OEMs can’t wait until the end of the process to think about how the machine and engine will be supported in the field. For attentive suppliers, that means innovations in modern diesel engines cannot be restricted just to combustion and emissions technologies any longer, says Perkins' Oliver Lythgoe.
Connectivity in regard to hydraulic systems involves the utilization of “smart” components, which communicate with one another on a common system. The commonality of being connected—from using Wi-Fi, cellular or satellite connection wherever we go to syncing all our devices—is an expectation in the off-highway equipment industry, says Danfoss' Henrik V. Joergensen.
The newly redesigned 2-pole DEUTSCH connector (MDC06-2S) from Murrelektronik, Inc. is an extremely compact connector—18 mm (0.71 in) long when plugged in—making it easier than ever to make connections, even in confined spaces.
The off-highway sector includes many niche markets, for which diesel power historically has been the preferred choice—but a combination of factors is leading some to switch to natural gas-fueled engines, requiring spark ignition, notes Federal-Mogul Powertrain's CTO, Gian Maria Olivetti.
Heavy-duty trucks have been using telematics for years to communicate a relatively narrow view of engine status. Manufacturers and fleet operators are now looking at the Internet of Things (IoT) to provide an expanded view of truck health, says Bsquare's Dave McCarthy.
FPT Industrial offers a broad range of natural gas engines, with solutions from 136 to 400 hp (101 to 298 kW) for light, medium, and heavy vehicles. The brand is also in the advanced stages of trialing natural gas engines for agricultural equipment, says brand president Annalisa Stupenengo.
Volvo Buses has started the global launch of its latest chassis powered by the 8-L Volvo engine. The Volvo B8R and B8RLE replace the top-selling Volvo B7R and B7RLE, which saw a production run exceeding 40,000 units and sales in 65 countries.
New engines and transmissions for medium-duty truck applications are evolving rapidly in response to ongoing demands for improved fuel consumption. Software is playing a major role in these advances while also helping improve diagnostic capabilities.
Eaton and Cummins announced a new joint venture, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, to design, develop, manufacture and service next-generation automated manual transmissions for heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicles. The JV also includes current Eaton AMTs.
Commercial vehicles are at the forefront of the Internet of Things movement, leveraging the connectivity that many have deployed for years. Equipment manufacturers are using IoT connections to improve their manufacturing operations, upgrade diagnostics to prognostics and improve maintenance operations.