Part three of our look at $12 Billion reasons to come to MACS 2015 Training Event and Trade Show, February 5-7, 2014 at the Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The past two days we talked about the automotive and light duty truck training classes and the heavy duty and off road training classes.
Today we review the featured presentations.
Keynote with president of AAA
Robert L. Darbelnet of AAA will deliver the keynote speech at lunch on Thursday at the MACS training event. He is president and CEO of AAA, a not-for-profit federation of 44 motor clubs that serve more than 54 million members in the United States and Canada. In his keynote address, he will be discussing opportunities for independent service and repair facilities. Darbelnet became AAA president and CEO in November 1994, after serving 11 years as CEO of CAA-Quebec. He began his AAA career as an emergency road service driver for the Quebec Automobile Club in 1973.
OE Presentations in General Session
OEM representatives from Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Toyota will present updates in general session format on Friday morning, Feb. 6, prior to the opening of the trade show. This will be the only program being conducted in this time frame.
State of the industry
In a luncheon presentation on Saturday, MACS technical advisor Ward Atkinson will explore the potential impact of multiple refrigerants and new regulations on the mobile A/C vehicle manufacturer and service industry, and ask the question “will history repeat itself?” Atkinson points out that, “Many replacement refrigerants were offered for use in the transition from R-12 causing many concerns, but history records that less than 10 percent of the R-12 fleet was ever retrofitted to use another refrigerant.”
EPA has recently proposed a rule which would phase out many of the currently listed SNAP refrigerants, and most significantly, would prohibit the use of R-134a in new, light-duty vehicles starting with model year 2021. Under the proposed rule, production and service use of R-134a is not restricted.
Under the EPA rules new vehicle MAC system use requirements for R-1234yf, R-744 (carbon dioxide), R-152a, and possibly new blend refrigerants, could all play a role in the transition.
The phase down of R-134a is occurring more slowly than the previous transition from R-12, and given there is more time, the industry should take advantage of this opportunity to plan better for the changes to come.
EPA Section 609 Certification class and test
All professional technicians opening the refrigeration circuit in mobile air conditioning systems must be certified in proper refrigerant recovery and recycling procedures to comply with Section 609 of the Clean Air Act. Participants in this class will receive the MACS certification manual and training presentation, and immediately afterwards take the related certification test. Those who pass the test will receive their credentials in the mail a few weeks later. (Scheduled once on Saturday afternoon.)
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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.