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Bosch Technology Honored as Finalist for 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards


Bosch recognized for supplier innovation with its Linear Force Solenoid

Bosch’s Linear Force Solenoid (LFS) enables transmission manufacturers to address numerous variables, including space, weight, part count, leakage, cost, robustness, accuracy and control flexibility

Bosch’s LFS is designed to allow for high-functional integration in a small space, while reducing leakage and parts required

Bosch earned Automotive News PACE Award in 2014, 2011 and 2010

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI -- November 19, 2015: 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.