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Power

Solving the “Telehandler Problem”

A common challenge engineers face in the application of counterbalance or overcenter valves is machines with a high degree of load dynamics. Vehicles with slender booms, multiple booms, wear pads...

Editorial
Energy

ConExpo & IFPE 2020: Go Big or Go Home

My inbox has been inundated with notifications of press conferences and exciting new construction equipment, power systems, and other advanced technologies to be revealed at the rapidly approaching...

Technical Innovation
Manned Systems

Self-Driving Trucks Cut Fuel Consumption by 10%

Enhancing safety and helping combat driver shortages are two benefits that heavy-duty autonomous-truck proponents have preached during development. You can now add significant fuel savings...

Original Equipment
Connectivity

Volvo CE Showcases 100-Ton EC950F Excavator, New Hybrid Assist That Cuts Fuel Use by 15%

The entrance to Volvo Construction Equipment’s ConExpo-Con/Agg exhibit (F3432), through what the company has dubbed “excavator alley,” will...

Technical Innovation
AR/AI

Low-Latency Cameras, Onboard Computing Combine to Advance Operator Assistance

Modern industrial machines have been using cameras for years to improve visibility and eliminate blind spots. With the introduction of Ethernet cameras, an...

Q&A
Propulsion

Parker Takes Electro-Hydrostatic Approach for Electric Machines

Off-highway industrial machines require multi-function implement operation with dynamic duty cycles. In many cases, machine implements demand short bursts of full engine...

Technical Innovation
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Freudenberg Designs New Seal to Cut Contamination, Improve Top-Speed Performance

Maximum efficiency under extreme operating conditions is critical for off-highway machinery. Downtime and malfunctions lead to reductions in profitability....

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Energy

Narrower Focus, Bigger Payoff for Commercial EVs

Government regulations are prompting a changeover to electric powertrains, with early growth coming in commercial vehicle applications where range and recharging are more easily managed....

Original Equipment
Energy

Caterpillar Launches Next-Gen Mini Hydraulic Excavator, Skid Steer and Compact Track Loaders

Covering about 2.5 million ft2 and including roughly 2,800 exhibitors, the triennial ConExpo-Con/Agg event boasts an even-larger...

Technical Innovation
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Leak Testing of Commercial-Vehicle AC Systems Critical as Move to HFO Refrigerants Looms

Passenger car and light-truck makers in the U.S. already have switched to more environmentally friendly hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) refrigerants from...

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Propulsion

Bollinger Motors Reveals Second-Gen Class-3 EV Prototypes

Bollinger Motors recently unveiled its second-generation Class-3 EV prototypes. The start-up, based in Ferndale, Michigan, revealed the latest beta of its B1 SUV and B2 truck...

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Motion Control

Cab Air Quality: A Critical Component of Operator Comfort

Review the design specs for any new haul truck, excavator, dozer or other off-road machine, and you’re not likely to find requirements related to cab air quality—yet....

Technical Innovation
Electronics & Computers

Link Digital Suspension Uses Sensors, ECU to Keep Cabs Stable

Link Manufacturing is beefing up its usage of digital technologies with an upgraded Cabmate, unveiling a cab suspension system that smooths the ride for both drivers and those...

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Regulations/Standards

Getting Driverless Trucks onto Roadways

The developers who are creating autonomous systems have plenty of complex technical questions that must be analyzed and solved, but their challenges don’t stop there. Design teams also have to...

News
Manned Systems

Ford Revisits OHV Layout, Big Displacement for New Commercial-Truck V8

In a still-heated market for highly profitable heavy-duty pickups and commercial vehicles, Ford doesn’t intend to be outdone by General Motors’ and...

Technical Innovation
Power

Protecting a Cyber-Physical Remote Diagnostic Communication System Against Cyberattacks

The increasing complexity of microcontroller-based E/E (electrical/electronic) systems that control heavy-duty trucks, buses and non-road mobile...

Technical Innovation
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Holistic Hydraulic Designs Add More Sensors, Advanced Controls

Hydraulic system developers are moving on many different fronts as they strive to improve performance and efficiency. A full-system approach that includes more sensors and...

Technical Innovation
Software

SKF Employs Digital Tools to Enhance Bearing Design, Performance

It began with spherical roller bearings more than 100 years ago and now SKF finds itself amid a digital transformation. Over the years the bearing company has expanded...

News
Communications

Wind River and Airbiquity Partner to Update Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Software Through Cloud-Based, Over-The-Air Technology

Wind River Systems, Inc. is partnering with Airbiquity, Inc. to develop a solution to proactively manage the...

Technical Innovation
Manned Systems

Streamlined HMIs Do More with Less

The phrase “less is more” has been a major part of human-machine interface (HMI) designs for several years as developers traded multiple knobs and buttons for cleaner input techniques. However, the...

Original Equipment
Unmanned Systems

2019 Ram Chassis Cab: More Capability, More Driver-Assist Tech

The 2019 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab commercial trucks herald class-leading capability in towing, payload, and Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR). “We drove our...

Articles
Manned Systems

Deere Touts Software, AI Tech at CES

John Deere highlighted the growing role of digital controls, becoming the first off-highway equipment maker to bring ag equipment to the CES consumer electronics conference early in January. Deere’s...

News
Power

BEV Heat Pumps Recovering Cost Investments

Can a heat pump-equipped battery electric vehicle (BEV) overcome major energy losses for cabin heating comfort in cold ambient conditions –and at reasonable system cost? These questions were...

News
Data Acquisition

Additive Manufacturing Is Transforming Mobility Engineering, Driving the Factory of the Future

Additive manufacturing continues to advance and transform mobility engineering, as aerospace and automotive firms increasingly adopt and invest...

Technical Innovation
Green Design & Manufacturing

Cummins Unveils PowerDrive Hybrid-Electrics, Euro 7 Diesel Concept

As vehicle and equipment manufacturers continue to move away from pure diesel power, Cummins has unveiled a suite of plug-in hybrid-electric powertrain solutions under...

Technical Innovation
Energy

Advanced Simulation Techniques Drive Powertrain Design

Commercial vehicle designers are using a variety of simulation and validation tools as they attempt to find new ways to improve many aspects of vehicle design. Engineers are working...

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Electronics & Computers

Many ICE Paths Lead to Reduced Emissions

Despite all the hype about electrification, internal combustion engines (ICEs) are likely to dominate the commercial vehicles market for several years. But these engines will have to advance using...

Technical Innovation
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Link Readies Semi-Active Cab Suspension for Intro on Select 2020 Models

Link Manufacturing targets heavy-duty vehicles that transition from on- to off-road terrain, in particular, for what it claims will be the industry’s first...

Articles
Power

Mecalac Targets Building Sites in Cities for Fully-Electric E12 Excavator

With a focus on developing and manufacturing construction equipment for urban environments, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Mecalac plans to begin...