Webasto’s Award-Winning Low-Profile SP80 Is 50 Percent Smaller, 20 Percent Lighter and Reimagines the Ceiling-Mounted HVAC Unit

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The thin, lightweight molded plastic shell of Webasto’s SP80 HVAC promotes visibility, ergonomics and safety, while housing smaller and more advanced components

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The unit’s 3.15-inch-thick injection-molded plastic envelope features rounded edges and a unique central air intake configuration.

Design engineers will be able to create cabins with far greater comfort, visibility and overall space. – Mark Denny

Webasto Thermo & Comfort, the global leader in equipment and vehicle cooling and heating solutions, officially introduced its new SP80 HVAC to the industry today. The low-profile, ceiling-mounted HVAC will make it possible for OEMs and cabin manufacturers to design vehicle-control spaces with increased headroom, greater visibility and an enhanced sense of comfort.

In contrast to the large, sharp-edged, rectangular sheet-metal boxes that characterize the majority of ceiling-mounted HVAC systems in today’s heavy equipment, Webasto’s new SP80 HVAC looks somewhat inconspicuous. At 50 percent the size and 20 percent the weight of average HVAC systems, SP80 hugs a cabin’s ceiling. The unit’s 3.15-inch-thick injection-molded plastic envelope features rounded edges and a unique central air intake configuration that allows air outlets to be precisely oriented to fit a cab’s particular design. Its 25.03-inch width and 20.39-inch length will also make the unit easy to integrate into any cab design.

“Design engineers will be able to create cabins with far greater comfort, visibility and overall space,” Mark Denny, president and CEO of Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, said. “The SP80’s ergonomic advantages are matched by its ultra-light weight, enabling cab roof structures to be lighter as well.”

Weighing in at less than 15.5 pounds, Webasto’s SP80 owes its lightweight and compact size to advanced engineering. The use of a reversed curved fan blade, low-profile evaporators and heat exchangers help keep the unit thin and reduce its mass.

Though the SP80 is small and light, its heating and cooling power are exemplary. With its high-efficiency fan and state-of-the-art air handling system, the 12-volt unit outperforms others in airflow as well as cooling and heating performance. The SP80 has the capacity to deliver 7.8 kW of cooling power and 6.8 kW of heating power.

Webasto’s new product was also recently honored by the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS). The SP80 HVAC won MACS prestigious Worldwide Award for “Best Use of Technology in a New Product.”

“Webasto’s SP80 is such a dramatic departure from other cab HVAC systems, and we think that had everything to do with winning the MACS Worldwide Award,” Denny said. “When it comes to engineering-in enhanced visibility, comfort and safety, our SP80 is a game changer.”

Until now, engineering a cab for heavy equipment meant having to contend with mounting a large metal HVAC box on the cab ceiling. That box commonly impaired an operator’s sight line and took up space where it was at a premium. The standard configuration had an air intake on one side and air outlets on the other, with little variation or options to alter a device’s output to integrate with the cab’s design.

“Webasto produces millions of products for passenger cars, heavy-duty on- and off-road vehicles, as well as watercraft, and used its experience and continuous dialog with OEMs worldwide to engineer a ceiling-mounted cab HVAC that was truly outside the traditional box,” Denny said. “With our SP80, precise cab integration isn’t only easy; it’s been engineered into the unit. Our unit-top, central air intake gives the SP80 almost unlimited flexibility in the way processed air is introduced back into the cab environment.”

To access more content about the low-profile, ceiling-mounted SP80 HVAC, please visit:
https://www.webasto.com/us/markets-products/off-highway/custom-hvac-solutions/

About Webasto:
The Webasto Group is a global innovative systems partner to almost all automobile manufacturers and among the top 100 suppliers in this industry sector. In its core business areas the company develops and produces sunroofs, panorama roofs and convertible roofs as well as thermo systems for all drive types. In addition, with battery systems and charging solutions Webasto is building up a product portfolio for electromobility. In 2016 the Webasto Group generated sales of 3.2 billion euros and has more than 12,000 employees at more than 50 locations (with over 30 of these being manufacturing plants). The headquarters of the company, founded in 1901, is located in Stockdorf near Munich (Germany). For more information please visit http://www.webasto-group.com

Corporate Contact
Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, Inc.                    
Kristie Carino            
Ph. 810-593-6064
E-Mail: kristie.carino(at)webasto.com

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