Schaeffler Develops System to Manage Car Temperature

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TROY — Schaeffler has developed an advanced thermal management system to more precisely control drivetrain temperature to help automakers meet upcoming fuel economy and emissions regulations.

Through the proactive management of engine, transmission, hybrid component and battery temperature, Schaeffler’s Thermal Management Module improves fuel economy by as much as four percent. Currently in production in Europe (on Audi’s EA 888 Gen3 engine), the module also provides key occupant benefits, such as a 40 percent reduction in internal vehicle warm-up time.

“As the most advanced system currently available, our Thermal Management Module is attracting interest from numerous domestic and global automakers,” said Michael Weiss, director of thermal management, Schaeffler. “Its flexible, drop-in design allows the module to easily adapt to various automaker requirements. Further, due to its ability to reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions, it meets the EPA’s requirements for the Off-Cycle Innovative Technology Credit.”

Developed as a system solution for the entire drivetrain, Schaeffler’s Thermal Management Module uses electronic sensors to more accurately control engine temperatures to reduce warm-up time, increase efficiency range from the engine to the transmission to the turbocharger, as well as improve energy efficiency and the lifespan of components.

The system integrates numerous functions in a compact assembly that is manufactured from lightweight, high-strength Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) plastic with fiber content. 

For more information visit www.schaeffler.us.

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