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Volvo Trucks’ collaboration with SAS enhances remote diagnostics

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America says it is further strengthening its portfolio of uptime-boosting services by enhancing Remote Diagnostics with an advanced analytics platform from global analytics leader SAS.

SAS’ best-in-class analytics support Volvo’s artificial intelligence efforts and provide even greater capabilities for Remote Diagnostics users, allowing for more precise analysis and decision-making, according to Ash Makki, Volvo Trucks North America product marketing manager.

“Working with SAS has helped us further refine our uptime-enhancing Remote Diagnostics through greater processing power to the data behind diagnostic codes,” Makki said. “We’ve been able to expand the parts and trouble codes we monitor and recognize situational patterns that help us improve accuracy and obtain better insight into root causes. These enhancements ultimately mean Volvo Action Service (VAS) agents receive more precise data that allows them to better analyze trouble codes and provide actionable information to decision-makers and repair facilities, helping maximize vehicle uptime.”

“Machine learning and artificial intelligence are areas we’re putting a lot of emphasis on right now, utilizing the SAS platform,” said Conal Deedy, director of connected vehicle services for Volvo Trucks North America. “We’re uncovering hidden insights in our data and merging that with the truck knowledge from our engineering group. Together we are in a much better situation to understand exactly what the data is telling us and integrating it into the Remote Diagnostics service. We are already seeing the benefits and the future is extremely exciting. With the SAS platform in place, Volvo can  process millions of records  in real-time,  expanding Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics capabilities, which on average helps reduce diagnostic time by 70 percent and repair time 25 percent.”

Jason Mann, SAS vice president of IoT, said Volvo Trucks and SAS have worked together to create a robust, flexible analytics system.

“Trucking is a key part of the global logistics system that makes our economies work. Improving performance and lowering costs helps everyone across the value chain,” he said. “Using a variety of analytical techniques from SAS to extract value from IoT data flowing from each vehicle, Volvo Trucks delivers for its customers — literally and figuratively.”

Since 2013 all Volvo trucks with Volvo engines have come standard with factory-installed telematics hardware that provides connectivity for Remote Diagnostics, Volvo’s proactive diagnostics and monitoring of critical engine, transmission and aftertreatment trouble codes. Upon detecting a code, sensors on the truck collect streaming data in real-time to provide context. Data points and operating conditions, like truck location, altitude, ambient air temperature, truck gear, RPM level and torque load help give the information needed for more precise diagnosis.

The same standard connectivity hardware powering Remote Diagnostics also allows customers to perform powertrain software and parameter updates over-the-air with Remote Programming, which helps improve uptime and vehicle efficiency without taking the truck out of service. Remote programming of software and parameter updates provides a significant time savings when compared with the 2.3 day industry average when a truck arrives at a bay, is plugged in, and manually receives updates.

Deedy said support for Volvo trucks is provided 24/7 by highly trained VAS agents, who monitor critical vehicle codes.

”If an issue is detected, VAS agents will assess the severity and provide the vehicle’s designated contact with actionable information to determine whether to keep operating the truck or take it for immediate service,” he said. “All details from the service process are captured and tracked through ASIST, Volvo’s online service management and communication platform. This gives the driver, customer contact and dealer real-time visibility to case status, repair scheduling, and parts and service bay availability. Remote Programming updates are also facilitated by VAS agents.”

For more information, visit www.volvotrucks.com.

 

 

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Eaton contributing several components for SuperTruckII program

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The Eaton 48-volt mild hybrid accessory drive captures energy while driving and is used to keep the sleeper cab comfortable overnight without idling the engine. (Courtesy: EATON)

GALESBURG, Mich.— Power management company Eaton says it is contributing several components to truck manufacturers participating in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SuperTruck II program.

SuperTruck II is a partnership between the DOE, truck manufacturers and equipment suppliers seeking to improve freight efficiency more than 100 percent over an equivalent 2009 model, and improve engine brake thermal efficiency performance by 55 percent.

The $100 million program is funded by the Vehicle Technologies Office of the U.S. DOE and industry partners.

Eaton is supplying a number of leading-edge technologies that improve fuel economy and reduce emissions to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) teams. These include a high-efficiency transmission that achieves additional fuel savings by enabling engine-off coasting and waste heat recovery; a 48-volt mild hybrid electrically regenerative accessory drive that charges the vehicle’s batteries, efficiently runs the air conditioner and other accessories, and replaces the alternator in linehaul commercial vehicles; and precise exhaust gas recirculation controllers that enable simultaneous fuel and emissions reductions.

“This is a great opportunity for Eaton technologies to contribute to a program focused on improving the efficiency of commercial vehicles,” said Dr. Mihai Dorobantu, director, Technology Planning and Government Affairs, Eaton’s Vehicle Group. “We’re excited to work with several OEMs involved in SuperTruck II as we strive for a common goal of cleaner, more fuel-efficient commercial vehicles.”

SuperTruck II is a continuation of the DOE’s SuperTruck initiative, which launched in 2010 with the goal to improve heavy-duty truck freight efficiency by 50 percent. The long-term objective of the project is to develop technology that can lead to cleaner, more efficient heavy-duty trucks, which haul 80 percent of goods in the United States and use about 28 billion gallons of fuel per year, accounting for around 22 percent of total transportation energy usage.

In addition to the components Eaton is supplying to the SuperTruck teams, it offers several other technologies that help truck manufacturers achieve stringent upcoming fuel economy and emissions regulations.

“Since 2008, Eaton’s Vehicle Group has been laser-focused on reducing emissions and fuel consumption,” Dorobantu said. “We have—and continue to develop—technologies that reduce NOx emissions and improve the overall fuel economy of internal combustion diesel engines, as well technologies for electric, hybrid and fuel cell commercial vehicles.”

Several products take advantage of Eaton’s modular variable valve actuation technology, which allows OEMs to choose the technologies they want to use based on their needs.

Examples of what Eaton’s Vehicle Group offers include diesel cylinder deactivation (CDA) and variable valve actuation (VVA) technologies. Both technologies can be used to reduce fuel consumption between five and 25 percent, increase the rate of aftertreatment warmup and maintain higher temperatures during load operation. CDA and VVA technologies can also be used at road loads to achieve active diesel particulate (DPF) regenerations without requiring the traditional method of dosing the diesel oxidation catalyst.

Eaton’s CDA technology can operate at up to three to four bar BMEP at all speeds, which reduces emissions by improving aftertreatment thermal management while providing better fuel economy. Similarly, intake valve modulation can be used at higher loads to enable Miller cycle operation to improve engine fuel efficiency.

Another technology to help on the path to regulation compliance is Eaton’s TVS EGR pump, which is designed to save fuel while meeting new global emission regulations.

Eaton’s positive-displacement TVS EGR pump enables the use of a high-efficiency turbomachinery to lower engine pumping losses and increase fuel economy. The TVS EGR pump is driven by a 48-volt electric motor, making its operation completely independent from engine speed and significantly more controllable than competitive pumpless EGR systems.

Additionally, Eaton’s new engine decompression brake can help OEMs with regulatory compliance. Fuel economy and emissions regulations are driving engine downsizing and down speeding in commercial vehicles, which is resulting in the need for higher braking efficiency to maintain braking effectiveness at lower speeds.

Other variable valvetrain functions include early exhaust valve opening (EEVO) and internal exhaust gas recirculation (iEGR), which help heat the exhaust for improved catalyst efficiency and improved emissions.

Eaton’s hydraulic lash adjuster (HLA) technology optimizes the valvetrain performance by providing precise valve seating over the life of the vehicle. Other benefits include noise reduction and service elimination for manual valvetrain lash settings.

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Its energy-efficient solutions help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, safely and sustainably. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton employs 99,000 people worldwide, and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit eaton.com.

 

 

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Cooper Tire launches Pro Series LHS tire

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The Cooper PRO Series LHS provides 18/32nds of tread depth and features a wider footprint than most steer tires on the market – a full inch in many cases. (Courtesy: COOPER TIRE)

Cooper Tire Launches PRO Series™ LHS Steer Tire

First steer tire in Cooper’s PRO Series commercial tire line

FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire has launched a new long- haul steer (LHS) tire as part of its Cooper PRO Series product line. The tire joins the Cooper PRO Series long haul drive tire introduced last year.

The new steer tire will initially be available in size 295/75R22.5 with other sizes becoming available in June.

The Cooper PRO Series LHS was designed from the ground up to offer low cost of ownership through long miles to removal, fuel efficiency, and design elements to help ensure uniform wear and retreadability, according to Gary Schroeder, executive director of Cooper’s global truck and bus tire business.

The new tire features Cooper’s ECO (Energy Conservation Optimization) technology that combines tire design, compounding and construction to provide an ultra-low rolling resistance tire that both exceeds SmartWay standard requirements by 15 percent and meets the EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requirements set for 2021.

“This steer tire is the new flagship product for Cooper commercial tires,” Schroeder said. “We know the importance of this tire position, and it’s why we designed the tire to perform at a very high level – meeting the demanding needs of long-haul fleets. We purposefully created this tire to give fleets what they are asking for – a low cost of ownership solution to reduce tire program costs and improve a fleet’s bottom line. We’re offering the tire at a price point that makes it a ‘best buy.’ Excellent performance, matched with very competitive pricing, is what fleets are looking for in tires, and we’re delivering with the Cooper PRO Series.”

The Cooper PRO Series LHS provides 18/32nds of tread depth and features a wider footprint than most steer tires on the market – a full inch in many cases. “This provides better traction while promoting longer, more even wear,” said Schroeder. “And, it doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy in the process. When paired with our PRO Series LHD drive tire, that is also SmartWay verified, fleets can maximize fuel economy.”

Schroeder said in order to enhance even wear, the tire has a decoupling groove to minimize shoulder wear. A unique feature on Cooper’s new steer tire is a patent-pending stone ejector design with a stepped groove wall in the tread pattern. This feature helps prevent stone drilling to ensure the integrity of the casing for multiple retreads.

Helping improve tire maintenance is Cooper’s “Wear Square” on the tire’s shoulder ribs. This is a visual indicator, which shows the tread depth through five different evolving image icons. A “square” shows full tread depth, while an “L” shape shows half the tread is left. An icon also shows when the tire should be pulled for retreading. Since the Wear Square is placed on both sides of the tire, it’s also an alignment indicator. If the icons don’t match, the tire technician knows there is an alignment problem or uneven tire issue and can take corrective measures.

The Cooper PRO Series LHS features four-belt steel design construction and an industry-leading seven-year, two-retread warranty. The tire is also warranted for full replacement value for the first 50 percent of treadwear.

“Our warranty showcases the confidence we have in this tire,” said Schroeder. “It’s ready to perform.”

 

 

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Kenworth adds two ratings for PACCAR MX-13

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The new PACCAR MX-13 ratings provide enhanced fuel efficiency and lower operating costs for customers, a Kenworth official said. (Courtesy: KENWORTH TRUCK CO.)

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Kenworth, a PACCAR company, has added two new ratings for the 12.9-liter PACCAR MX-13 engine available for the Kenworth T680, T880 and W990. The PACCAR MX-13 engine brings efficiency and flexibility together into one, high-performance solution, according to Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director.

The first new rating of 405 hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque provides constant power for line haul applications, enhances integration with the PACCAR Powertrain, and offers increased fuel efficiency.

The second is a multi-torque 455 hp rating with 1,650/1,850 lb-ft of torque that is optimized for fuel-conscious heavy haul fleets and truck operators. This rating provides additional torque in the top two gears while pulling a load up a hill, eliminating the need to downshift.

As a result, the PACCAR MX-13 engine now offers ranges of 405 to 510 hp and 1,450 to 1,850 lb-ft of torque.

“These new PACCAR MX-13 ratings provide enhanced fuel efficiency and lower operating costs for our customers,” Swihart said.

In addition, Kenworth now offers a variable speed fan clutch as on option for the 10.8-liter PACCAR MX-11 engine for the Kenworth T680 and T880. The clutch maximizes engine power to the drive axle, helps prevent under- and over-cooling in all climates, and provides faster warm-up and more efficient air conditioning. The PACCAR MX-11 engine features superior performance, a powerful and lightweight design, and ranges of 355 to 430 hp and 1,250 to 1,650 lb-ft of torque.

“The PACCAR MX engine series has a B10 design life of one million miles in line haul applications. This means 90 percent of PACCAR Engines will log up to one million miles without a major overhaul, almost double the life of a comparable engine,” Swihart said. “The PACCAR MX engine series has been well-accepted by fleets and truck operators in the United States and Canada since introduction nine years ago.”

Peterbilt, another PACCAR company, announced late last year it would offer the new ratings.

 

 

 

 

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