All Heavy vehicle articles

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    Powering a bigger dig


    The off-highway sector is now seeing the introduction of electric powertrains. Nick Holt visited Hyperdrive to look at the development and production of battery packs for construction equipment

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    Navistar to build new ‘benchmark’ San Antonio plant


    US - The new Navistar plant will be used to build commercial vehicles in a variety of different sizes

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    Flexible thinking


    Commercial vehicle sales in Russia are on the decline, but Volvo Trucks has a plan in place to deal with the tough conditions. Michael Nash reports

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    Hino builds new factory in Russia


    Hino will be making light- and medium-duty at the factory in a bid to increase its global presence

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    Mercedes begins Actros production in Wörth


    Germany - The first new Actros has come off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant in southern Germany. It is the first facility in the OEM’s global network to start making the new model. 

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    Eaton and Cummins venture forth


    To face an ever-widening array challenges, automotive manufacturing has seen numerous instances of partnerships, alliances, mergers and acquisitions entered into as a means to stay healthy Back in 2017, power management company Eaton and engine manufacturer Cummins formed a joint venture for automated transmissions for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial ...

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    Augmented assistance


    Visit any car manufacturing plant in the world and the vast majority of production equipment will be similar, if not the same – that’s the view of Cem Temel, head of Ford’s Gölcük and Yeniköy plants in Turkey and assistant general manager for new projects at Ford Otosan. “The ...

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    Daimler hits milestone in India


    India - Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), which is part of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), has made 100,000 vehicles at its plant in Oragadam - an industrial town located near Chennai on the south east coast. The news comes just two years after the facility hit the ...

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    Renault Trucks takes 'mixed reality' test


    France - A team of researchers at Renault Trucks is examining potential benefits from 'mixed reality' technology for the heavy-vehicle maker's engine manufacturing operations. Working in cooperation with virtual- and augmented-reality specialists Immersion, the team has set up a prototype system that uses holographic techniques in a quality control process ...

  • Conductix

    Moving your business


    Without automated conveyors, modern high-performance facilities could not function, writes Gilles Hernandez, Global Market Manager Automotive at Conductix-Wampfler. Being a historical leader in mobile energy and data transmission systems, Conductix-Wampfler has been moving the industry in China for more than two decades. Primarily the activities focus has been the heavy ...

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    The pulling power of GAZ and Komatsu


    AMS takes a look inside the OEMs' heavy-vehicle production sites at Yaroslavl, Russia, and Awazu, Japan Since early 2013, Russian heavy-vehicle manufacturer GAZ has been producing its latest generation of medium-duty diesel engines at what it describes as the "most up-to-date engine production" facility in the country. ...

  • Caterpillar

    Big challenges off the road


    The volumes may be lower and the unit size larger, but the logistical and manpower issues involved in off-highway manufacturing are similar to the automotive industry The manufacture of huge off-road vehicles follows many of the same processes found in automotive production. Most of these models are made using flow ...

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    Perfecting production to cut costs


    The AMS South America conference, in São Paulo on October 29-30, will hear experts discuss tough challenges, says Simon Duval Smith. Vehicles sales continue to grow at a healthy rate in South America and this has spurred the building of new manufacturing and assembly plants by both established players and ...

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    Heavy work, made light


    The diversity of off-highway vehicle manufacturing makes for complex production logistics, reports Sharon Clancy The introduction of EU Stage IIIB and US (EPA) Tier 4 emissions legislations in 2011 led to the introduction of more sophisticated powertrain systems. As is the case with many commercial vehicle manufacturing operations, to achieve ...

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    A stronger simpler safer shuttle for PT and EC lines


    Simple design reduces maintenance Hydraulic lift-axis drive with energy-efficient load compensation Continuously rotating axis for greater productivity Emergency scenarios – simple solutions An OEM vindicates version 4 High and heavy – no problem A major German carmaker's paintshop has trialled an improved version of a popular PT/EC conveyor that is ...

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    Global heavyweight challenges


    European confidence and global growth Ashok Leyland - A new approach Caterpillar – Asian expansion Daimler - Demand creating jobs Volvo - Shifting up a gear in Brazil Green giants Fuel from waste Smith Electric - Building in the Bronx OEM truck manufacturers around the world are ramping up output ...

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    Commercial sense


    The world’s largest LCV markets and a variety of manufacturing facilities in multiple countries show that plans for plug-in van programmes are highly advanced in many markets North America China Europe General Motors & Renault Fiat and PSA Peugoet Citroen Volkswagen Russia Conclusion When the best-selling models in each of ...

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    Germany plans for success


    Numbers fall but strengths emerge Exports and emissions Truck and bus – how fast is the barometer falling? Suppliers under pressure BMW – quiet confidence behind cost cuts Mercedes-Benz – sharing the pain The German car industry’s workforce has been dealt a bad hand by the global downturn; jobs that ...

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    Plant rises from a Delmia digital design


    Close collaboration leads to optimisation Visualisation tests improved logistics at the plant Future planning in 3D To break new ground takes courage, but heavy-vehicle maker MAN was confident that the process would go smoothly because the design and construction of its new facility was initially done using virtual software Heavy-vehicle ...