WIX Filters Awarded Patent for In-Vehicle Air Filtration System

Wednesday, 01 November 2006

WIX Filtration Corp. recently received a U. S. patent for a cabin air filtration system designed to protect NASCAR drivers from dust, noxious fumes and carbon monoxide.

The unique air-filtration system consists of three parts: an air intake in the form of a window scoop; an air filter assembly that removes particulate matter, noxious fumes and odors then converts carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide; and an air duct assembly for delivering fresh air to the driver through the driver’s helmet.

Air filtration is extremely important to professional racecar drivers because they are subjected to high levels of dust, rubber, gas and oil vapors, and deadly carbon monoxide. The new system from WIX is designed to assure a continual flow of cool, clean air to the driver regardless of conditions at the track.

"This advancement in filtration technology is the latest accomplishment in WIX’s 67-year history of innovation," said Bruce Johnston, brand manager for WIX Filters. "The technology behind this new system for NASCAR is also reflected in the cabin air filters that we produce for light and heavy-duty vehicles. Racing is one of our most important research and development initiatives, and all of our customers benefit from what we learn at the track."

The number of cars and trucks with cabin air filtration systems has increased steadily in recent years, and many of these vehicles carry filters designed and manufactured by WIX Filters. While normal traffic conditions are not as strenuous as race tracks, there is growing concern over air pollution and its impact on drivers and passengers. Much like filtration systems developed for NASCAR, cabin air filters for light and heavy-duty vehicles capture contaminants such as soot, dirt and pollen, as well as dangerous airborne gases and odors.

"We are fortunate to have development partners within NASCAR such as Joe Gibbs Racing," said Bill Stamey, co-inventor of the cabin air filtration system and heavy duty engineering manager for WIX Filters. "Innovative technological advancements are the key to meeting our customers ever changing needs and concerns, and we couldn’t ask for a better laboratory than NASCAR where filtration products are tested to the extreme."

The air filtration system patent is the second that WIX Filters has earned this year for engineering advancements in air filtration. In May, the company received a patent for heavy duty air filters with a pre-molded end cap/handle on the closed end to reduce installation and removal times.

"From the first conical air filter to this most recent advancement in air filtration technology, WIX engineers continue to build on our company’s tradition of filtration innovations for automotive, industrial and agricultural applications," Stamey said.

Since 1939, WIX Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks and off-road equipment. WIX, a member of the Affinia family of brands, is the number one filter in NASCAR and an exclusive NASCAR Performance Product. WIX Filters’ Internet address is www.wixfilters.com.


WIX® Filters Introduces the WIX XP Cabin Air Filter


WIX® Filters Announces Top Four Finalists for 2019 School of the Year Competition


WIX® Filters Introduces 103 New Parts in First Half of Year


WIX® Filters Awards Nearly $45,000 to National FFA Chapters


WIX® Filters Renews and Expands Sponsorship of Performance Racing Network’s ‘At the Track’ Program


WIX® Filters Encourages You to Nominate Your School for the 2019 SOTY Award


WIX® Filters Named Presenting Sponsor of NHRA Carolina Nationals


WIX® Filters Globally Releases 398 New Parts in First Three Quarters of 2017


WIX® Filters, Babcox Media Present Tobi Klunder-Edmonds, Edmonds Import Auto with Fourth Annual WIX Driving Performance Award


WIX® Filters, Babcox Media Select Two 2017 Counter Professionals of The Year


WIX® Filters Launches Groundbreaking Senzit™ Smart Air Filter Monitor


WIX® Filters Launches New Heavy-Duty Air Filters


WIX® Filters Extends Partnership with Richard Childress Racing


WIX® Filters Named 2015 O`Reilly Auto Parts Supplier of the Year


WIX® Filters Honored With Auto PlusSM Diamond Award During AAPEX


WIX® Filters Wins AWDA 2015 Pursuit of Excellence Award


WIX® Filters Awards $44,341.25 to National FFA Chapters


WIX® Filters Reveals Top 20 Schools in 2015 School of the Year Competition




WIX® Filters Named Seventh Healthiest Large Company By Charlotte Business Journal