dlhBOWLES is considered to be part of critical industries based on our country’s Defense Production Act (DPA). Specifically working with FEMA, MEMA, DHS and other agencies and companies who direct us to remain open for production. Given this, we have asserted critical and essential status and invoke exceptions to any enforced shutdowns by our local or federal government.
On March 27, 2020, dlhBOWLES entered into a supply agreement with General Motors (GM) to produce parts for the Ventec VOCSN Ventilator. We will remain open for business throughout the COVID-19 crisis at all locations in North America in order to work closely with GM on this project as well as to provide critical parts for the trucking/transportation, military, agriculture, and medical device industries. As part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce our employees and facilities may be operating and working despite local or federal shutdowns.
Should there be any question regarding dlhBOWLES’ status as a critical and essential manufacturer, please refer to the Department of Homeland Security website or contact a member of our leadership team.
As Automated Driving Systems (ADS)
technology grows exponentially, the idealist in us envisions that the practical
safety of such systems can keep pace. At
dlhBOWLES, we see the collective harmony of innovative automotive design,
technology, safety, and convenience as the key to giving customers what they
need. Specifically speaking, this means
that our sensor cleaning is ready to deploy before drivers are alerted to the need
Megan Lampinen’s (2020) article featuring dlhBOWLES Chief Executive Officer, John Saxon, spotlights the challenge presented by sensor systems exposed to dirty, buggy, icy, and rainy encumbrances in the very environment they are designed to navigate.
COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 10,
2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — dlhBOWLES of Columbia, Maryland USA announces a new
development for an innovative technology supporting Advanced Driving Systems
(ADS) and Autonomous Vehicles (AV) with the RAPA group located in Selb, Germany
and in Auburn, Alabama USA. Clēr™ is a Camera and Sensor Cleaning product
line that uses patented technology developed by dlhBOWLES to distribute air and
water at the right time to the right location on a vehicle in order to keep
cameras and sensors free of environmental contaminants.
dlhBOWLES’ Clēr™ product
line includes RAPA’s solenoid distribution system to control when, how, and how
much air or liquid is distributed to a sensor. Together with dlhBOWLES’
expertise in fluid distribution, the Clēr™ system provides vehicle
manufacturers with a highly engineered system to maintain functionality of
their ADS and AV Systems while the vehicle is in operation. This technology
will be on display by invitation only in the Westgate Hotel at CES 2020 in Las
Vegas, Nevada from January 7, 2020 through January 10, 2020. Contact
dlhBOWLES at email@example.com to request a private
viewing of this technology.
Executive Officer John Saxon announced, “Our recently formed partnership with
RAPA underscores dlhBOWLES’ commitment to serve our customers with excellence
in everything we do and furthermore reflects our desire to collaborate with
companies who share our vision of constant improvement. We consider CES 2020 an
ideal time and place for our new product line reveal as we build upon our past,
leverage our present, and shape our future.”
Also, RAPA LP Chief
Executive Officer Kelly Nelson sees this cooperation as a great opportunity for
the future: “Anticipating the engineering challenges of our customers before
they face them is at the heart of our product developmental strategy. The
opportunity to collaborate with a company like dlhBOWLES should be seen as a
clear commitment to our customers to that end. Together we will lead the way in
providing solutions to our customers within the ever-changing and challenging
engineering landscape of autonomous driving.”
cleaning systems for automotive cameras and sensors that seamlessly integrate
into a vehicle’s existing washer system, improving the effectiveness and safety
of today’s Advanced Driving Systems and tomorrow’s Autonomous Vehicle
technology. Foreign materials like dust, mud, road salt, snow and water
can cause sensor obstruction that will lead to degraded system performance or
even render the system inoperable.
Any vehicle utilizing
optical sensors (including cameras) will need a clear, unobstructed view to
function properly and ensure safe operation. The presence of cameras and sensor
systems on new vehicles has increased significantly over the past few years and
will be part of standard equipment in the coming years as more vehicles adopt
the lifesaving ADS technologies.
As a partner of the
Automotive industry, RAPA shapes the current trends in automotive engineering.
With innovative solutions in safety, comfort, e-mobility, efficiency and
sustainability, this family-owned company based in Selb, Germany will soon be
celebrating 100 years of success as a reputed technology partner and hidden
Rausch & Pausch
provides engineering and installation services for large premium automotive
brands such as BMW, Daimler, Jaguar, Tesla and Porsche to name but a few. RAPA
focuses on the development of parts, components and systems for vehicles and
assists along the entire cycle from pre-development to the start of production.
With an ultra-modern, high-tech laboratory at its headquarters, the latest
measuring and test equipment, and prototype production; RAPA offers an excellent
infrastructure at its plant in Selb, Germany and Auburn, Alabama, USA. But this
is still not enough as every production system is developed in-house and is
tailored exactly to specific requirements.
For over 60 years,
dlhBOWLES has been a pioneer of innovation thanks to their deep strength in
research and development leading to more than 250 patents in the area of fluid
management systems and devices. The company utilizes dedicated
engineering teams using state-of-the-art prototyping and manufacturing processes,
allowing for a penchant to take the initiative. In 2012, the company was
first to market with its front camera cleaning system on the Ford F-150
Raptor. dlhBOWLES has achieved its standing as a valued and trusted
supplier of washer, sunroof and powertrain components to many original
equipment manufacturers. Proven product effectiveness and focus guided by
key partnerships brings the benefits gained to find real answers to customer
pain points thereby Making Safety Systems Safer.
We are excited to collaborate with Webasto, the world market leader for roof systems, developing creative solutions for the future of mobility. At this year’s IAA Frankfurt Auto Show, Webasto unveiled their Roof Sensor Module, the solution to integrate sensors, cameras and associated features attractively into the roof of autonomous vehicles. This also includes the dlhBOWLES Sensor Cleaning System to ensure sensor functionality in all weather conditions. We combined our respective expertise to seamlessly integrate a cleaning system; using our distinctive nozzle technology and exceptional engineering to clean sensors faster and more efficiently. For more information about the Webasto Roof Sensor Module:
https://www.webasto-group.com/en/ For more on dlhBOWLES camera and sensor cleaning technology: https://dlhbowles.com/solutions-services-2/adas-autonomous-vehicle-technology-2-2-2/
Engineers who eat, sleep and breathe the objectives of automated driving, machine vision, LiDAR, driver monitoring, and active safety know that the sensor requirements keep evolving every six months. Application of these automotive technologies calls upon the need for proactive sensor cleaning. In his article, Freddie Holmes (2019) points out that while the vehicle’s beltline is the ideal viewing point for vision sensors, it can also be the dirtiest. As sensor availability is mission-critical, sensor cleaning takes on a prominent role. Read more about the intrigue of sensor cleaning and the dlhBOWLES proactive approach here: https://www.automotiveworld.com/articles/poised-and-prepared-proactive-sensor-cleaning-is-a-must/