OEMs can satisfy both increasing emissions requirements and keeping up with new product innovations by focusing their attention on the areas of the equipment that impact the operator experience on a larger scale, says Southco's Bob Straka.
Aerospace technologies provide solutions that help off-highway manufacturers to meet increasing heat-management requirements that stem from stricter emissions standards, explains Bruce Kaplan of Thermal Structures.
In the exhaust systems arena, design innovations occurring within the last decade along with new analytical tools will help shape the way engineers design systems in the future, according to Tru-Flex's Scott Swank.
Although some commercial vehicle fleets and owners remain skeptical about autonomous driving and the implications for their big rigs traveling down the highway, much of the technology is already available to make it a real possibility, states WABCO's Jon Morrison.
Driven by rising demand for lighter weight components in automotive, heavy-duty trucks and off-highway vehicles, a new wave of technology and operational initiatives is taking center stage in the iron castings industry, explains Grede's Jay Solomond.
Bernd Krüper, head of the Construction & Agriculture business, and Frank Dräse, program manager for EU Stage V at MTU, talk about the world’s strictest off-highway emissions directive and the solutions being developed by MTU for the power range from 100 to 480 kW (134 to 643 hp).
New autonomous dc-powered heating systems help cold-weather starting and operation of off-highway equipment by thawing or preventing freeze-ups of diesel engine components without draining battery power, engenity's Rick Garber explains.
While connected technologies for passenger vehicles are moving toward more widespread, everyday use, the benefits of improved performance, safety, durability, and fuel economy offered by connected vehicles are rapidly gaining a foothold in the off-highway market as well, says Dana's George Constand.
While the European Union’s upcoming Stage V standards will not be applicable in North America, product improvements made to meet the regulations are expected to be made available for the North American market, explains Cummins' Vice President Engineering – Engine Business, Jim Fier.
Rather than localized smart components, truly intelligent equipment features an integrated system that can communicate from component to component, as well as externally, according to Eaton Hydraulics' Astrid Mozes.
At the recent Bauma 2016 in Munich, Volvo Construction Equipment President Martin Weissburg revealed the largest excavator and articulated hauler the company has ever produced, and provided his thoughts on connectivity trends and the market in China.
Despite the greater efficiencies of engine brake designs, increasing gross weights, lower rolling resistance, and engine downsizing have driven the need for more auxiliary braking power on heavy trucks and buses. Jacobs Vehicle Systems' response is the High Power Density (HPD) engine brake.
The 6-cylinder turbocharged Cat C9.3B engine delivers 18% more power and torque, and has a simplified and 30% smaller aftertreatment system. It will meet Stage V, Tier 4 Final, and below emissions standards.
Perkins launched a new family of 4-cylinder, 2.8- and 3.6-L diesel engines that deliver 60 to 134 hp (45 to 100 kW). Citing modularity as a key element of this new engine platform, Ramin Younessi, President of Perkins, unveiled the Syncro 3.6-L engine in the company’s booth at Bauma 2016 in Munich.
This past November Caterpillar opened its new Additive Manufacturing (AM) Factory at its Tech Center in Mossville, IL, to consolidate and expand its 3D printing activities. AM engineer Brittany Hancock recently gave Off-Highway Engineering a tour of the new facility and discussed the company’s current and future plans regarding the use of 3D printing technology.