OEM Off-Highway

Electrification of Hydraulic Systems in Off-Highway Vehicles

During the Electrified Mobile Product & Application Conference 2022 hosted by Bosch Rexroth, OEM Off-Highway Editor Lori Ditoro talked with two Bosch Rexroth experts about the electrification of hydraulic systems. The conversation included the components of the new eLION electrified system for hydraulics and why the team was positioned to make the move for its customers.
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The Electric Wheel

The most efficient means of powering a device varies with need, practicality and available technology. One example is the crowd mechanism of a steam shovel. This mechanism moves the dipper stick in and out through the boom. It could be powered by a steam engine on the boom that received steam by lines from the boiler or by chains or cables operated by a steam engine elsewhere. When internal combustion rendered steam obsolete, the latter became standard. No shovel was ever built with a gas or diesel engine out on the boom or a drive shaft along the boom.

CTL Turf Tracks

ASV Holdings introduced smooth turf tracks for minimized damage to soft, delicate surfaces. With a combination of greater ground surface area and the benefits of ASV’s Posi-Track undercarriage, the turf tracks achieve equal or better traction than treaded tracks on dry surfaces. The ASV turf tracks minimize damage to topsoil and root systems, allowing for faster job completion in landscape, hardscape and golf course applications.

Acela Truck Company Introduces New Fire Truck Chassis

Acela Truck Company, a manufacturer of high-mobility truck chassis, introduced the new Acela Straya four-wheel drive, high-mobility, cab-over, 19,500-pound GVWR truck chassis in North America. The Straya is the first ever purpose-built wildland/urban interface fire truck chassis. Its cab-over design and military-grade performance offers maneuverability and visibility and off-highway capabilities for use in demanding work environments.

Robot-Ready, Frameless Servo Motors

Kollmorgen, a manufacturer of motion control systems, announced the new TBM2G series of frameless servo motors. These servo motors introduce features that simplify the design of collaborative, surgical, aerospace and defense, and other robots while delivering optimal performance in a lighter, more compact package. They will complement Kollmorgen’s existing TBM and KBM series of frameless motors.

GM, Hyundai, and Ford Embrace Climate Action

As passenger vehicles speed toward electrification, automakers and heavy-equipment manufacturers encourage other climate friendly initiatives and social responsibility. GM Asks Suppliers to Sign Pledge Advancing Global Climate Action and Human Rights. General Motors (GM) announced a new pledge. It invites global suppliers to join the company in a commitment to...

Alternative Fuels and Tighter Emission Regulations Drive Off-Highway Power Trends

With regulations in Europe and some states in the U.S. tightening, manufacturers of engines in the off-highway space are diversifying their offerings. From hybrid engines to hydrogen-powered models, many options are available, and more are on the horizon. The alternative fuel move, driven by limits on emissions, is discussed in two PowerBook articles on pages "Hydrogen Is Here for the Long Haul" and "Advancements in Battery Systems Are Increasing."

New Accessory for Offset Vibratory Roller Attachment

Road Widener LLC., a manufacturer of road construction equipment, announced a spray bar system that increases the adaptability of its Offset Vibratory Roller attachment. This accessory fits on all Offset Vibratory Roller attachments and helps suppress dust particles, compact aggregates and prevent clumping when rolling hot-mix asphalt. It can be attached to the Offset Vibratory Roller, a compaction attachment that allows the host machine to drive safely on flat ground while compacting shoulders, ditches, trenches and other hard-to-reach areas alongside the road.

ATC Diversified Electronics Announces Motor Controls Line

ATC Diversified Electronics, part of The Marsh Bellofram Group of Companies and a manufacturer of precision timing and control devices, announced its line of motor control products for OEMs. The line includes contactors, disconnect switches, miniature circuit breakers, motor protection circuit breakers and overload relays. These products are in stock,...

Construction Asset Management Manufacturer Tenna Expands Integration with Trimble Viewpoint

Construction equipment fleet management software producer Tenna announced an enhanced integration with Viewpoint Vista, now part of Trimble Construction One. With help from integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) partner Ryvit, Tenna now shares construction equipment maintenance work data with the Trimble Construction One Vista Suite. Viewpoint and Tenna have customers in common,...

Peterbilt Announces Natural Gas Engines for Its Medium-Duty Trucks

Peterbilt Motors Company announced the availability of the Cummins B6.7N natural gas engine in its new medium-duty Models 536 and 537. Peterbilt’s Model 536 includes the B6.7N engine, with 200 to 240 hp and 520 to 560 pound-feet of torque available while emitting 50% lower NOx emissions than current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. The non-CDL Class 6 Model 536 is with a low cab entry height, visibility, low NVH and room for three people within the 2.1-meter-wide cab. Critical information is relayed to drivers through a 7-inch digital display located in the instrument cluster, and it features a digital card system fully integrated with the latest Peterbilt safety systems.

Report: Impact of OEMs Suspending Russian Operations

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, many companies that conduct business globally are suspending or stopping their partnerships and operations in Russia. Armed conflict within the country of Ukraine has resulted in in 2,421 civilian deaths and the fleeing of more than 3.6 million refugees since the invasion began on Feb. 24, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. The invasion into Ukraine has led to widespread backlash against Russia and as a result, many global companies have decided to reduce, suspend or end operations in Russia. Many of those are construction companies.

Electrification Is the Future, but Is It Current?

If Work Truck Week 2022 had to be summed up in one word, well, it’s electric. While the Chevy Silverado EV and Ford F-150 Lightning dominated headlines from Indianapolis, it was the applications for larger electric vehicles (EV) that could have the most impact for years to come. NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, says they had over a dozen EV launches this year.

Ground Positioning Radar Tech Looks to Improve Vehicle, Equipment Safety

On this week’s episode of OEM Industry Update we speak with Tarik Bolat, CEO of GPR, a company which has developed ground positioning radar technology to help improve safety of various vehicle types. This technology helps to leverage subterranean data via radar underneath a vehicle to gain information about a vehicle’s position, what might be located beneath dirt a machine is about to dig into and more. Data provided by GPR’s technology will not only help to improve safety but also aid with the transition toward more automated systems and fully autonomous vehicles.

How Lithium Batteries Can Help With Forklift Lead Times

As the world recovers from the turbulent years of 2020 and 2021, we are seeing all sorts of repercussions across different sectors of the economy. Unprecedentedly long lead times for durable consumer goods and industrial equipment alike are among these consequences. With a lack of actual inventory for sale, dealers...

Motion Industries Names Vice President of Southeast Group

Motion Industries, a distributor of maintenance, repair and operation replacement parts, and a provider of industrial technology solutions, has promoted Jon Tart to vice president of the company’s southeast group, effective March 1. Tart was promoted from his position of Baltimore division vice president. Starting with Motion in 1996...