Dana Incorporated today unveiled new e-Mobility technologies that improve the performance of drive and work functions for field sprayers and telehandlers used in agriculture. Pictured above is one of Dana's Spicer® Electrified™ e-Axles. Additionally, Dana is debuting new drive and motion technologies for field sprayers, including the new Spicer® Torque-Hub® brand of wheel drives, as well as electrified drive systems and work functions.
“From telehandlers that accomplish a variety of work functions to sprayers that perform a single task continuously over several hours, the diversity of duty cycles across applications presents engineering challenges for agriculture equipment manufacturers on the path to electrification,” said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies. “Dana has the expertise and expanding product line to support agriculture manufacturers with technologies for diesel-, hybrid-, and electric-powered vehicles.”
Designed for telehandlers with load capacities up to 3,000 kg (6,600 lbs.), Spicer® Electrified™ e-Axles leverage Dana’s industry-leading lineup of motors, inverters, and controls to provide electrified propulsion within established vehicle architectures.
Dana has also developed the Spicer® Electrified™ e-Gearbox, which features a compact design that manages high input speeds, provides superior power density, improves mechanical efficiency, and offers a precision-engineered interface for connecting high-performance motors.
Dana leverages vehicle data to improve performance and reduce total cost of ownership through its Spicer® Smart Suite™ Intelligent Load Monitoring System (ILMS). Spicer Smart Suite ILMS uses patented and proprietary data-harvesting technologies across the vehicle to prevent tip-over incidents, supply intelligent calibration management, and estimate axle attitude. It is designed to alert the operator of potential tipping situations, reduce the risk of vehicle breakdowns, improve productivity, and enhance the long-term serviceability of drive systems.
Additionally, Dana supports the electrification of telehandler work functions with low-voltage motors, power electronics, control systems, and Brevini® pumps.
For nearly 50 years, the Torque-Hub brand of planetary wheel drives has earned a reputation for offering the performance, durability, and reliability required for a variety of off-highway vehicle applications.
Dana offers a full range of Spicer Torque-Hub wheel drives for sprayers that provides 11,000 to 26,000 N-m (8,100 to 19,000 lb·ft) of drive torque. They have a compact design with a steerable four-wheel-drive configuration delivering exceptional maneuverability while minimizing crop damage. Also, Spicer Torque-Hub wheel drives can be easily integrated with central tire inflation systems (CTIS).
Engineers have combined Spicer Torque-Hub technology with high-performance electric motors from the Dana portfolio to deliver an electric drive system for field sprayers with superior efficiency.