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STAR EnviroTech Wins Federal Patent Appeal From Competitor Redline Detection

Global Diagnostic Smoke® Technology leader STAR EnviroTech, Inc. has won the final U.S. patent challenge by competitor Redline Detection, LLC, in the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. In a precedential 33-page opinion1, the Court fully upheld STAR’s “nitrogen smoke” patent. This technology is used by every major automaker (OEM).

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Ford Motor Co. Approves Vacutec’s Smart Pressure® Smoke Machine With STAR EnviroTech Technology, Inside

Ford Motor Company’s Rotunda tool and equipment program has approved Vacutec’s variable high-pressure smoke machine (218-WV711), built in collaboration with Ford, for its dealerships.

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STAR EnviroTech Wins Five U.S. Patent Challenges by Competitor Redline Detection

STAR EnviroTech, Inc. has won all five of five patent challenges by Redline Detection LLC. STAR is the inventor of Diagnostic Smoke® Leak Detection Technologies licensed to tool manufacturers serving every major automaker and the automotive aftermarket.

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Diagnostic Smoke® Technologies Create Record Global Demand At Automechanika Frankfurt 2014

Diagnostic Smoke® Technologies were an international draw, beating previous demo and inquiry records at the recent Automechanika Frankfurt featuring visitors from over 76 countries.

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Vacutec Smart Pressure® High Pressure Smoke Machine Wins 2014 MOTOR Magazine Top 20 Tools Award

Vacutec’s High Pressure Smoke Machine (WV711) is recipient of MOTOR Magazine’s 2014 Top 20 Tools Award. Designed for turbo engines, the WV711 uses STAR EnviroTech’s patent pending Smart Pressure® digital microprocessor technology with special Honeywell® flow device. This overcomes the typical thinning smoke at higher pressures, which plagues conventional analog high-pressure machines, by delivering the densest smoke at any pressure.

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U.S. Soldier Pursues Automotive Engineering After Putting Smoke Machine to Test in Afghanistan

VETERAN’S DAY – It started as a simple gesture by OTC and Champion Engineering: donate a Leak Tamer smoke machine to an Army soldier stationed in Afghanistan to help keep the engines on military vehicles running smoothly and save money on engine overhauls. United States Staff Sgt. Daniel Wieman received the machine and as shop foreman for his unit at Kandahar Air Base, put it quickly to work checking for leaks between the filter and engine. Little did anyone know that Wieman’s automotive experience and use of the smoke machine in Afghanistan would eventually lead him to pursue a degree in automotive engineering at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.

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NEWS: STAR Wins USPTO Challenges

STAR has won all USPTO patent reexamination challenges to its inert gas and dye patents. These Patent Office decisions mean that any competitor not licensing STAR smoke technology cannot use an inert gas (e.g. nitrogen or CO2, etc.) in a smoke machine for safer fuel evaporative (EVAP) system testing (to prevent creating a flammable mixture inside the vehicle’s fuel tank). They also cannot use trace dye in the smoke vapor, (which is helpful in finding leaks and essential in high pressure leak applications).

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