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Sleek design, powertrain advances distinguish Volvo’s new VNL trucks

2017-07-24
The new Volvo VNL series is the beneficiary of the truck maker's SuperTruck program, applying lessons learned and advanced technology to achieve an up to 7.5% improvement in fuel efficiency. Driver comfort and productivity, active and passive safety systems and enhanced vehicle uptime through over-the-air updates were other high priorities for engineers and designers of the next-generation long-haul tractor.
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Expect smarter engines, more compact aftertreatment from JDPS

2017-07-22
Dr. Xinqun Gui, manager of technology, control systems and emissions compliance for John Deere Power Systems, considers himself to be “fairly conservative” in terms of his powertrain outlook: “I think the internal combustion engine as we know it today still has a pretty long life ahead.” Even so, his expectations for improvements in engine “intelligence,” aftertreatment packaging, and machine electrification are anything but conservative.
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Connected commercial vehicles bring cybersecurity to the fore

2017-07-14
Connectivity, automation and electrification: Three inexorable trends that will largely drive on- and off-highway vehicle developments in the coming years, according to industry experts presenting keynotes at the revamped 2017 SAE COMVEC event. And with greater connectivity comes greater cyber concerns, they warn.
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Flexible high-temperature hose

2017-07-14
Conti Excelsus from ContiTech (Louisville, KY) is an extremely flexible high-temperature hose with external reinforcement for truck and off-highway applications.
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Smart sensors drive automated systems in off-highway

2017-07-13
Over the next several years, more equipment will add automated systems that pave the way to autonomous operations. Much of the control technology will be borrowed from passenger cars. However, the challenges facing design engineers creating off-highway equipment sensor systems are far more complex.
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Appraising the potential for platooning in the U.S.

2017-07-13
Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory perform statistical analysis based on a large collection of real-world U.S. truck usage data to estimate the fraction of total miles that are technically suitable for platooning.
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Model maturity assessment and certification—a vision

2017-07-12
Performance, reliability, and safety assessments performed using predictive capability for electromechanical systems are on the rise, yet no standard exists in the truck and off-highway engineering design industry for representing the degree to which a model has been validated. Such a standard can enable engineers and managers with a tool to assess the maturity of predictive capability itself.
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SwRI-led AC2AT consortium pushes diesel emission control systems development

2017-07-07
Stringent fuel-efficiency and criteria-pollutant standards call for new combustion strategies. The Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment Technologies consortium led by Southwest Research Institute reinvents existing technologies and experiments with new catalysts to meet standards.
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Automated Guided Vehicle platform

2017-06-27
Agile1500 Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) platform from Comau features the flexibility to be deployed across a wide range of manufacturing and non-manufacturing scenarios.
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Heavy-haul planetary drive axles

2017-06-22
Marmon-Herrington’s new 90,000 lb Sisu tandem axle set and new 136,000 lb Sisu tridem axle set are double reduction planetary drive axles designed for heavy-duty applications within the North American truck market.
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Neodymium compression bonded magnets

2017-06-20
All-new high energy B12 magnets from Bunting Magnetics Co.'s Magnet Applications, Inc. are a major upgrade to its neodymium compression bonded magnet product offerings.
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LVIT linear position sensors

2017-06-19
The ILPS-45 series inductive, contactless linear position sensors from The Sensor Connection use linear variable inductance transducer (LVIT) technology and are specifically designed for measuring applications requiring rugged devices.
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Synchronous step-down controller

2017-06-19
The LTC7800 from Analog Devices, Inc. is a synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that operates at up to 2.25 MHz for reduced circuit size and increased power density.
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Bulk material simulation

2017-06-19
EDEM for ANSYS simulation tool from EDEM enables engineers to add realistic bulk material loads as standard in ANSYS structural analysis without the need for Discrete Element Method (DEM) knowledge or expertise in bulk material simulation.
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