Top New Products of 2021

Winners of the 2021 Top New Products of the Year award offer a look at the top technologies engineering teams are looking for when designing new equipment.

Top Products 2021

Each year the Top New Products award winners provide insight into the components and engineering services or technologies our readers find most interesting. Winners also offer a look at some of the current trends in the heavy equipment industries, and what design teams are potentially most interested in as they develop their new machine designs. 

OEM Off-Highway compiles this list of top products based on page views over the past year. One winner is selected from each of the six main categories we cover on our website: 

  • Engines
  • Drivetrains
  • Fluid Power
  • Electrical & Electronics,
  • Operator Cab
  • Engineering & Manufacturing


Cummins High-Horsepower QSK95 Engine for Mining Applications

For its new QSK95 engine, Cummins chose to utilize a clean-sheet modular design which ensures easy servicing and average 15% better life to overhaul. The high-horsepower engine meets many of the requirements of heavy-duty mining applications. 

Features of the engine include: 

  • Produces up to 4,400 hp (3,281.1 kW)
  • Offers optimum power-to-weight ratio for 400T haul trucks
  • Provides 3,800 hp (2,833.7 kW) rating for increased fuel efficiency
  • Specially designed single-stage turbocharging ensures power at high altitude

Learn more about the High-Horsepower QSK95 Engine

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Runners up in the Engines category

Kohler KDI 3404TCR SCR Engine

Yanmar 3TN86CHT and 4TN86CHT Industrial Diesel Engines

JCB Stage V 448 Engine

Kubota D902-K Electronically Controlled Engine


ZF eTRAC Electric Drive System for Wheeled Excavators

Like many manufacturers, ZF foresees electrification increasing in the off-highway equipment market, and thus continues to develop components for use in these machines. Its eTRAC electric drive system for wheeled excavators provides a 100% electric solution for OEMs. It is modular in design and consists of a 2-speed powershift transmission, electric motor and inverter. 

According to the company, the system matches the performance and productivity of traditional drivelines. This helps to ensure OEMs and their customers will get the benefits of electrification while still being able to use machines as they always have. 

Features of the electric drive system include:

  • Compact installation space
  • Can be scaled up to peak torque 850 Nm (626.9 ft.-lb.) and continuous power of 80 kW (107.3 hp)
  • Modular design can easily be adapted for various vehicle applications like backhoe loaders, telehandler, forestry equipment, etc. as well

Learn more about the eTRAC Electric Drive System 

ZF eTRACZF eTRACZF Friedrichshafen AG

Runners up in the Drivetrains category

Carraro eFLS 3.2 Transmissions

Omni Powertrain Technologies Electric Drive

Allison Transmission FracTran Hydraulic Fracturing Transmission

Dana Heavy-Duty Drivetrain for Rough-Terrain Cranes and Terminal Tractors

Fluid Power

Eaton SLV20 Load-Sensing Proportional Directional Valve

The Eaton SLV20 load-sensing proportional directional valve is designed to provide more flexibility and control than traditional cast iron control valves. According to the company, designing it in sections enables stacking of multiple functions which can greatly benefit system and overall machine designs. 

“Our new SLV20 valve is a compact, lightweight solution for low-flow applications compared to a traditional cast iron sectional mobile valve, which can be large and heavy,” said Tolu Oluwatudimu, EMEA product manager, screw-in cartridge valves, Eaton, in the company's press release announcing the introduction of the valves. “The valve can help original equipment manufacturers consolidate and reduce the size of main system circuits on mini and micro platforms. It’s also an ideal solution for upgrading from manual to electrohydraulic actuation.” 

Features of the valves include: 

  • Brings priority flow sharing to low-flow machinery with the versatility and serviceability of screw-in cartridge valves
  • Utilizes Eaton’s new ESV9 four-way three-position proportional solenoid cartridge valve in a hydraulic integrated circuit concept
  • Meter-out or meter-in control is achieved through logic elements, which enables flow sharing and flow prioritization in the same valve bank

Learn more about the SLV20 Load-Sensing Proportional Directional Valve

Eaton SLV20 load-sensing proportional directional valveEaton SLV20 load-sensing proportional directional valveEaton

Runners up in the Fluid Power category

Sun Hydraulics FLeX Series FREP Solenoid-Operated, 3-Way Proportional Flow Control Valve

Bosch Rexroth Pre-Compensated Valve Platform 

Bosch Rexroth Hägglunds Atom hydraulic motor

Eaton X3 Medium-Duty Pump and Motor


Equipmake HTM 3500 High Torque Electric Motor

The Equipmake HTM 3500 motor is designed specifically for heavy-duty commercial vehicles, offering the high torque and low motor speed to best suite these vehicles. As it fits directly onto the propshaft of large electric vehicles, there is no need to use a separate gearbox which can help simplify designs and reduce wear points for OEMs. 

This motor is available as a standalone unit or as part of Equipmake's EBus retrofit electric bus chassis. The retrofit chassis helps bus manufacturers quickly convert their vehicles to electric power. 

Features of the electric motor include: 

  • Direct drive design negates need for separate gearbox, allowing for more efficient packaging
  • Produces maximum torque of 3,500 Nm (2,581.5 lb.-ft.) at 1,000 rpm
  • Designed for multiple heavy-duty vehicle applications, including electric buses, heavy-duty on-road trucks and mining equipment, where high torque and start/stop duty cycles are required

Learn more about the HTM 3500 High Torque Electric Motor

The Equipmake HTM 3500 motor is designed specifically for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.The Equipmake HTM 3500 motor is designed specifically for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.Equipmake

Runners up in the Electronics category

Dana TM4 SUMO HP Electric Motors and Inverters

BorgWarner HVH 320 800V Electric Motor

T/CCI Manufacturing Electric Compressors

Appareo Gateway 370 Telematics Control Unit

Operator Cab

Sure Grip Controls JSC CAN Series Joystick

Sure Grip Controls, a subsidiary of Bailey Hydraulics, designed its JSC CAN Series Joystick for rugged off-road equipment applications. Its IP69K and IP67 sealing ensure durability; testing has shown the joysticks to be durable to more than 5 million cycles or 20 million operations. 

"This dual axis Hall effect joystick operates with all our current handles and increases our ability to support higher volume applications,” said Mark Vandersluis, Product Manager of Sure Grip Controls, in the company's press release announcing the launch of the joystick.

Features of the joystick include: 

  • Dual axis joystick
  • Offers minimum below-panel depth
  • Integrated connector

Learn more about the JSC CAN Series Joystick

JSC CAN Series JoysticksJSC CAN Series JoysticksSure Grip

Runners up in the Operator Cab category

Curtis Industries All-Steel Cab for New Holland Workmaster 25S Sub-Compact Tractor

EAO Series 09 LIN Bus Switch Panel and Universal Switches

OTTO K1S ON-ON-ON Triple Throw Rocker Switch

Grote Industries Disinfecting Light for Bus HVAC Systems

Engineering & Manufacturing

Siemens Simcenter 3D 2021

Siemens Digital Industries Software's Simcenter 3D software is part of its Simcenter portfolio of simulation and test products. Simcenter 3D provides a shared engineering platform for simulation; the latest version includes enhancements to the AI-driven user experience as well as new simulation types.

According to the company's press release announcing availability of the new simulation solution, its Simcenter Multimech tool can help engineers see where cracks are developing in their designs and how it could change materials, and thus the final structure. 

Features of the simulation software include: 

  • Includes full representative volume element (RVE) separation and 2D and 3D automatic insertion of cracks or cohesive zones in materials
  • Auralization post-processing tool allows users to listen to simulated pressure results to evaluate sound quality
  • Acoustics engineers can hear the noise produced from various vibrating components or products as opposed to having to visually evaluate through charts or graphs

Learn more about Simcenter 3D 2021

Siemens has released the latest version of its Simcenter 3D software.Siemens has released the latest version of its Simcenter 3D software.Siemens Digital Industries Software

Runners up in the Engineering & Manufacturing category

dSPACE MicroAutoBox III AC Motor Control Solution

Vertex 3D Visualization Platform

Siemens Digital Industries Software Teamcenter Quality Software

EAO Emergency Stop Switch Configurator


If you're a component manufacturer interested in submitting a product for next year's awards, contact [email protected] for more information.