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Volvo Trucks brings Volvo Dynamic Steering to North American market

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Volvo Dynamic Steering is an ultra-responsive steering system designed to help reduce driver fatigue and increase road safety. (Courtesy: VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS), what the company describes as a world-class technical innovation, is an ultra-responsive steering system designed to lessen steering force up to 85%, helping reduce driver fatigue and increase road safety.

VDS will be available as an option in the Volvo VNL and VNR models in early 2020.

“Drivers are the trucking industry’s biggest assets, and opportunities to increase driver recruitment and retention are top-of-mind for our customers,” said Chris Stadler, product marketing manager, Volvo Trucks North America. “Providing state-of-the-art features that improve drivers’ physical working conditions and comfort is an important aspect of driver satisfaction, as well as increasing overall productivity and road safety.”

VDS is an active steering system that features an electric motor mounted on top of the hydraulic steering gear. Input from multiple vehicle sensors, at over 2,000 times per second, determine the appropriate steering wheel response. The system continuously monitors drivers’ actions, environmental factors and road conditions faster than the blink of an eye. The motor provides additional torque when needed to keep the truck safely on the road. This supports driver reactions with greater control and less abrupt maneuvering, Stadler said.

First launched by Volvo Trucks in Europe, VDS is ideal for diverse and changing terrains and automatically adjusts to handle any roadway condition. From rough roads to tight maneuvers in urban environments, VDS can help drivers navigate unexpected situations such as pot holes and rapid tire deflations, providing up to nine ft.-lb. of torque in the steering column.

Stadler said key VDS features include:

  • Vehicle Stability Control leads to increased directional stability on the highway, which offers a more relaxed and safe driving experience with full control at all speeds.
  • Return-to-Center, or Zero Return enables the steering wheel to return to the center position when the vehicle is in motion, making it easier to reverse the vehicle and maneuver in tight areas.
  • Dampening allows the steering system to filter inputs from the road surface and, based on feedback from multiple sensors, helps improve handling and vehicle stability.
  • Lead/Pull Compensation provides a torque offset within the steering system to compensate for crowned roads, steady crosswinds and other short-term conditions that can affect handling.

With more controlled steering, VDS helps reduce operational fatigue by filtering road vibration and noise through the steering wheel, Stadler said, adding that repetitive motions because of varying roadway conditions and maneuvering actions could cause physical discomfort, which can be lessened when using this system. In fact, testing has shown that VDS has the potential to cut muscular strain by up to 30% and for some specific motions, strain can be reduced up to 70%.

“Volvo Trucks’ new feature brings value and support to our customers and professional drivers,” Stadler said. “With the VDS system, we see increased productivity for our customers and decreased fatigue for drivers. In addition, it contributes to improved stability and control of the vehicle, thereby increasing road safety.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems launches new digital parts catalog

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A great feature is the ability to make side notes from the bottom toolbar. (Courtesy: HENDRICKSON)

WOODRIDGE, Ill. — Hendrickson has launched the online digital Truck Suspension Systems Parts Catalog.

The new Truck Parts Catalog with interactive navigation can be browsed online at Hendrickson Parts.com under header of Digital Parts Catalogs.

The digital parts catalog is instantly accessible through any mobile or desktop device and does not require additional downloads or apps.

“The new digital catalog offers several different ways to navigate through the document to view information quickly and efficiently,” said David McCleave, director of aftermarket for Hendrickson. “You can search by part number or name, or you can click on the table of contents to reach your desired destination. Zoom in or out easily and the text and images stay sharp and clear.”

Another great feature is the ability to make side notes from the bottom toolbar.

McCleave said the notes are specific to the user and they remain available when returning return using the same device.

McCleave said as a commitment to delivering the highest level of customer service, Hendrickson is continuously improving parts information accessibility for efficient, easy reference. Digital parts catalogs for trailer, auxiliary axle and bumper and trim divisions will also be released in the coming months.

For additional information or to order a Hendrickson Genuine Parts catalog, visit the Literature Request Form page at www.hendrickson-intl.com/Litform or contact Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems, 800 South Frontage Road, Woodridge, Illinois, 60517-4904 or call 866-755-5968.

 

 

 

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Kinedyne engineers lighter, yet stronger winches to integrate with straps

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All of Kinedyne’s three-bar winches have also been redesigned and feature the new “Thumb Saver” thumb pawl and increased spacing between bars from 0.75 inches to 1.13 inches. (Courtesy: KINEDYNE)

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — Kinedyne, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of cargo control technologies, including cargo securement, capacity and access solutions for the transportation industry, has introduced newly designed and engineered winches.

The new winches have a working load limit (WLL) of 6,670 pounds, more than 20 percent greater than the current industry standard of 5,500 pounds, and consistent with the 6,670-pound WLL of its RHINO MAX and K-FORCE winch straps.

The move to the greater WLL means more secure loads, lower damage claims and other benefits, according to Bob Dissinger, director of U.S. sales for Kinedyne.

Working as a load securement system, Kinedyne’s new winches and straps provide a greater WLL than many chain and binder systems, Dissinger said.

The company offers a wide variety of weld-on, portable, sliding, double “L” sliding and combination winch styles to ensure that the appropriate winch is available for each application.

“With the addition of our newly engineered winch designs, Kinedyne now offers a range of integrated cargo securement systems, all with an industry-leading WLL,” Dissinger said. “In addition to making our winch offering stronger and more durable, we’ve reduced their weight by an average of 22 percent, making them easier to handle, and we’ve added a new “Thumb Saver” pawl that is simpler to operate, even with gloved hands.”

All of Kinedyne’s three-bar winches have also been redesigned and feature the new “Thumb Saver” thumb pawl and increased spacing between bars from 0.75 inches to 1.13 inches. The unique three-bar winch reel design allows for easy strap insertion, even when slots have ice buildup.

“Kinedyne has engineered each new winch frame using heat-treated carbon steel, and the design includes a single piece rolled, heat-treated, split-mandrel with a welded cap and a forged steel thumb pawl,” Dissinger said. “Most of Kinedyne’s popular winches have been converted to the new design, which features a black matte powder-coated finish.”

The new mandrel retains its optimized web-slot radius, which minimizes cutting and abrasion on webbing, thus extending its life. The material and design are also resistant to “egging,” or the elongation of the mandrel cap hole, which helps improve operator safety when using a winch bar.

Dissinger said Kinedyne engineers its winch components by attaching them to the frame using robotic welders to ensure manufacturing consistency. In addition, the manufacturing month and year are permanently stamped on each winch frame.

Slider winch frame thicknesses have been decreased to seven millimeters, reducing their weight by 19 percent. While weld-on winch frame thicknesses remain at 8 millimeters, their weights have still been reduced by 25 percent, resulting in increased strength for both.

“We set a new industry standard for weight capacity with the introduction of our RHINO MAX and K-FORCE cargo securement straps in 2018,” Dissinger said. “With the introduction of our new winches, we’ve created a stronger, lighter-weight system that’s more durable, easier to operate and that fits a wide variety of cargo securement applications.”

For more information, call Kinedyne’s customer service department at 800-848-6057 in the United States, 800-268-3530 in Canada and 011-5255-53184844 in Mexico.

 

 

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Eaton launches 4-speed transmission for electric commercial vehicles

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Eaton officials said the heavy-duty 4-speed EV transmission solves the primary issue related to single-speed drives: contradictory requirements for high efficiency at top speeds and increased torque at launch and low speeds. (Courtesy: EATON)

ATLANTA — Power management company Eaton Wednesday said its eMobility business will launch an all-new 4-speed transmission for heavy-duty electric commercial vehicles to meet growing demand in a number of segments, including pickup and delivery and port drayage in North America, China and Europe.

The new transmission, designed for Class 7 and Class 8 commercial vehicles, is currently in the testing phase with major OEMs and is set to debut in 2022. The announcement was made at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show here.

The transmission is the latest addition to Eaton’s growing eMobility portfolio of electrified vehicle (EV) transmissions and other componentry, which also includes medium-duty 2- and 4-speed models that are also currently in production with several OEMs, according to Scott Adams, senior vice president, eMobility.

“Electric trucks and buses need to be able to go up hills and run at highway speeds when they are fully loaded.,” Adams said. “Our solution is to expand the range of the motor by adding an EV transmission. With this addition, the vehicle can perform well on hills and efficiently at highway speeds with a smaller, less costly motor.”

Adams said the heavy-duty 4-speed EV transmission solves the primary issue related to single-speed drives: contradictory requirements for high efficiency at top speeds and increased torque at launch and low speeds. Fine-pitch helical gears ensure a smooth, low-noise operation, while the Eaton Transmission Control Unit’s shifting strategy is designed for fast gear changes and maximum efficiency, which extend range and battery life, he said.

“The transmission is based on traditional, robust and efficient lay shaft architecture typical of AMTs but is designed specifically for electric commercial vehicle applications,” Adams said. “Unlike traditional commercial vehicle transmissions, Eaton’s 4-speed EV gearbox does not have a clutch, and shifts are synchronized using the traction motor. It also operates at higher speeds than its traditional internal combustion gearbox counterparts, and gears are optimized for typical electric motor performance and power curves for maximum efficiency.”

By providing higher output speed capability and torque range than a direct-drive system, the transmission enables the usage of a smaller, lighter electric motor for large commercial vehicles, which cuts down on the cost, a major buying point for commercial EV operators, Adams said.

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Eaton has approximately 100,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.Eaton.com.

 

 

 

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