Green ones last longer

Truck Competence: MANN-FILTER – Automechanika 2012

A new air filter for the Mercedes-Benz Actros is one of the highlights from MANN-FILTER at Automechanika. This new product is clearly greener: more economical use of energy and resources during production and in operation, saving almost two kilograms of plastic during service and lower CO2 emissions on disposal. At the same time, filtration performance, water stability and cost-effectiveness are increased.

Ludwigsburg, 11th September 2012 – A lightweight for a heavyweight. MANN-FILTER presents an industry first at Automechanika: a new air filter element for the Mercedes-Benz Actros which achieves weight and material savings of over 30% during service, compared with its predecessor. The key to this resource-conserving solution: when service is required, the mechanic needs to change only the air filter element. The cover, weighing 1.8 kilos, is a lifetime part which remains in the vehicle. If the entire Actros fleet in western Europe were fitted with the green and yellow MANN-FILTER solution from MANN+HUMMEL, the environmental impact would be over 585 tonnes less plastic per year if the filter is changed once a year – a definite reduction

The new air filter provides additional environmental benefits: instead of producing a support casing, the filtration specialist is applying spiral wound technology. Special polyester fibres replace the metal, plastic or paper casing of the filter element. The fibres are wound at differing widths around the filter element, stabilising the pleats evenly along the entire length of the filter. Compared with a metallic, plastic or paper casing, the fibres create lower flow resistance, thus reducing pressure loss, which in turn optimises filtration performance and fuel economy. In this way, the filtration specialist is conserving resources and helping to save energy in the production process. Incineration of the filter elements substantially reduces CO2 emissions.

The closely wound fibres in the upper part of the filter element also give extra grip protection for the mechanic, helping to avoid damage to the filter pleats. Spiral wound technology increases the stability of the filter, even when for example, there is ingress of moisture when driving in the rain. The filter thus maintains a better supply of air to the engine, even under unfavourable operating conditions. Noise is muffled through the design of the air filter element seal.

Another advantage: economy. The new MANN-FILTER solution is lower in cost than the previous version.

The new MANN-FILTER for the Actros is just one example of the green technology and truck competence which form an integral part of every MANN-FILTER for commercial vehicle applications. MANN-FILTER customers benefit from the research and development work of 800 R+D personnel within the Group.

In Frankfurt, the Company is presenting other MANN-FILTER products for the aftermarket which are both fit for the future and sustainable. For the European market, over 4,500 filter elements for more than 35,000 vehicles and machines are available, including 11,000 passenger cars and transporters, 7,500 trucks and buses, 1,100 motorcycles and 15,500 off-highway vehicle and industrial applications.

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The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a leading global expert for filtration solutions and development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. Employing 14,338 people at more than 50 locations worldwide, the company achieved turnover of about 2.5 billion euros in 2011. The group’s product portfolio includes air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and cylinder head covers made of plastic with many integrated functions for the automotive industry, as well as filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. For general engineering, process engineering and industrial manufacturing sectors the company’s product range includes industrial filters, a series of products to reduce carbon emission levels in diesel engines, membrane filters for water filtration and filter systems.