Bosch, Ford Motor Company and TI Automotive were recognized with a 2017 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Innovation Partnership Award for their collaboration to develop the Port Fuel and Direct Injection System (P-DI). The P-DI system was also named a 2017 Automotive News PACE Award finalist for a product and process innovation, along with Bosch’s Engine Compartment Actuator (ECA), extending Bosch’s long history of PACE Award recognition.
P-DI is a dual injection system that takes the best of traditional port injection and combines it with the latest gasoline direct injection technology to deliver exceptional performance across the engine’s whole operating and load range. The result is a power plant with enhanced performance in the areas fuel economy, emissions, high torque, and power output.
The Innovation Partnership Award was presented during the annual 2017 Automotive News PACE Awards ceremony held on April 3 at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, for the outstanding level of collaboration between the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customer and supplier.
“Strategic partnerships like the one Bosch has forged with Ford and TI Automotive are only made possible through dedication, trust, teamwork, and with an eye toward a singular goal – to provide an innovation that will propel the industry forward in new ways,” said Mike Mansuetti, president of Robert Bosch LLC. “That’s precisely what we’ve accomplished in working with Ford and TI Automotive to implement the first Port Fuel and Direct Injection System with a North American customer on the all-new second-generation Ford 3.5 Liter Ecoboost engine. We congratulate Ford and look forward to continued success together in the future.”
This application was achieved through intense tri-lateral cooperation between Ford, TI Automotive and Bosch in the areas of design, development and packaging of the P-DI system. The project required technical collaboration, exchange of expertise, and expanded system level validation testing to realize Ford’s innovative design targets. These requirements took this partnership beyond the customary sphere of collaborative practices in the industry.
The key challenge of the project was to bring the two fuel systems (low and high pressure) together in an environment which had traditionally accommodated only one. In order to deliver Ford an effective packaging solution, the three companies worked closely together to optimize the packaging of the two fuel injection systems, maintain proper fuel metering accuracy, implement design features to attenuate hydraulic pulsation in the rail, and prevent potential cross-talk between the two systems.
Bosch has a rich history of honors in the Automotive News PACE Awards competition. In addition to be honored as a finalist for product and process innovation in 2017 for its ECA and P-DI technologies, Bosch was a 2016 winner for its Linear Force Solenoid (LFS) technology, which enables transmission manufacturers to develop more efficient, high-speed transmissions. Bosch was also a winner of a 2014 award for its laser-drilling technology for spray enhancements in gasoline direct injection; and back-to-back awards in 2010 and 2011 for its innovative collaboration with Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. and its P2 Parallel Full Hybrid System, respectively. Bosch was also an Automotive News PACE Award finalist in 2014 for its open source based infotainment system solution; in 2011 for its windshield wiper direct drive system; and in 2010 for both its Long-Range Radar and Vehicle Stability System.
Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 32,500 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2016. According to preliminary figures, in 2016 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 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 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros ($80.9 billion) in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.
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