International dealers to use RTI’s mobile A/C service equipment

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RTI Technologies announced that Navistar’s International truck dealership service network now is taking delivery of its mobile A/C service equipment designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve heavy-duty truck A/C service efficiency and provide cost savings to truck dealer service shops by capturing more than 95 percent of refrigerant during recycling operations.

With the implementation of SAE’s J2788 A/C recycling and recharging standard, Navistar decided in 2007 to implement a A/C service machine acquisition program for International truck and IC Bus dealerships, according to RTI; the program would include the co-development of an all-encompassing A/C service machine that would incorporate the best A/C service technology available, as well as features and functionality to enhance dealership service efficiency and productivity. RTI says it was selected by Navistar to be the exclusive supplier of its custom-specified A/C service equipment to its International vehicle service network.

“The RTI ArcticPro RHS980 machine serves as the platform for the International-branded A/C service product and incorporates a wide array of newly designed productivity features to dramatically increase dealership A/C service profitability and quality of repair,” says Vaughn Allen, vice president of customer service and product support for Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar. “We are delighted to have partnered with RTI to produce the world’s most advanced and shop-efficient R134a refrigerant A/C service machines and are excited to see these new units now being delivered to our vehicle service network.”

RTI says the new A/C service machine features many important specifications, including fully-automatic operation; an onboard truck A/C system specification data base; TechAlert, an exclusive remote paging device to provide the technician real-time machine operation status during an A/C service; machine function upgradeability via memory stick for future operation enhancements/revisions; both deep-vacuum pull-down cycle and high-refrigerant pressure cycle to validate vehicle system integrity and to quickly locate system refrigerant leaks; vehicle A/C system performance evaluation capability before and after the service; and a refrigerant reverse flush cycle to isolate and extract harmful contaminants from the vehicle A/C system.

“With all of the features RTI incorporated into this new machine, the International vehicle service network will have an upgradeable A/C service platform that will be consistent and current for years to come,” says Kelvin Butz, vice president of marketing and new business development for York, Pa.-based RTI.