FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bosch has been named a finalist in the 2016 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contributions to Excellence) Awards for its innovative Linear Force Solenoid (LFS) technology, which enables transmission manufacturers to develop more efficient, high-speed transmissions without increasing weight or degrading performance.
Kevin O’Keefe, vice president and regional business unit leader of Transmission Control, Robert Bosch LLC, said, “Our LFS provides an innovative solution that helps OEMs meet future fuel economy requirements without sacrificing transmission performance. This technology represents Bosch’s commitment to developing new and advanced solutions that are essential to moving the industry forward, and we’re honored that our technology has been selected as a finalist for this important award.”
While increasing the number of speeds in an automatic transmission is one way OEMs can meet future fuel economy requirements, that strategy also typically increases required weight and space, as well as leakage within the hydraulic circuit that reduces transmissions efficiency – two undesirable effects.
To minimize these effects, Bosch developed its highly accurate, extremely precise LFS to allow for high-functional integration in a small space while reducing leakage within the hydraulic circuit, weight and part count, and improving robustness and control flexibility.
The Automotive News PACE Awards are an annual set of recognitions celebrating superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. First introduced to the industry in 1995, this prestigious award is recognized around the world as the industry benchmark for innovation.
Most recently, Bosch earned an Automotive News PACE Award in 2014 for its laser-drilling technology for spray enhancements in gasoline direct injection; in 2011 for its P2 Parallel Full Hybrid System; and in 2010 for its innovative collaboration with Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. Bosch also was an Automotive News PACE Award finalist in 2011 for its windshield wiper direct drive system and in 2010 for both its Long-Range Radar and Vehicle Stability System.
The 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards will be presented on April 11, 2016, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations, as of April 1, 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
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*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.