All Heavy vehicle articles

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    AMS on Africa: Part 6 – Volvo Trucks of the trade


    Volvo Trucks is a big player in the South African commercial vehicle market and, as demand grows, the team at its Amanzimtoti plant are expecting a busy schedule

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    AMS on Africa: Part 5 – Heavy-duty headway at Scania


    There may be less reliance on automation at Scania’s Johannesburg plant but flexibility and workflow keep operations in smart shape for the needs of its commercial vehicle customers 

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    ABB: Safe and sound with servo


    A collaboration between ABB and truck cab manufacturer Crenlo has resulted in a faster, robotic, servo spot-welding system, one that ably meets the plant’s comprehensive safety requirements

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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 majority of production equipment will be similar. The real differences between factories are the human workers and the way in which technology is used to optimise their environment

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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. ...

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    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 ...