Bosch produces its 100 millionth hot-film air-mass meter

Jan. 1, 2020
Bosch announces the production of its 100 millionth hot-film air-mass meter (HFM) at its plant in Eisenach, Germany. Hot-film air-mass meters are designed to measure the engine's air intake, independently of air temperatures and density.

Bosch announces the production of its 100 millionth hot-film air-mass meter (HFM) at its plant in Eisenach, Germany. Hot-film air-mass meters are designed to measure the engine’s air intake, independently of air temperatures and density. The data it provides forms the basis for metering the amount of fuel injected into the engine.

“Achieving the right air-fuel ratio ensures that the engine operates efficiently, which, in turn, reduces emissions,” says Warren Suter, director, engine management systems for Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket Division. “Moreover, in modern diesel engines, hot-film air-mass meters serve to control exhaust gas recirculation,” he adds.

The new generation HFM 7 is characterized by its high precision metering, compact design, and sturdiness and is available with either an analog or digital interface to the control unit. And, “as a result of its spontaneous response characteristic,” Suter says, “it can quickly deliver reliable data relating to the air flow in the induction tract after starting the engine in a vehicle equipped with a stop-start system.”

The success story of the hot-film air-mass meter began in the 1970s with the first air-flow sensor, which worked according to the dynamic-pressure principle. In the 1980s, the hot wire air-mass meter was the first to measure air mass using thermal measurement principles.

The hot wire air-mass meter was first used in Formula1 racing. In 1989, Bosch began manufacturing the first generation of hot wire air-mass meters for production vehicles. They were installed in the Volvo 240. In terms of volume, the HFM5 stands out from the rest. Launched in 1996, it is still being produced today.

In 2006, Bosch launched the HFM6, the first generation to feature a digital interface. According to Suter, to make engines even more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly in the future, Bosch is working to further improve the air-mass meter’s precision and flexibility. By integrating additional measuring signals into the HFM, such as temperature, pressure, or humidity, additional data can be made available for engine management.

Currently Bosch manufactures hot-film air-mass meters at five locations worldwide, including Germany, Russia, Korea and China. The lead plant is located in Eisenach, Germany.

According to preliminary figures, some 270,000 associates generated sales of roughly €38 billion in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2009 for the Bosch Group.

The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries.

Each year, Bosch claims to spend more than €3.5 billion for research and development, and applies for over 3,000 patents worldwide.

In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy and healthcare products. Bosch employs nearly 24,000 associates in more than 70 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with reported sales of $8.6 billion in fiscal 2008.

For more information on the company, visit www.boschusa.com.

For more information on Bosch Automotive Products, visit www.boschautoparts.com.

For more information on Bosch Diagnostic and Wheel Service Equipment, visit www.boschdiagnostics.com.

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