The Energy Department recently awarded Cummins, the nation’s only independent diesel engine maker, a two-year, $4.5-million grant to boost its previous mark by 5 percentage points to 55% brake thermal efficiency.
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.
Dana Holding Corp.’s Spicer Smart Suite technology is a platform of fully integrated, connected-vehicle features that converts operating data from the drivetrain into actionable insights for enhancing productivity, improving operator and machine safety and reducing total operating costs.
Major powertrain enhancements by Volvo Trucks for its 2017 lineup include turbo compounding for the North American Volvo D13 engine; the introduction of Volvo I-Shift with Crawler Gears automated manual transmission; Volvo I-See predictive cruise control; and a one-box exhaust aftertreatment system.
Most engine manufacturers hand the task of packaging the engine, cooling system, exhaust, aftertreatment, and controls off to a distributor or integrator, but Perkins' Jaz Gill says the company chose to take a different approach.
With any new technology, there comes a learning curve, says MTU's Andy Suda, and it has become clear that the service and maintenance methods of yesteryear may not be best suited for today’s streamlined engineering advancements.
Although many of the technologies used to great success in military applications--such as SWIR, RGI, and LIDAR--are costly, the cost could go down drastically if put in full production for off-highway equipment.
Biodiesel fuel is a viable supplement for traditional fossil fuels, as long as manufacturers make the necessary changes in equipment to accommodate these new types of fuels, according to Freudenberg-NOK's Joe Walker.