CHARLOTTE, N.C. SPX Corp.’s Service Solutions business unit has announced the worldwide availability of the company’s next-generation Robinair AC1234 Automotive Air Conditioning Recovery machines for vehicle servicing. Additionally, the company announced that two of its new Robinair units (AC1234-7 and AC1234-8) have recently been approved by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), an organization dedicated to safety, quality and sustainability at the highest technical level.
Automobile manufacturers in Europe are required to equip new vehicle models introduced in 2011 with a new, more environmentally friendly refrigerant, such as R-1234yf.
The recently developed R-1234yf refrigerant is a milestone achievement for environmentally sustainable air conditioning technology, boasting an extremely low Global Warming Potential (GWP) just 4 GWP, compared to the 1430 GWP of its predecessor.
All vehicles produced in Europe after 2017 will be required to utilize the new refrigerants. SPX’s new Robinair AC1234 Automotive Air Conditioning Recovery machines are specifically designed to ensure compatibility with the new R-1234yf refrigerant. Plans call for SPX to manufacture the machines in Germany, the United States and Asia, and market and distribute them globally.
“The German VDA is one of the most recognized, well-respected associations in the global automotive industry, and receiving their seal of approval on our new R-1234yf refrigerant recovery units is a significant achievement,” said Tanvir Arfi, president of SPX Service Solutions. “We are confident this powerful third-party validation will resonate strongly among European automakers, where the transition to R-1234yf is already under way.”
The VDA commissioned the evaluation of the Robinair AC1234 Automotive Air Conditioning Recovery machine through TUV Rheinland, a global provider of technical, safety and certification services. The VDA’s approval is an important purchase requirement for many European OEMs.
The Robinair units are designed to accurately and safely recover refrigerant emissions. The AC1234-8 model contains an embedded refrigerant identifier, while the AC1234-7 model supports the use of an external identifier.
In 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented SPX with an award for an earlier model of its Robinair brand refrigerant recovery and recharging unit, which at the time helped automotive service businesses meet rigorous environmental standards by reducing refrigerant emissions into the atmosphere.