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Dana Holding Corporation to Open Mechatronics Technology Center in Rovereto, Italy

Dana Holding Corporation announced that it will launch the Dana Mechatronics Technology Center in Rovereto, Italy, later this year to support advanced engineering programs for the off-highway market. This technology center will be located in the noted Polo della Meccatronica di Rovereto (Italy), a cluster of companies, university departments, research centers, and other industrial accelerators devoted to mechatronics – a rapidly growing field of engineering that combines information technology, electronics, mechanics, hydraulics, and pneumatics. The company will use the center to identify and leverage mechatronics system development opportunities with off-highway equipment manufacturers, facilitate co-development and networking opportunities with high-tech collaborators, and attract engineering talent. Initially, the center will encompass 11,800 square feet (1,100 square meters) of space for systems and components design and validation; technology evaluations and comparisons; proof-of-performance vehicle prototype development; feasibility and performance evaluations; and other advanced engineering functions. The center, which will become operational during 2015, will be staffed by a team of engineers, researchers, technicians, and support personnel. It will take advantage of substantial financial incentives available from local authorities for research and development expenses. The Rovereto location is also in close proximity to existing Dana technology centers for off-highway axles and driveshafts.

Dana Holding Readies Spicer® PowerBoost® Hydraulic-Hybrid Program for Manufacturer Field Testing

Dana Holding Corporation announced that the company is now offering its Spicer® PowerBoost® hydraulic-hybrid system for field testing by off-highway original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Dana engineers have conducted extensive field tests of the Spicer PowerBoost system integrated with a dual-motor hydrostatic transmission in a series configuration. These functional evaluations include more than 1,000 hours on a 16-tonne (17.5-ton) front-end loader and more than 500 hours on a telescopic boom handler powered by an 83 kW (111 hp) engine. These tests of typical duty cycles have verified fuel savings of over 20% for the front-end loader and over 25% on the telescopic boom handler, with an expected payback in under 18 months for both applications. Spicer PowerBoost hydraulic-hybrid technology is ideally suited for hydrostatically driven drivetrains, which is why Dana will feature it at Intermat as part of a complete drivetrain system for a compact telescopic boom handler with 2.7- to 3.6-tonne (6k to 8k) lifting capacity. This system includes a next-generation, two-speed Spicer Model 367 shift-on-fly hydrostatic transmission with new power takeoff (PTO) disconnect functionality, Spicer Model 211 planetary steer axles, and a Spicer® 10 Series® driveshaft. This configuration demonstrates how off-highway manufacturers can potentially reduce the engine size for applications that currently require an engine at or slightly above the U.S. EPA's Tier 4 or Euro 5/6 emissions threshold of 75 hp (56 kW). The Spicer PowerBoost system allows manufacturers to select a smaller engine that does not require exhaust after treatment systems that are costly, consume added space, and increase the operating temperature of the powertrain system.

Dana Holding Corporation Unveils Results of Ongoing Field Tests of its VariGlide Technology

Dana Holding Corporation unveiled the results of ongoing field tests of the company's VariGlide technology, a revolutionary new transmission design that incorporates continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology. Dana engineers have confirmed performance and positioning improvements following hundreds of hours of functional evaluation and dynamometer testing on a standard-sized 2.2-tonne (2.5-ton) forklift truck equipped with VariGlide technology operating in a typical pick-and-place duty cycle. High-fidelity drive-cycle simulations have indicated fuel economy improvements exceeding 20% in certain duty cycles. The improvement in fuel economy and performance resulting from the use of this patented, planetary traction drive would enable a payback period in fewer than 18 months. Developed through a strategic licensing relationship with Fallbrook Technologies Inc., VariGlide technology can replace the torque converter in some transmission configurations to decouple engine speed from the vehicle's travel or working speed. Ideal for the rapid acceleration, deceleration, and precise positioning required by material-handling applications, it also eliminates the need for forward and reverse clutches while reducing overall engine speeds, allowing the engine to operate at its optimum efficiency level and reduce noise levels. VariGlide technology will be offered as a pre-assembled module providing a standard powersplit configuration for forklift truck transmissions produced by original-equipment manufacturers. Dana will also implement VariGlide technology in a premium configuration optimized to supply further fuel efficiency and productivity gains in select Spicer® powershift transmissions. Through a unique variator design configuration that delivers unparalleled power-path flexibility and no abrupt ratio changes, VariGlide technology provides an infinite number of gear ratios for improved shifting, driver comfort, durability, scalability, and efficiency when compared with conventional continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). Dana is also developing its VariGlide CVP technology for the light-vehicle market. Incorporated into the existing packaging space of a standard automatic transmission, this configuration is an enhanced alternative to dual clutch and conventional CVTs. VariGlide technology provides today's light vehicles with up to 20% fuel savings, improved NVH, smoother shifting, high performance, and responsive engine operation. The CVP technology used by VariGlide has undergone more than 70,000 hours of durability testing, and leverages more than 700 U.S. and international patents and patent applications. In addition to forklift trucks, it is optimal for telescopic boom handlers, front-end loaders, skid steer loaders, and compact utility tractors.

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