Robinair's position as a global leader in service tools and equipment is the result of evolution and recognizing market opportunities. Robinair was founded in 1956 by the Kent-Moore Corporation of Warren, Michigan, to design and manufacture specialized tools for repairing appliances. The name of the new company was a combination of the names of two Kent-Moore executives, Robinette and Adair. With the increasing popularity of air conditioning, both for homes and automobiles, Robinair soon moved into this growing market. In just a few years, the product line was the most complete in the industry.
Work for a major appliance manufacturer determined Robinair's location in northwest Ohio-the original factory was built in Edgerton, midway between the OE's offices and Kent-Moore. In 1958 a fire destroyed the plant, but within a few short months, work resumed at a new factory in nearby Montpelier. That building served as the core of Robinair's headquarters and was expanded many times as Robinair continued to serve the HVAC-R and automotive aftermarkets around the world. In 1982, Kent-Moore (and thus Robinair) was acquired by Sealed Power Corporation, now SPX Corporation. Possibly Robinair's biggest claim to fame is its refrigeration service vacuum pump product line. Robinair is recognized throughout the world has the quality and performance leader in AC/R evacuation tools and this position has led to its success with the full range of products. More than 10 years ago, the company offered the first refrigerant recovery and recycling units (automotive market) in response to environmental concerns. Since that time, Robinair-built units have become the industry's best sellers.
Today, Robinair, a Bosch Automotive Service Solutions brand, is a global leader in service tools and equipment based in Owatonna, Minnesota. Products serve the heating/ventilating/air conditioning/refrigeration (HVAC-R) and mobile markets, which includes the automotive aftermarket along with other industries such as agriculture and construction. For more information on Robinair, visit www.robinair.com
TIF was originally formed in Miami, FL in the 1950's under the name Thermal Industries of Florida, Inc., and was an outcropping of Miami's then largest HVAC/R contractor. In 1960 the company name was formally changed to TIF Instruments, Inc. and the new independent business was founded upon the concept of bringing new and innovative service test instruments to the trade. Over the past 40+ years TIF grew through the support of professional technicians worldwide and has become the recognized leader in both electronic refrigerant leak detection and refrigerant measuring devices.
In 1955, the company's first product, the VA105 Volume-Aire air balancer was invented, and is still available today in only a slightly modified form. In 1964 the world's first portable electronic refrigerant leak detector, the Tif-Tector was invented and launched. While Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in 1969, TIF launched the Tic-Tracer family of non-contact voltage detectors, revolutionizing safe electrical testing. Throughout the following three decades TIF invented and patented more than 30 technologies and products including Negative Corona leak detectors, digital clamp-on ammeters, the electronic sightlass, pulsed load battery testers, 4-Way aluminum block manifold gauge sets, Slim-Line refrigerant charging meters and, in 2001 the Heated Pentode refrigerant sensor and TIF ZX-1 leak detector.
Today, TIF, a Bosch Automotive Service Solutions brand, is recognized worldwide for these and other products. All TIF products are designed and produced to meet the highest quality and industry standards. The majority of the offering is CE approved for compliance with European Union standards and UL Listed or Certified where applicable. TIF brand products are provided in multi-lingual packaging, with 4 or 5 language instructions and are customized for international markets throughout the world.
Promax was founded in 1990 just as the Clean Air Act and refrigerant containment were becoming industry news and affecting the way Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems would be serviced for evermore. The goal of the company was to provide an efficient and reliable product for technicians to recover refrigerant in the field under the harshest and most extreme conditions. Promax's claim to fame and success since inception is almost entirely due to its revolutionary and proprietary "Oil-Less" refrigerant compressor. Oil-less recovery offers a number of performance advantages over competitive systems, and the Promax compressor is known world-wide as the pinnacle of the principle in action.
Today, Promax, a Bosch Automotive Service Solutions brand, is the clear market leader in this field and enjoys a position as the world's largest manufacturer of refrigerant recovery devices for the service trade technician. This success is due to a constant focus of manufacturing only the best product without sacrifice to cost, and the support of professionals everywhere using and proving the product for more than a decade. Today over one quarter of a million Promax recovery units can be found in the trucks of independent and OEM service techs, in the hands of military and government facilities and in United Nations sponsored programs.
Looking ahead, expect more versions of the Promax machines, offering additional features and benefits and combining technology from its sister brands - TIF and Robinair. Whether today or tomorrow, Promax customers can always count on product made for their benefit that will support them and their job in the real world.
The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 17,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 16,000 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 600 “AutoCrew” partners.
Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros ($61.6 billion) in 2013*. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” Additional information on the global organization is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. For more information, please visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.
*Due to a change in legal rules governing consolidation, 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with 2012 figures. Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32812 (or 16.96406 MXN or $1.36837 CAD).