Red Dot Award for MAHLE A/C service unit

The jury is in: MAHLE has won the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020 for its ACX 480 air conditioning service unit.

The Red Dot is one of the most sought-after quality marks for good design in the world and the MAHLE A/C service unit has been recognised for its outstanding design quality in the new Smart Products metacategory.

The ACX 480 is characterised by modern and elegant aesthetics and its ergonomic and intuitive operating concept. Maintenance of vehicle air conditioning systems in workshops is thus up to 50 percent faster.

“MAHLE has more than 30 years of experience in constructing A/C service units. When designing the ACX 480, we paid close attention to the needs of workshops: simple operation and a functional design as well as a robust construction capable of withstanding workshop conditions. We are proud to have this recognised and our work confirmed with such a prestigious award,” explained Olaf Henning, Corporate Executive Vice President and General Manager MAHLE Aftermarket.

Moreover, the ACX 480 is also clever: using a smartphone app, workshop technicians can view workflows and the unit status or automatically order a service. The ASA interface on the unit and the integration of the unit in the workshop network enable fast data exchange.

The large touch screen, which is standard on all units, provides the user with a continuous display of all information and programmed procedures, as well as the current status.

The service technician can continue to work on the vehicle while automatic software updates are performed in the background via Wi-Fi. For a time-saving service, the devices can be maintained remotely: workshops are able to obtain fast support directly on the unit via Wi-Fi.

Workshops have the option of upgrading the A/C service units with the MAHLE vehicle diagnostics tool—the new MAHLE TechPRO® or BRAIN BEE Connex from MAHLE Aftermarket.

The diagnostic system can detect and eliminate faults in the electronics or air conditioning system and check the status of the system and individual components. To better diagnose complex faults, the system can also activate compressors, valves, and fans.

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