- A Century of Innovation:
- Early Innovations:
- Air Conditioning Pioneer:
- The War Years:
- Midcentury Momentum:
- A Decade of Firsts:
- Onward and Upward:
- Expansion and Globalization:
- Birthing a New Tagline:
- Stretching the Idea of What’s Possible:
- A Legacy of Innovation:
A Century of Innovation:
1913 - 2013
From the start, Trane has been a name synonymous with innovation. Our products may have changed over the years, but one thing has remained the same—our commitment to exceptional service, premium quality and unrivaled reliability. See some engineering firsts and discover how we’ve gone above and beyond to see what’s possible.
After his invention of the Trane Vapor Heating System in 1885, James Trane and his son, Reuben, begin manufacturing operations and incorporate The Trane Company.
Things Heat Up:
Reuben’s invention of a convector radiator firmly establishes the company’s reputation as innovative. Using a coil through which steam or hot water is circulated, the convector radiator is a lightweight, efficient replacement for the heavy cast iron radiators of the era.
Top of the Class:
Reuben Trane launches what is today known as the Trane Graduate Engineering Program. Here, engineering graduates from prominent colleges and universities are recruited to receive intensive training in sales, engineering, HVAC system design and application. After completing six months, the graduates advance to sales or management assignments within the company.
Air Conditioning Pioneer:
Trane’s idea of using technology to give people relief from the summer heat is a radical and unproven idea that leads to what we know today as air conditioning. The first units are designed for use in offices, restaurants, ships, department stores, factories and movie theatres.
Setting the Standard:
Trane fundamentally changes the concept of air conditioning in large buildings with the launch of Turbovac, the industry’s first hermetic centrifugal refrigeration machine. It begins a long chain of innovations leading to the CenTraVac™, the industry’s standard for large commercial air conditioning systems.
The War Years:
During WWII, Trane uses its proven technologies in heating, process cooling and air conditioning to create products for the armed forces, including the Trane Aircraft Intercooler. This product, a major breakthrough for the time, allowed allied aircraft to fly higher and faster than ever before.
Taking advantage of the post-war construction boom, Trane expands its air conditioning and fan lines, and begins to manufacture its own reciprocating compressors, thus solidifying its position as an industry leader. Trane offers a complete line of HVAC products for commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, including the CenTraVac™ in 1951.
Trane Goes Public:
Trane’s stock begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange. It’s around this time that Trane introduces self-contained air conditioning units for commercial use. The compact packaged products are delivered to customers ready for installation and operation, lowering their installation costs and shortening construction schedules.
A Decade of Firsts:
Trane’s innovation continues with new heat pump technology and the launch of the first Weathertron® Heat Pump.
Reaching New Heights:
Trane’s innovations meet outer space when the basic heat exchanger design of its WWII Aircraft Intercooler is used on the Lunar Rover of the Apollo 15 mission.
Onward and Upward:
With the acquisition of Sentinel Electronics Corp., now Building Automation Systems Division (BASD), Trane moves into the building automation and management field. Trane is the first to offer integrated controls for all of its products, and as a result, the company becomes a leader in the still-new field of energy management.
On the Home Front:
Trane acquires the central air conditioning department of General Electric, making it a leader in residential air conditioning and changing the way many Americans think about temperature.
Bigger and Better:
On February 24, 1984, Trane is acquired by American Standard, Inc.
A New Generation:
Trane relaunches the American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning brand, introducing a new generation of families to the century-old American Standard tradition of making quality products for the home. A year later, Trane launches the first variable-speed hermetic compressor.
Trane introduces the legendary Spine Fin™ coil. That same year, the Vidalia, GA plant begins manufacturing air handlers. The early 90s also sees the outdoor platform, which later becomes an icon in the industry, the first 2-stage gas furnace and the Climatuff® compressor.
Birthing a New Tagline:
Trane introduces its new iconic tagline “It’s Hard to Stop a Trane,” reinforcing the brand’s legacy of reliability and durability.
Trane Reaches the Web:
In 1995, Trane launches www.trane.com.
The EPA awards Trane with its Climate Protection Award. 1998 also marks the launch of the Trane Comfort Specialist™ program, educating independent Trane dealers to provide the best in installation, service, customer satisfaction and employee training.
The Air We Breathe:
Trane launches CleanEffects™, the world’s most effective whole-house air cleaner. This breakthrough air filtration system is able to remove up to 99.98% of airborne particles from the conditioned air, helping families breathe easier in their homes.
End of an Era:
American Standard Companies splits on November 28, 2007, leaving each line of business to focus exclusively on the particular market it knows best. WABCO is spun off as an independent corporation and Bath and Kitchen is sold. Trane becomes its own company, reflecting its business focus and leadership in integrated HVAC services and solutions.
A Great Pairing – Even Better:
Global diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand acquires Trane, Inc., furthering its transformation into a multi-brand commercial products manufacturer. With Trane now part of the family, Ingersoll Rand is better equipped to provide products, services and solutions to enhance the quality and comfort of homes and buildings.
Trane ComfortLink™ II Control is introduced and named “one of the most transformative products of 2010” by Popular Mechanics. This product brings Trane into home automation.
New Language, New Opportunity:
Trane takes home automation to the next level by partnering with Schlage® to offer Nexia™ Home Intelligence. This product leverages the advanced technologies utilized by both companies to make everything in the home speak one single language.
A Century of Innovation:
Reuben Trane’s original idea of using technology to give people relief from the summer heat comes full circle, growing the company into a multifaceted business that helps make life easier, more comfortable and efficient for homeowners and business around the world.