In November 2022, the OEM Off-Highway team hosted its inaugural OEM Industry Summit. We were thrilled to have presentations from Bosch Rexroth, Vanguard Commercial Power, Roland Berger, CALSTART and Moog Construction.
The global supply chain network has experienced problems and slowdowns since the pandemic lockdowns in 2020. The problems still exist, disrupting OEMs’ ability to deliver mobile equipment quickly to their customers. From the chip shortage to delays of other materials, Wilfried Aulbur, senior partner, Roland Berger, discussed where we are and what we can anticipate moving into 2023
Software and electronic controls are leading to dramatic changes in the off-highway industry. This digitalization is supporting new capabilities and greater flexibility at the equipment level, as well as increasing efficiency and productivity. Equally important, digitalization is radically changing the way hydraulic components are fundamentally designed. Two exemplary cases are Bosch Rexroth’s A4VG/35 axial piston variable pump for closed circuits and the A10VO/eOC pump for open circuit control. These components have been specifically designed with highly efficient standard controls integrated into the device that, via software, emulates what traditionally would be accomplished with multiple complex mechanical devices. It’s an example of how mechanical components are being replaced with software. These advances support stroking pistons that enhance their dynamic behavior and rotary groups, offering increased pressure and speed capabilities for some of the most flexible and highest power-dense fluid power components in the industry.
Vanguard Commercial Power
As emission regulations continue to tighten, innovative power sources remain the primary goal for OEMs. Electrification, alternative fuels like hydrogen and biofuels are current options. In this session, Nick Moor, Director of Product Management – Electrification, Briggs & Stratton, discusses commercial battery options.
In the future, diesel engines may be banned in many states and countries. This session that discusses the future requirements for off-highway emissions and the technology that may help OEMs remain under the limits. Learn more from Steven Sokolsky, program manager, CALSTART, as he describes how CALSTART assists vehicle manufacturers develop and demonstrate clean off-road equipment.
The off-highway mobile equipment industry has experienced its share of change during the last five years. As the industry prepares and braces for more change—including climate initiatives, alternative fuels and methods for power, and workforce shortages—autonomous equipment and electrification present ways to manage the changes and regulations expected during the next year.
The summit saw 1,265 registrants. If you missed it, you can watch all the sessions on-demand.