All Heavy vehicle articles – Page 2

  • 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 ...

  • ptec

    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 marketsNorth AmericaChinaEuropeGeneral Motors & RenaultFiat and PSA Peugoet CitroenVolkswagenRussiaConclusionWhen the best-selling models in each of the world’s two largest markets are classified as light ...

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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 ...