De-icer for cars and trucks

Oct. 7, 2004
Keeping windshields clean and free of ice can be a bothersome chore.

To help drivers, engineers at Microheat Inc., Farmington Hills, Mich. (microheat.com), have developed Hotshot, a programmable heater for windshield fluid. It is effective against ice, snow and frost, mud, tree sap, insects, bird droppings, wax, road oil, grime, and dirt, according to the company.

It quickly heats a wide range of washer fluids, delivering an initial, short burst of 185°F steam to clear the nozzle, then several squirts of 145°F water to clean the glass. It does not rely on engine heat, and works whether the car is moving or not. The unit weights 1.1 lb., is about the size of a cordless phone, and installs into the existing network of tubes and electrical connections serving the windshield wipers and washer fluid. The unit, controlled through an aftermarket switch of the dash, is suitable for front and rear windshields, as well as headlights.

Sponsored Recommendations

The entire spectrum of drive technology

June 5, 2024
Read exciting stories about all aspects of maxon drive technology in our magazine.

MONITORING RELAYS — TYPES AND APPLICATIONS

May 15, 2024
Production equipment is expensive and needs to be protected against input abnormalities such as voltage, current, frequency, and phase to stay online and in operation for the ...

Solenoid Valve Mechanics: Understanding Force Balance Equations

May 13, 2024
When evaluating a solenoid valve for a particular application, it is important to ensure that the valve can both remain in state and transition between its de-energized and fully...

Solenoid Valve Basics: What They Are, What They Do, and How They Work

May 13, 2024
A solenoid valve is an electromechanical device used to control the flow of a liquid or gas. It is comprised of two features: a solenoid and a valve. The solenoid is an electric...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Machine Design, create an account today!