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In the early 1970s, when Red Dot became one of the first manufacturers to use a 10-hours-a-day, four-day production week, it wasn’t to reduce the factory’s carbon footprint or employee commuter miles. We wanted to give people time for personal business on Friday.
When we instituted lean manufacturing principles, we did so to improve productivity. Reducing waste just happens to be a positive byproduct.
The best way to reduce our impact on the environment is to build a quality product. We perform functional and pressure tests on all final assembly units. Heater cores, evaporators, and other components also are tested individually, prior to assembly.
Lean manufacturing principles streamline the flow of raw materials through production and minimize waste. We design our packaging to use less material and be as recyclable as possible.
We’re committed to a future that combines environmental leadership and innovative heating and cooling products that deliver the best combination of performance, cost, and reliability for heavy-duty applications—in any climate, anywhere in the world.
We work closely with regulators, refrigerant suppliers, and vehicle manufacturers to advocate for the needs of commercial and military vehicle markets. In 2004, Red Dot introduced the first heavy-duty mobile A/C unit to use HFC-152a, a safe, environmentally friendly, widely available refrigerant. In 2007 we received the prestigious Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our research and development of A/C systems that use low-GWP refrigerants.
We offer products and expertise to help equipment owners and technicians operate and maintain A/C systems. This includes Red Dot technology like ProTecht, which monitors refrigerant pressures and can shut down a system in case of refrigerant loss, and an array of quality replacement parts that deliver the same standard of performance as the original.
Red Dot is committed to helping save fuel and reduce diesel engine idling. On average, an idling heavy-duty diesel engine burns one gallon of fuel per hour and produces 21 tons of CO2 and 0.3 tons of nitrogen oxides a year. As both a component supplier and as a product distributor, Red Dot has partnered with several manufacturers of HVAC systems that deliver sustained cooling and heating to without idling.