Red Dot now offers Sleeping Well battery-powered auxiliary air-conditioning systems through its WD network in Canada and the United States. Sleeping Well systems are sold as complete aftermarket installation kits for all makes of commercial vehicles. The CARB-compliant all-electric A/C systems can maintain a cool, comfortable cab and sleeper environment while the truck engine is turned off, burning no fuel and producing no emissions and little noise.
For more than 40 years, Red Dot has been providing custom HVAC units and components for construction, mining, agriculture, forestry, military, commercial freight, and emergency service vehicles. Story angles include operator comfort; cab design; maintenance tips; shop tools; extreme HVAC applications; all-makes parts; and Red Dot’s advanced engineering and test facilities. Media contact: Stephen Petit
Red Dot’s Gary Hansen Honored by Mobile Air Conditioning Society for Leadership, Technical Achievements
Gary Hansen, vice president of Red Dot Corp., has received the Mobile A/C Industry Pioneer award from the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) in recognition of his leadership and technical achievements in A/C system and component design. During his career, Hansen has been a champion for the specific needs of heavy-duty vehicles with respect to A/C system performance, design, and refrigerant standards
One of the biggest challenges for heavy-duty mobile HVAC engineers is how to deal with underhood heat. The engine box on trucks is smaller and more densely packed than it ever has been. Add a hotter-running diesel engine (the result of emission controls) and a smaller grille area, and the thermal environment can get downright nasty.
No one has time for vague failure descriptions. Literally. A work order that says, “A/C won’t blow cold air” is going to soak up a lot of hours in the service bay compared to one that’s more descriptive. If you’re a distributor or dealer, talk to your counterpeople or service reps about the importance of a clear failure description on a work order. It only takes a few simple questions.
Red Dot Corp. has expanded its aftermarket network through a distribution agreement with Interstate Companies Inc. Interstate will distribute Red Dot heating and air conditioning units and all-makes parts at four locations: Bloomington, Minn.; Billings, Mont.; Altoona, Iowa; and Sioux Falls, S.D.
Suppliers to heavy-duty trucks and off-highway equipment have been vocal in the debate over a replacement for R-134a even before regulations for commercial vehicles have been drafted.
Be pulled, not pushed into international markets, says Red Dot Corp. president and CEO Randy Gardiner. It’s one of six lessons learned for manufacturers who want to export their goods.