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Dana unveils drivetrain systems at INTERMAT 2012 in France

ABR Staff Writer Published 17 April 2012

Dana Holding (DAN) has unveiled two technologically advanced drivetrain systems for front end loaders and other construction equipment at INTERMAT 2012 in Paris, France.

The company is also unveiling Dana Rexroth R3 hydromechanical variable transmission (HVT), the first powersplit system from the 50-50 joint venture between Dana and Bosch Rexroth, and also its Spicer 318 hydrostatic continuously variable transmission (HCVT).

Additionally, Dana is showcasing the Spicer TZL16, which is the first in a line of powershift transmissions for front end loaders to be produced at the company's assembly plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China.

In February this year, the company had started producing the Spicer TZL16 transmission, and additional transmissions in the Spicer TZL Series will be available later this year.

Dana Off-Highway Driveline Technologies president Aziz Aghili said the new transmission technologies the company is presenting at INTERMAT demonstrate its wide portfolio of complete drivetrain solutions and the value it provides to construction OEMs through its ongoing commitment to research and development.

The R3, which is the first in a series of HVTs, is currently undergoing field testing in several OEM prototype vehicles and is targeting fuel savings in the drivetrain of up to 20% when compared with the same vehicle outfitted with conventional torque converter transmissions.

The company said that the new Spicer 318 hydrostatic continuously variable transmission (HCVT) for compact front end loaders and medium-sized telescopic boom handlers features two-motor design that provides 20% fuel savings during duty cycles that require high travel speeds, as well as increased tractive effort at low travel speeds.