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Volvo, Mack announce large-scale DPF remanufacturing program

MIDDLETOWN, Penn.-- Mack and Volvo have announced they are launching a large-scale diesel particulate filter (DP...


A DPF in the process of remanufacturing.
A DPF in the process of remanufacturing.

MIDDLETOWN, Penn.– Mack and Volvo have announced they are launching a large-scale diesel particulate filter (DPF) remanufacturing program.

The companies will reman’ used DPFs out of their Middletown Remanufacturing Center. According to the companies, DPFs will be remanufactured to more than 90% of their original capacity.

First, air will be blown across the filter element and ash and contaminants will be removed using a powerful vacuum. Filters with a lot of oil or particulate buildup will then be baked in an industrial oven to further remove ash, the companies explained.

Bob MacPherson, manager of lean systems and new engine projects, said this will be done cost-effectively, since the DPFs will be remanufactured in bulk.

“DPFs are tremendously effective at capturing particulates and keeping them from the air we breathe,” MacPherson said. “Once the truck’s sensor shows the filter is filling with ash and is no longer performing optimally, the customer will come to a Mack dealership and exchange the filter element for a remanufactured one. The other element will be sent to us and we will remanufacture it and return it to useful service.”

The companies say their cleaning process will remove more ash in one cleaning than other methods could clear out in multiple cleanings. So far, most trucks with EPA07 engines and DPFs have yet to reach the mileage where the first cleaning will be required.

“Our message to customers is that when they’re ready to change out their DPFs, we have a cost-effective solution to do that,” MacPherson added. “Our 30 years of experience in perfecting the remanufacturing process ensures customers will get the highest levels of performance and quality in their remanufactured components.”


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