SOUTHFIELD, Mich.-With the dramatic increase in vehicle electronic devices, systems and equipment, the automotive industry is considering the adaption of a 42-volt system to meet the growing demands.
Industry experts note that 42-volt technology will allow the conversion of many mechanical systems to electrical systems and will help usher in a host of new devices and accessories-in the process having ``huge implications to the automotive aftermarket,'' according to industry associations.
To help prepare industry professions for these dramatic changes, a special technical forum on 42-volt technology will be held during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas this fall as part of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX).
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), in conjunction with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), is sponsoring a seminar, ``Charged for the future: The debut of the 42-volt system.'' It will be held at the AAPEX show-in the Sands Expo Center-from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 and again from 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Automotive expert Norman Traub, director of the SAE's Strategic Alliance 42-Volt Initiative, will present the seminar, which will highlight the efforts of the automotive community to set global standards for the new power and distribution system. It also will define some of the technical and business challenges facing car makers and the aftermarket.
Recent studies indicate 42-volt systems will enable many new systems throughout a vehicle and stimulate demand for additional components such as electric power steering, engine water and oil pumps, electromechanical brakes, suspension control and electromagnetic valve operation.