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2008-06-19
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Focusing on efficiency, ZF Passau GmbH is rolling out systems that trim fuel consumption. Its Efficiency Package improves driveline technology for vehicles such as wheel loaders and diesel lift trucks that must perform quickly with millimeter accuracy, while Ergopower L II focuses on dump trucks.
2008-06-19
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Mack Trucks is beefing up its engine line with the MP10 engine, a big-block diesel with up to 605 hp (451 kW). It is the most powerful engine Mack has produced.
2008-06-19
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A new counterweight technology is being deployed on a 2300-t (2535-ton) crawler crane that Manitowoc Co. plans to begin shipping in 2010. The new balancing technique reduces the amount of ground that needs to be prepared for the crane’s operation.
2008-06-19
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The number of electronic elements on today’s vehicles is soaring, and operators are being challenged to manage the many functions they bring. Bosch Rexroth is addressing each of these trends with controllers that offer high I/O counts and advanced graphics capabilities.
2008-06-19
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Hydraulics may not seem to be at the forefront of the green movement, but the transition from fossil fuels to alternative power sources is creating many challenges for hydraulics companies. Evidencing the uncertainty that’s arising during this changeover, some equipment makers are looking at hydraulic technology as an alternative to electric-motor hybrids, while some hydraulic vendors are looking at electric motors.
2008-06-19
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Hydraulic engineers who know a lot about fluid pressure and other topics may not understand the intricacies of the software that's transforming hydraulic systems. They'll still be able to create programs using a range of new tools coming from vendors.
2008-06-19
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Trimble, which provides GPS services to a number of off-highway equipment companies, is expanding its reach by adding control and monitoring capabilities. The complete system, the CCS900 compaction control system, includes a display with human machine interface, along with GPS hardware and an accelerometer.
2008-06-19
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The battery-powered hybrid technology used throughout the automotive industry is making its way into the off-highway marketplace. Volvo Construction Equipment demonstrated a prototype of its L220F hybrid wheel loader at ConExpo, saying the vehicle can save fuel and extend engine lifetimes.
2008-06-19
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One of the most unusual aspects of Caterpillar's upgraded M series motor graders was replacing the steering wheel and other controls with a joystick, reducing operator motion by 78%. The design features over 100 patents.
2008-06-19
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When it came to entering the military market, International Truck and Engine found that speed and safety were as closely intertwined in vehicle design as they are in the animal kingdom. Using a modular technique shortened time until shipments while also enhancing safety.
2008-06-19
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When several sensors are added throughout a vehicle, setup and calibration are far less of a problem than in the past. That is if off-highway test engineers use sensors that employ a standard that stores identification data on the sensor, bringing plug-and-play to the testing field.
2008-06-19
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Parker Hannifin’s Runwise technology is based on an energy recovery system that collects energy when brakes are applied and when the engine is idling, storing this energy in a hydraulic accumulator. The hybrid technology was developed in conjunction with Autocar, a garbage truck developer, but Parker is also examining systems that can be used in wheel loaders and other vehicles that often start and stop.
2008-06-19
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Engineers who analyze combustion processes do not need more variables. However, biofuels, which have burning and performance characteristics that differ sharply from petrodiesel, will alter the way engines perform.
2008-06-19
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Emissions regulations are prompting changes in the backup generation market. Suppliers in all ranges of the gen-set market are rolling out efficient, clean-running stationary engines.
2011-09-29
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Hybrid and electric vehicles are being eyed by the military, which has often found it difficult to supply fuel when many vehicles are on the move. But a number of challenges must be overcome before warfighters see electrified vehicles in the field.
2011-10-04
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Collaboration has become a watchword for the many aspects of vehicle development projects over the past years as cost-strapped vehicle makers added complex electronic features and functions to vehicles. Military developers also are planning to use even more of these linkups as military budget cuts loom.
2011-12-06
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Regulations developed by committees are among the factors behind the expanding focus on safety. The committees that create standards are also playing a big role in the effort to improve safety.
2011-12-19
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Telematics suppliers in the commercial segment are making strategic moves as analysts predict solid double-digit growth for fleet management technologies. New product rollouts and mergers are occurring as suppliers try to expand their market share.
2012-03-16
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The rapid evolution of sensors, processors, and software is making unmanned ground vehicles viable in applications as diverse as mining and battlefields.
2012-01-30
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Joysticks provide more functionality, programmable displays provide more data, and switches work in conjunction with software to help off-highway operators do many tasks with minimal effort.
2012-04-11
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Norwegian ship owner Myklebusthaug Management plans to become the first company to employ a dc power grid on board a ship. A 5000-ton offshore platform support vessel will deploy ABB’s Onboard DC Grid.
2012-09-21
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After roughly a decade of research into dedicated short range communications (DSRC), U.S. government agencies are preparing to decide whether to mandate adoption.
2012-06-27
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The focus on software may dominate efforts in hardware, but there are still many challenges for those who design with tangible components.
2012-05-14
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For commercial truckers and fleet owners, communications between vehicles could improve both fuel economy and safety. While the benefits can be significant, regulators question whether the technology will be adopted if it’s not required.
2009-09-08
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Ricardo has developed a spark-ignited V6 engine that matches the performance of a larger V8 diesel engine while also reducing costs. Its Ethanol-Boosted Direct Injection (EBDI) also has the potential to reduce aftertreatment size while letting operators use a range of fuels.
2009-10-14
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Alternative fuels can help fleet owners save money, often without requiring large investments. But before vehicle owners switch to biodiesel and natural gas, they need to ensure that they are maintaining quality levels and making sound financial decisions.
2009-10-09
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More powerful design tools, faster microprocessors, and software standards are a few of the tools that will help make possible a system-wide approach toward vehicle design.
2009-10-14
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Buses account for a high percentage of U.S. emissions, prompting an industry-wide push to reduce pollutant output. Alternatives such as natural gas and even gasoline hybrids are getting increased attention as regulators and vehicle owners try to balance conservation and cost.
2009-09-24
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Advances in sensors, CPUs, and software help in the drive to eliminate drivers.
2009-11-05
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The impact of Tier 4 interim regulations goes well beyond engines, stretching to the infrastructure needed for new aftertreatment techniques and to human-machine-interface issues.
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