By Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS President and COO
The annual MACS Training Event and Trade Show, taking place Feb. 7 – 9 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, features a veritable feast of information and training for everyone in the mobile air conditioning industry, and the annual State of the Industry presentation by MACS technical advisor Ward Atkinson is always a must-attend event.
Ward brings a rich perspective gleaned from more than six decades in the automotive industry. Thirty years with GM, culminating at the Chevrolet Engineering Center where he directed development activities for electrical, engine cooling, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems was just the beginning.
As technical advisor to MACS, Mr. Atkinson has been responsible for various technical activities including the first Certification Training Manual for Refrigerant Recycling and Service Procedures published in 1990, which was cited by reference in the U.S. EPA’s Protection of Stratospheric Ozone Final Rule published in 1992.
He is co-author of the mobile air conditioning section of the Technical Options Committee of The Montreal Protocol. Also, as a member of the EPA mobile air conditioning subcommittee of the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Advisory Council, he received the 1990 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, was honored with EPA’s 1997 Best of the Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, and received SAE recognition awards in 1979 and 1991. He has also been granted six U.S. new product patents.
He is currently co-chairman of SAE’s Interior Climate Control Standards Committee, a position he has held for many years, responsible for over 50 SAE documents, including the air conditioning documents identified in the U.S. Clean Air Act. In this role he is also at the cutting edge of new technology that in many ways is transforming the industry.
Following are some of the trends and challenges Ward will explore in his presentation at the MACS Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 7, during the MACS Training Event at the Caribe Royale in Orlando:
- Mobile HVAC changes in component and controls that will result from the auto industry’s efforts to meet 2017 – 2025 CAFÉ requirements.
- Auto makers’ incentives to reduce refrigerant emissions, and use refrigerants with lower GWP.
- New refrigerants and MAC system designs that may be entering the market.
- Procedures for identifying and dealing with contaminated refrigerant.
- The status of R-1234yf.
Don’t miss this opportunity for a glimpse of what the future may be for the mobile HVAC industry.
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The 33rd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Be the Best of the Best will take place February 7-9, 2013 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL.