Monthly Archives: April 2011

Spreading effects


The corporate ripples resulting from the natural disaster in Japanon March 11th continue to spread through the industry. Most of the news refers to production of new vehicles, but rest assured that the supply of spare parts will be slowed as well.

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MACS membership doesn’t cost it pays


Why should you become a member of MACS? Challenges will continue in the automotive air conditioning service industry as technology and complexity of systems evolves at an ever-increasing pace. That, along with the industry’s transition to a new refrigerant will … Continue reading

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Charge it!


The industry continues to invent, debut and ballyhoo all manner of plug-in vehicles, each with an assortment of batteries and auxiliary power plants. Companies you’d never think of in that regard – say Porsche and Ferarri for two – are also trotting out prototypes and mentioning their “future plans.”

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Bad refrigerant is still out there


Once again, the MACS office is beginning to receive calls about bad, contaminated or mislabled refrigerant. Some folks in theU.S.are receiving offers to purchase refrigerants that contain hydrocarbons (HC), notably under the designations HC-12a or similar names. All of these are listed as “unacceptable for use” on the EPAs companion page to the SNAP list.
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There’s still time for MACS training


There are still opportunities for MACS mobile A/C training clinics. Here is our current schedule of events happening in late April, May and June! For more information email macsworldwide@macsw.org or call 215/631-7020 x 306. The 2011 MACS mobile A/C update … Continue reading

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Coloring the news


In our “Somebody really pays attention to this stuff” department, we find a news release from Ford of Europe identifying the company’s most popular 2010 product colors by national markets.

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Two types of players


By Paul DeGuiseppi, MACS manager of service training I’ve always contended that there are two types of guitar players. No, I’m not talking about “lead” or “rhythm.” Nor am I talking about “electric” or “acoustic.” When it comes to guitarists … Continue reading

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The chips are down


We’re starting to get insight into the ripple effects from the Japanese disaster, and how various automotive parts will be affected. Making solid-state electronic components is not a simple task and requires sophisticated, precision-aligned equipment, clean rooms, and exact chemical and thermal processes.

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Update on Japan’s automotive market


Continuing our brief trip through some official statements and news reports on the web sites of the Japanese auto industry. The situation changes by the day as hidden damage is discovered or repairs are completed.

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Euro News: Wurth-while reading


You may or may not be familiar with the German company Wurth GmbH. Among other things, they make a variety of automotive products, car care chemicals and sprays, and a variety of shop equipment. Some recent Internet wandering landed me on their page for the company’s new HFO-1234yf RRR unit.

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