Dana Expands Range of Driveline Offerings to Support Engine Downspeeding
New Ratio for Spicer® AdvanTEK® 40 Tandem Axle
Improves Performance, Efficiency
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2017 – At the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) is introducing a new axle ratio for the Spicer® AdvanTEK® 40 tandem axle designed to support engine downspeeding for linehaul trucks. This new axle ratio of 2.47:1 allows truck buyers to fine-tune their driveline specifications for an optimized balance of productivity and fuel efficiency.
Dana leads the industry with seven available ratios to support engine downspeeding, ranging from 2.26:1 to 2.93:1.
This new ratio from Dana is ideally suited for direct-drive versions of the SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain, a joint collaboration between Eaton and Cummins. The configuration is recommended for regional-haul applications that travel a composite of interstate highways, secondary roads, and urban operations.
Proven to be the most fuel efficient powertrain in the trucking industry since its introduction in 2013, the SmartAdvantage Powertrain features the Cummins X15 Efficiency Series engine paired with an Eaton Fuller Advantage® 10-speed automated manual transmission. The engine and transmission share critical data, determining the torque required to deliver superior drivability and an optimum power level.
By utilizing engine downspeeding and leveraging the Cummins X15 engine’s class-leading low-end torque, many vehicle operators will see a tangible improvement in fuel economy over traditional drivelines. The system also delivers a better value when compared with competitive integrated powertrains.
“As industry experts, Dana, Cummins, and Eaton share engineering data in order to fine-tune the powertrain and maximize the benefits of engine downspeeding,” said Mark Wallace, executive vice president of Dana and president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies. “The Spicer AdvanTEK 40 axle, which is the fastest, lightest, and most efficient axle available, is fully optimized for the best-performing powertrain on the market, delivering a powerful system that manages dynamic challenges resulting from higher torque requirements.”
For guidance in selecting the optimal configuration, truck owners can visit smartadvantagepowertrain.com.
Four years ago, Dana was the first to offer a driveline solution for engine downspeeding with the introduction of the Spicer AdvanTEK 40 tandem axle and the SPL® Series driveshafts.
Dana’s optimized system for the SmartAdvantage Powertrain includes the Spicer AdvanTEK 40 tandem axle with the new axle ratio of 2.47:1, the SPL 250 driveshaft, and the SPL 170 inter-axle shaft. This system is designed to handle higher input torque from downsped engines compared with competitive powertrains, providing further weight and cost savings in select applications.
Dana is featuring a range of efficient drivetrain solutions for the commercial-vehicle industry in booth 1334 at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2017 Annual Meeting this week.
Dana Introduces Rhombus™ TireAnalytics Solution to Deliver Critical Insights for Lowering Tire Costs, Improving Truck Performance
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2017 – Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) is unveiling its new Rhombus™ TireAnalytics solution, a cloud-based platform that enables commercial-truck owners and fleet maintenance managers to identify best practices for tire maintenance and optimize tire lifecycle management. The technology is being showcased at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibition.
Leveraging Dana’s close collaboration with trucking customers and a growing leadership in intelligent, data-driven solutions for vehicle owners, the Rhombus TireAnalytics solution provides valuable insights into the condition of tractor and trailer tires that help identify and analyze tire wear trends, predict maintenance issues that can be addressed preemptively to minimize truck downtime, and establish optimal timeframes for scheduled replacement. For larger fleets, it also facilitates the implementation of straightforward, standardized tire inspection and maintenance practices across terminals.
Available now in the United States and Canada, the Rhombus TireAnalytics system integrates portable communications and computing platforms, advanced data collection and analysis, information sharing, and dashboard technologies through a cloud-based solution. Truck owners can use the system with their existing mobile, tablet, and desktop assets, eliminating the need for any additional hardware purchases.
“Customer centricity is fundamental to everything we do at Dana, and it drives our long-standing commitment to innovation and best-in-industry quality and durability. It also provides the foundation for the commercialization of new technology – a key element of our enterprise strategy,” said Mark Wallace, executive vice president of Dana and president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies. “Today’s launch of the Rhombus TireAnalytics solution is our next step in developing world-class, data-driven solutions and customer experiences that address the top issues in the industries we serve.”
Rhombus TireAnalytics is the latest in a series of intelligent solutions from Dana for vehicle owners. At Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in January, Dana announced a comprehensive e-commerce platform that streamlines the identification process of the company’s automotive and commercial-vehicle replacement parts portfolio and connects service technicians around the world with Dana’s aftermarket parts distributors.
Dana is also developing Spicer® Smart Suite™ technology for off-highway applications. This platform of fully integrated, connected-vehicle features converts operating data from the drivetrain into actionable insights for enhancing productivity, improving operator and machine safety, reducing maintenance costs, and decreasing total operating costs.
“Over the lifetime of a truck, tire maintenance is a top spend item and a leading cause of over-the-road truck-down incidents that drive roadside assistance costs and late delivery penalties,” said Tim Farney, vice president of global sales for Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies. “The Rhombus TireAnalytics solution is a first-to-market, easy-to-use solution that enables truck owners to thoroughly assess the success of their tire management strategies, establish operational excellence for this critical area of maintenance, and utilize Big Data and 21st-century cloud-based software to predict and optimize tire spend.”
TMC attendees may visit Dana in booth 1334 to learn more about the Rhombus TireAnalytics system and Dana’s comprehensive suite of solutions for commercial vehicles. More information is also available at RhombusTire.com.
Dana Launches New SPL® 350 Lite Driveshaft, Improving Performance of Industry-Leading Driveline for Engine Downspeeding
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2017 – Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) is announcing the production launch of its new SPL® 350 Lite driveshaft optimized for high-efficiency on-highway and heavy-haul vehicles with engine downspeeding configurations. The innovation is on display at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibition.
Now available at select original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the new SPL 350 Lite driveshaft is up to 35 pounds lighter than existing products, making it the lightest weight driveshaft in its class. It offers improved performance, enhanced vehicle dynamics, and easier maintenance while delivering the durability and reliability required to support torque-management needs resulting from fast axle ratios that enable engine downspeeding.
Four years ago, Dana was the first to market with an integrated driveline solution for engine downspeeding when it introduced the Spicer® AdvanTEK™ 40 tandem axle and SPL® Series driveshafts. The SPL 350 Lite driveshaft positions Dana for powertrains that enable engine downspeeding by supporting axle ratios lower than 2.26:1, which is the fastest ratio on the market today for 6×4 tandem axle configurations.
“When it comes to engine downspeeding, every OEM has specific torque-handling requirements,” said Mark Wallace, executive vice president of Dana and president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies. “The SPL 350 Lite driveshaft has been designed to incorporate the strength and durability of the industry-proven SPL® 350 driveshaft, while reducing overall weight in optimized downsped drivetrain configurations.”
Designed with 11 fewer components to reduce weight and enable faster, easier installation by OEMs, this driveshaft offers extended component life, as well as improved performance and vehicle dynamics with reduced noise, vibration, and harshness levels. It shares service components with the existing SPL 350 driveshaft, simplifying maintenance and inventory for truck owners and service facilities.
Dana offers the SPL 350 Lite driveshaft with a choice of service-free or standard re-lube designs to accommodate fleet preference. Dana is the only supplier in the industry to offer universal joint kits that are 100 percent interchangeable, allowing truck owners to change between service-free and re-lube configurations.
Dana will present a comprehensive lineup of driveline technologies for commercial vehicles in booth 1334 at TMC’s 2017 Annual Meeting this week.
About Dana Incorporated
Dana is a world leader in highly engineered solutions for improving the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery. Dana supports the passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway markets, as well as industrial and stationary equipment applications. Founded in 1904, Dana employs approximately 27,000 people in 34 countries on six continents who are committed to delivering long-term value to customers. The company reported sales of more than $5.8 billion in 2016. Forbes Magazine has again selected Dana as one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies. Based in Maumee, Ohio, the company’s headquarters operations were selected as a “Top Workplace” by The (Toledo) Blade in 2017. For more information, please visit dana.com.