffers showed off a new devise they purchased to help alleviate some of this wintertime monotony. Available through QVC and branded as the Frost Guard, this nifty cover gets placed over your car’s windshield and strapped onto the side view mirrors.

At the end of the day, we went back out to check on the  2014 Nissan Altima and see how well the accessory performed. It had only been snowing for about an hour, so certainly wasn’t a white out yet. But when we removed the cover, the windshield was surprisingly dry.

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We expected the windshield to be free of snow, but didn’t expect it to be so dry.

Removing the elastic straps was simple, and when removed the snow slipped right off the cover onto the ground. It rolls up, and doesn’t take up much more room than your standard ice scraper. According to a video on QVC’s website, with over 800,000 sold this item has been one of their most popular products.

Do you know of a nifty gadget or trick to help deal with wintertime car issues? Drop me a line at steve@macsw.org and let me know!

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be! Become a member and receive a technical newsletter with information like what you’ve just read in this blog post visit http://bit.ly/10zvMYg for more information.

You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org . To locate a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Click here to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

Mobile A/C professionals should plan to attend 35th annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Meet me at MACS Make Connections that Matter, February 5-7, 2015 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL.

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