Dana Rexroth to begin production of R2 hydromechanical variable transmission

Dana Rexroth has completed final validation testing of its R2 hydromechanical variable transmission and will start production of them in the third quarter of 2015.

Dana Rexroth Transmission Systems announces that engineers have completed final validation testing of the R2 hydromechanical variable transmission (HVT), with the start of production expected in the third quarter of this year.

Field tests on working vehicles have shown fuel savings of up to 25% over traditional transmission designs, with additional savings possible through further optimization with equipment subsystems.

"The HVT R2 has shown the value of powersplit technology at every stage of development, both in fuel economy and in application performance," says Diego Cornolti, Head of Sales and Product Management for Dana Rexroth Transmission Systems. "We have confirmed these gains through extensive testing on multiple off-highway applications, and we are collaborating with several original equipment manufacturers to deliver HVT technology on market vehicles later this year."

A product of the joint venture between Dana Holding Corporation and Bosch Rexroth AG, the R2 HVT features a modular design that can be adapted for a variety of off-highway applications with net input power from 135 to 195 kW (180 to 260 hp), including front-end loaders, motor graders, industrial lift trucks, reach stackers, forestry skidders, and other select off-highway applications.

HVTs from Dana Rexroth significantly reduce fuel consumption by decreasing engine speeds throughout the duty cycle and at idle, where speeds can be dropped to as low as 600 rpm. Application analysis demonstrates the possibility of further savings without compromising performance through engine downsizing. 

Dana Rexroth HVTs enable sensitive, precise vehicle positioning with a stepless drive that offers improved acceleration while maintaining tractive effort. They optimize the operating point of the diesel engine by decoupling engine speed from drive speed, and maintenance costs are reduced by utilizing hydrostatic braking and wear-free directional reversing without clutches.

The R2 HVT is a modular platform that delivers a full suite of configuration options and software controls, such as direct or remote mounting, flexibility in shift control and drive strategy parameters, and the deployment of up to three power take-off (PTO) pumps. 

The HVT system designed by Dana Rexroth helps reduce complexity for equipment manufacturers, since the entire system of gears, clutches, and hydrostatic units is managed by an advanced electronic control unit (ECU) and optimized for efficiency by a single supplier.

The R2 HVT  will be exhibited by Dana as part of a 21-tonne (23-ton) drivetrain system for front-end loaders in stand 5A K 064 at Intermat.