Tecumseh officials cut the ribbon as the company celebrates the opening of its new research center. From left, Bill Merritt, president, North America; Janice Stipp, chief financial officer; Roger Jackson, vice president, human resources; Jim Connor, president and CEO; Mike Noelke, executive vice president, sales, marketing and engineering.

A new 35,000 ft2facility for Tecumseh Products Co., Ann Arbor, Mich., has opened for research, testing and product development.

The Global Technology Center joins certified Tecumseh labs in France, Brazil and India, which form the company’s global engineering network.

The multi-million-dollar facility contains computer simulation, testing and analysis tools, including two large-scale environmental chambers, each with hydrocarbon refrigerant-testing capability, as well as full-scale reliability and calorimeter testing.

“Tecumseh has been developing compressors and condensing units that use hydrocarbon refrigerants for more than a decade with the primary focus being Europe and South America,” says Mike Noelke, vice president of sales, marketing and engineering. “We’ll utilize this new facility to accelerate our hydrocarbon development efforts. Additional priorities include evaluating materials, lubricants and mechanisms to improve compressor performance and reliability.”

Much of the new technology center activities will be in partnership with customers to analyze compressor and condensing unit performance when applied to their equipment, according to Tecumseh. In addition, there will be engagement with customers to develop engineered refrigeration solutions, complete with agency certifications, the company says.