The WI system is in pilot development with a Bosch customer. Test results to date show a reduction of fuel consumption at high loads and low rpm (up to 4% improvement on the NEDC cycle); reduction or avoidance of fuel enrichment and lower exhaust-gas temperatures at high loads and high rpm, and improved torque.
New PL72, PL83, and PL87 pipelayers feature differential steering and an electronically controlled hydraulic system that places total control of lifting functions into a single joystick. A dash-mounted LCD display provides onboard diagnostic information for the operator.
Connected vehicles bring many of the benefits gained with Internet access, but they also bring security issues including the threat of cyber attacks. That’s forcing design teams throughout the automotive supply chain to focus on a broad range of security technologies that create a holistic defense strategy. Defense in depth is the watchword.
Product designers and engineers can now get injection-molded low-alloy steel prototypes and low-volume production parts at Proto Labs, Inc., to complement the company’s existing stainless steel materials for injection molding.
A tire pressure monitoring chipset can help fleet managers improve fuel economy and tell when vehicles are overloaded while also simplifying setup times. The Freescale Semiconductor device is said to be the industry’s smallest sensor, yet it has a broad operating range of 100-1500 kPa, exceeding the levels normally required for heavy commercial trucks.
Developed in coordination with the Volvo Group, the D5 and D8 engines feature a newly designed platform with a larger displacement compared to previous versions. The new engines offer improved an engine block stiffness and higher torque at low speed.
The mobility industry is encouraged to get on board quickly and work with other sectors toward common solutions related to the Internet of Things including increasing vehicle safety and reliability, improving the user experience, and exposing new revenue streams for manufacturers and service providers.
Based in Frankfurt, Pierre Juan manages sales and technical teams across 19 countries as the Global Automotive Vice President at Styrolution. The company describes itself as the leading global styrenics supplier. He discusses the future of plastics in the automotive industry, including opportunities and challenges.
Off-highway machine mounting systems, especially the cab mounting system, significantly affect the operator comfort in the cab by providing enough damping for a good ride and isolating the structure-borne forces from traveling into the cab.