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ZF Technology on the Winners’ Podium of the Dakar Rally 2017

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  Supported by ZF technology, Kamaz team achieves 1st and 2nd places in truck ranking

  All top-five vehicles feature ZF driveline technology from Friedrichshafen, Passau and Schweinfurt

Truck technology from ZF passed a grueling test in South America with flying colors. At this year’s Dakar Rally, the Kamaz Master team drove into first, second and fifth places in the truck ranking with the Ecosplit manual 16-speed transmission including clutch and an all-wheel drive transfer case. Using the same driveline technology, the team led by Dutch truck racer Gerard de Rooy passed the finishing line in Iveco trucks in third and fourth positions. A total of 50 trucks entered the race.

 

It is the top event in rally sport. This year’s Dakar Rally took place from January 2 to January 14 and stretched over just under 9,000 kilometers through South America, from Asunción, the capital of Paragua, to the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.  On the way, the participants had to overcome heavy terrain. Much of the route took them to altitudes of more than 3,000 meters.

Reliable technology for the toughest challenges

ZF technology ensured the teams were ideally equipped for the job – with commercial vehicle transmission systems from Friedrichshafen and Schweinfurt as well as transfer cases from Passau. Racing in a Kamaz, Eduard Nikolaev won overall with a total time of 27 hours, 58 minutes and 24 seconds. His teammates Dmitry Sotnikov and Airat Mardeev came second and fifth. All three vehicles are equipped with the Ecosplit manual 16-speed transmission including the clutch from ZF. The transmission achieves a maximum torque of 3,600 Nm, and its precise power application makes it a perfect candidate for off-road driving. The pneumatic Servoshift shift support enables fast gear changes with little force.

 

The team led by Gerard de Rooy also achieved success with the 16-speed manual transmission. Driving an Iveco, de Rooy himself came in third, and his team-mate Federico Villagra achieved fourth position overall. All vehicles from first to fifth position featured a dual-stage transfer case from ZF providing optimal force distribution and off-road capability. With their lightweight design, these systems are ideal for racing sport challenges such as the Dakar Rally.

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1.)Equipped for the toughest rally terrain: The Ecomat automatic transmission and the transfer case from ZF ensured optimal all-wheel performance also in the Renault Truck driven by the Mammoet Rallysport team.

2.)High torque resistance and reliability: the ZF-Ecosplit manual 16-speed transmission is not only tried and trusted on construction sites, but also in rally applications.

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Bonfiglioli develops sustainable digital solutions to continuously optimize the plant life cycle

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Benefits of the integration of synchronous reluctance motors and dedicated frequency inverters.

Bonfiglioli is constantly looking for optimizations to offer innovative solutions for industrial motion control to increase the machine performance and its competitiveness, high control performance and high energy efficiency. Nowadays, this last aspect becomes increasingly relevant, both because of environmental considerations and for cost savings related to the plant life cycle. 

To address these requirements, Bonfiglioli has developed a Power Drive System in its research centers; this system combines BSR series reluctance synchronous motors with Active Cube frequency inverters with dedicated sensorless vector control. The motor is compatible with the wide range of Bonfiglioli industrial geared units.

This solution is available in two packages, with optimized compactness for small spaces or operation costs reduction respectively, both with excellent efficiency levels (Class IE4 for the motor, and class IES2 for the Power Drive System, according to the actual Ecodesign Standard EN 61800-9-2).

In comparison to conventional motor-frequency inverter solutions, the Bonfiglioli Power Drive System allows minimizing the overall energy consumption in the different operation points. The motor control is realized with a complete mathematical characterization of the motor, which also ensures a simple and reliable system configuration.

The full package integration and the wide range of available software control strategies bring additional performance benefits: accurate sensorless speed control, stable torque control, high torque even at low or zero speed and excellent overloading characteristics. 

Overall, this solution is ideal for a wide range of industrial applications; it can be fully integrated in Industry 4.0 plants, thanks to the advanced drive digital connectivity and Bonfiglioli IOT platforms, presented during the 2019 SPS Italia (District 4.0) in combination with this Power Drive System.

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What do your motors really do?

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In 1969, the first home security system was born, consisting of four peepholes and a camera that could be moved to look through any of them, broadcasting the images to a monitor. Nowadays, we can now stream and view a feed of our home security cameras on our mobiles, giving homeowners greater piece of mind. Here, Markus Brettschneider, of ABB’s food and beverage program, explains how food plant managers can add a similar level of connectivity to retrofit most motors with smart sensors to bring their plants to the digital age.

Industry as a whole is utilizing technologies and solutions enabled through the industrial internet of things (IIoT). Gartner predicts that 25 billion devices will be connected to the internet of things by 2020, with some agencies predicting even double this amount. This presents plant managers with a conundrum. Most food manufacturing and processing plants currently have motors powering essential equipment such as mixers, conveyors and packaging machines. These motors are just motors and do not play in the same league as the other intelligent devices in their factories. With years of service often left in the motors, it’s difficult for plant managers to justify replacing motors that work effectively for the sake of an upgrade with any smart features. However, there are alternatives to a complete overhaul in order to connect motors to the IIoT. Instead of investing in new, more intelligent or smart equipment, plant managers should invest in sensors that provide similar functionality to connected devices. For example, ABB offers smart sensors, which can be fitted to almost any standard low voltage induction motor. The pocket-sized sensor, dubbed ABB Ability Smart Sensor, is directly attached in a couple minutes to the motor’s frame, without wiring. By using sensors that feed performance data to the cloud through a smartphone or gateway solution to a secure server, plant managers can bring their motors up to date with the IIoT. This data gives plant managers a full picture — even on mobile devices — of how their motors are working, without having to carry out dangerous hands-on monitoring. Plant managers can then carry out condition based or predictive maintenance, rather than periodic maintenance. Using the right method to monitor motor condition, enables plant managers to reduce unplanned downtime by up to 70 per cent. This is particularly important in the food and beverage industry, where even a short downtime can be extremely costly. Infrastructure failures in this industry cost up to $75,000 per hour and have a serious impact on seasonally produced items such as sugar. This is a cost that plant managers can avoid by using the right performance insight and awareness. An increased awareness of the condition of any motor also leads to a better awareness of how an entire system is performing. For example, a motor overheating or burning out may indicate a problem elsewhere in the production line, such as a line moving too fast and producing waste. Eliminating this problem could improve energy efficiency by up to ten per cent. Motors, the heart of the food and beverage plant, don’t have to be left behind in the age of the IIoT. Just like a home security camera being connected to your mobile phone, a smart sensor could give a motor a new lease of life, making it perform as an integral part of the data-rich factory and providing all the additional benefits that this creates.

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STOBER presents its new product configurator

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With the new STOBER Configurator, users have an online tool to intuitively build the right drive solution from STOBER’s extensive product range with just a few clicks. Technical information and drawings are readily available after quickly and easily configuring a product. Users can even request a quote with a simple click. The configurator is one of many projects in STOBER’s commitment to supporting customers with additional digital services.

With the new STOBER Configurator, engineers and designers will save time in product selection and designing. Before the configurator, they searched through catalogs to find the right solution, requested information in multiple places, and used type code values. Now, everything is a simple click away.

Quickly and easily search for gear units, geared motors, motors, and electronics! Intuitive navigation and modern design make using the tool fast and easy. Numerous filters and comparison options are available. Results can be sorted based on price, performance, or size. Users can then configure the product to meet their application requirements. For example, with geared motors, users can pick their shaft and housing style along with mounting position.

Designers can access technical data sheets, dimensional drawings, and 3D models. They can also request a quote. All configurations can easily be shared or saved.

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