As a globally recognised supplier of automotive systems and components, ACDelco has enjoyed its fair share of industry firsts and milestones. Take the pioneering development and introduction of the SMF or Sealed Maintenance Free battery forty years ago in 1971. This product has, over the last four decades, developed quite a reputation. And now, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary, their popularity shows no signs of abating. Indeed to many within the industry, SMF batteries are now seen as being in the prime of their life.
As well as being recognised as the ‘best dressed battery’ in the business, it is the outstanding features and the benefits that SMF batteries consistently deliver that continue to make them a firm favourite with workshops and customers. And whilst many of the features and benefits of SMF are well documented, their outstanding reputation basically centres on three key performance attributes:
Fit and Forget. With traditional batteries maintenance is understandably overlooked, often with dire consequences: failure and the prospects of the cost and inconvenience of replacement, and sometimes vehicle recovery for the customer in the process. Being maintenance free, ACDelco SMF batteries do what they say on the can – you just fit and forget them, letting customers enjoy miles of trouble free motoring in the process.
Extended Service Life. With ACDelco having constantly improved the technology of SMS batteries over the last forty years, the lead/calcium expanded grid design extends battery life.
Increased Shelf Life. Being a distress purchase product, stocks will always be needed on the shelf, ready and charged to get drivers up and running. Peace of mind comes from the fact that when compared to conventional batteries, the SMS variety enjoys a shelf life of up to 12 months without the need for charging.
“It is great to share in celebrating the 40th anniversary of ACDelco’s SMF batteries. As their ongoing popularity shows, they have proved a real winner and are likely to continue to lead the field in the future. ACDelco SMF batteries have a very good reputation within the UK and across Europe, being recognised for their rugged reliability and quality performance. It really is a fit and forget product and one that is reported to present very few problems over what amounts to a long and trouble free service life,” comments ACDelco’s General Manager, Lee Quinney.
At the heart of the design of SMF batteries are the lead calcium expanded grills (Lead Calcium Technology) that offers proven resistance against corrosion, overcharging, gassing, water usage, self discharge and thermal runaway, all of which limit the battery life of conventional lead acid batteries.
ACDelco’s platinum range of SMF (sealed maintenance free) batteries for the European aftermarket provides all makes coverage of cars, light vans and selected commercial vehicles. Covering DIN and JIS applications, this premium line takes in some 43 product references, included in which are a number of popular Asian vehicle applications, such as Mitsubishi Shogun, Toyota Yaris, Mazda 3, Suzuki Lian and specialist applications such as Ssangyong and Perodua.
FEATURES & BENEFITS CHECK LIST:
Built in hydrometer (most batteries) – Indicates state of charge.
Factory-sealed – Protects against acid damage & makes these batteries truly maintenance free.
Polypropylene case – Reinforced design is tailored to support the battery elements to withstand road shock and vibration. This strong durable material combines lightweight with high impact strength.
Liquid-gas separator area – Protects against loss of electrolyte or contamination, captures & returns vapour as a liquid to cell reservoir for longer battery life.
Integrated or rope handle – For ease of transport and installation.
Flame arrester – Safety system, prevents explosion from sparks outside the battery, minimises acid leakage, prevents inflow of dust.
Heat-sealed covers – Helps prevent electrolyte contamination and increase case strength.
Centred cast on plate strap – Stronger than thinner gas-burned conventional connectors.
Low resistance envelope separators – Encapsulated negative plates help to prevent shorting / treeing between negative and positive plates as well as aid vibration durability.
Increased battery shelf life - Compared to conventional batteries, up to 12 months shelf life without charging due to the use of calcium / calcium grids.
For further information on ACDelco SMF batteries or any other products in the range, contact Nicola Keep on: 01582 426240, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.