Delphi develops A/C technology
TROY, Mich.-Delphi Corp. has developed new carbon dioxide-based conditioning technology as part of its continuing research into alternative refrigerants.
The initiatives are aimed at helping reduce the environmental impact of refrigerants while meeting pending European legislation. They were highlighted at the 61st International Motor Show Sept. 13 in Frankfurt, Germany. In Europe, CO2 technology is viewed as the alternative choice of many car makers, according to Delphi, which has demonstrated its CO2 system on several test vehicles.
The company said it is developing systems that minimize the cost impact while providing enhanced functions and has developed what it calls an innovative concept of a reversible air conditioning system using air to coolant heat pump technology. When used with CO2, it eliminates the risk of high pressure refrigerant leaking into the passenger cabin and also reduces associated refrigerant noise in the heat pump mode.
``Looking at alternative refrigerants alone is not enough,'' said Stefan Glober, director of engineering, Europe and South America, Delphi Thermal and Interior. ``We are also looking at how we can engineer our air conditioning systems to better accommodate a change in refrigerant, providing complete system support to our customers.''
Tenneco launches tech ed program
ALFRED, N.Y.-Tenneco Automotive Inc.'s Monroe and Walker brands are partnering with several automotive vocational education programs to advance technical training.
The new Tenneco DRIVE program, unveiled at Alfred State College in Alfred, is described by Tenneco as an interactive training partnership featuring ``cutting-edge technical materials and Web-based communication.'' The company said it was developed to help enhance the preparation of the next generation of undercar technicians and is expected to reach nearly 1,000 students in its first year.
Citing the continuing decline in the number of ASE-certified automotive technicians entering the field every year, Richard Alameddine, vice president of marketing, North American Aftermarket, for Tenneco, said: ``It's no secret that it is increasingly difficult for automotive education programs to attract and retain students. Automotive service can be a promising and rewarding career for thousands of young people with the skills and drive to take charge of their future.
``The Tenneco DRIVE program communicates this message while providing students with a wide range of new learning tools.''
Among materials provided by Tenneco for the program are a comprehensive instructor's kit containing disassembled ride control product samples, exhaust product cutaways, training posters and instructional videos.
Tenneco said students can enroll in the program individually through in-classroom demonstrations and online interaction with Monroe and Walker engineering and marketing teams.
Tenneco, based in Lake Forest, Ill., makes and markets ride control and exhaust systems and products sold under the Monroe and Walker brands.