By Ward Atkinson, MACS Technical Consultant
Over the years suppliers in the MAC industry have advertised that their product meets or exceeds the industry SAE International Standard requirements. Recent industry standard changes now impact the mobile air conditioning industry by the introduction of SAE J2911 “Procedure for Certification that Requirements for Mobile Air Conditioning System Components, Service Equipment, and Service Technician Training Meet SAE J Standards.”
The purpose of SAE J2911 is to provide a procedure to certify to a customer or a Regulatory Agency that the requirements of the specified J Standard are in fact met. This procedure identifies the data required for each SAE J Standard that is to be submitted to SAE International to be recorded and available in the public domain.
According to SAE J2911, products shall not be advertised nor have a label on the product that they comply with any designated SAE Standard requirements until these requirements are met and the results posted on the SAE Website.
A manufacturer or provider (M/P) can only advertise their product as being “Certified to an SAE Standard,” when they have complied with SAE J2911 requirements by:
(1) formally submitting a claim of conformance to SAE International and
(2) being registered by SAE International on the SAE MACdb website: http://macdb.sae.org
If the product is not in compliance, the following procedures will be enacted:
• SAE Legal Department will send an advisory letter notifying the M/P of SAE J2911 requirements and offering SAE assistance to place the M/P in compliance with SAE J2911.
• If no response is received by SAE after two (2) weeks, a more formal “cease and desist” letter will be issued to the offending M/P.
• If no response to the letters, further actions will be considered including, but not limited to, press releases, web notices and/or legal action.
Some examples of products to which these SAE Standard compliance requirements apply include:
• Service and test equipment
• Coupled refrigerant hose assemblies
• Replacement evaporators for R-1234yf and R-744 MAC systems
• Refrigerant system additives/flushing chemicals
• Refrigerant purity of R-134a, R-1234yf and R-744
• Technician EPA certification programs