KARIYA, Japan (July 7, 2016) ― The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has awarded Denso Corp. the IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies.
Denso was recognized by the IEEE as “the first company in the world to commercialize an electronically controlled injection system (diesel common rail), which has made a significant contribution to the spread of clean diesel vehicles,” according to the institute. The award ceremony was held in New York City on June 18, with Denso Executive Vice President Masahiko Miyaki and executive directors Yukihiro Shinohara and Katsuhiko Takeuchi accepting the award.
Denso Corp. is the parent firm of Denso Products and Services Americas Inc.
In 1995 Denso became the first company in the world to mass-produce an electronically controlled fuel injection system that achieved high-pressure and multistage injection, according to the firm. It said the common rail system “significantly improved emissions, which helped change people's negative perception of diesel vehicles being ‘dirty.'”
The common rail system helped expand the market share of diesel passenger cars in Europe, Denso said, adding that in 2013 it developed and mass-produced a system that achieved ultra-high pressure injection of 250 MPa, “making emissions cleaner than ever before.” Prior to that, Denso claimed that in 2012 it became the first company in the world to mass-produce the i-ART — intelligent Accuracy Refinement Technology — system. In it, a pressure sensor is built into the fuel injector to measure the injection pressure on a real-time basis and control the timing and injection volume for each injector. That helps increase fuel efficiency and reduce the amount of hazardous substances in the emissions, according to the company.
Denso said it will “continue its efforts to increase fuel injection pressure and accuracy in order to meet the increasingly strict emission regulations around the world and the growing need for higher fuel efficiency.”
The U.S.-based IEEE is the largest organization in the world specializing in the electrical and electronics field, mainly serving as an engineering institute and as an industrial technology standardization organization.
An IEEE Medal is awarded to researchers, engineers or teams — selected by IEEE each year — who have “significantly contributed to technology innovations and the development of businesses and industries,” Denso said. An IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies is awarded for outstanding accomplishments in the fields of the environment and safety.
Denso, which has its headquarters in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety to the world's major car makers. The company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions, including Japan. It reported consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31 at $40.2 billion (U.S.)