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 bring new or revised regulations, new tools and equipment, some parts specifically designed for the new refrigerants, and other developments that will require service shops and technicians to adapt.
Once again, MACS has remained in the forefront of activities to position shops and service technicians to meet these new challenges by accurately reporting industry developments, helping develop service procedures and techniques to minimize refrigerant emissions, and helping to develop new tools, equipment and procedures for efficient service of the new refrigerants.
In early February, SAE International published a suite of 19 standards related to the manufacture, repair and service of mobile A/C systems designed for HFO-1234yf refrigerant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to list R1234yf as acceptable for use in new mobile air conditioning systems, and car makers in the U.S. and Europe have said they will begin building A/C systems for this new refrigerant in the near future.
Along with the refrigerants, MACS is also tracking developments in alternative fuel vehicles that will impact mobile air conditioning service and repair as these vehicles gain in popularity. MACS also keeps tabs on the industry’s parts manufacturers and the distribution chain as players change, channels of distribution shift and service providers are realigned.
When you commit to membership in MACS you’ll stay informed and properly positioned for success in today’s challenging marketplace.
MACS ACTION magazine has received a total of 50 editorial excellence honors—be proud of your society’s magazine. Also, the MACS Service Reports was recognized in 2010 as best in show at the Automotive Communications Awards
Orlando, Florida was a hotspot of activity for an invigorated mobile air conditioning industry. 1400 attendees golfed, absorbed new technology, debated, networked, enjoyed sunshine, made smart business decisions and MACS-i-mized their opportunities for success at the 31st annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s Convention and Trade Show, January 26-29, 2011.
Standing-room-only technical training sessions delivered new information and repair techniques into the service shop. All of our training sessions were well-attended and it was great to see so many shop owners and technicians participating in MACS high-level technical training and industry networking.
We hope you will be able to join fellow members for MACS Annual Convention and Trade Show, January 18-20, 2012 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The special MACS hotel convention rate will be $99 per night plus tax.
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