3D Printing for Truck Parts

Mercedes-Benz is introducing 3D printing for truck parts as part of the standard production method in parts departments. Later this year, 30 genuine spare parts will be available for order and supplied at the press of a button from the 3D printer.

 

3D Printing for Truck Parts

 

“In keeping with our brand promise ‘Trucks you can trust’, we set the same benchmarks for reliability, functionality, durability and economy for spare parts from 3D production as for parts from conventional production”, said Andreas Deuschle, Head of Marketing and Operations in the Customer Services and Parts Mercedes-Benz Trucks Division. “However, 3D offers many more possibilities; this is why we shall be rapidly extending the production of 3D printed parts.

 

“We benefit from our extensive experience at Daimler with 3D printing processes in prototype construction. The available spare parts consist of high-quality plastic components. Covers, spacers, spring caps, air and cable ducts, clamps, mountings and control elements are just a few examples of economical spare part production in top quality made possible by using the 3D printing process.

 

The ‘printed’ spare parts are created with state-of-the-art 3D printers based on the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing process. For Mercedes-Benz Trucks the process parameters have been optimised and determined by the Daimler research and development divisions.

 

Every 3D spare part can be ordered by the customer using the special spare part number under which it is recorded in the order code lists and the spare parts catalogues at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

 

The challenge in the spare parts business lies in securing supply even for model series which are no longer produced and for which there is only a low demand in small quantities every year. Producing them is uneconomical for suppliers, production facilities and tools often have to be retained and maintained for years.

 

Getting the Lowdown on Benz

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has officially launched its dual control low entry truck. The Econic was formally unveiled, this week, in front of waste industry representatives at an event in Melbourne. Mercedes Benz, here in Australia, has developed a world’s first, this is the first time the Econic has been fitted with two steering wheels and controls on both sides of the cabin.

 

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The dual control Econic is produced at the company’s Worth plant in Germany and it has a Euro 6 rated engine, Electronic Stability Program and a low-entry cab design with visibility superior to that of traditional trucks. Benz are keen to point out, no other truck in this class has all three features.

 

“The launch of the dual control Econic represents a win all round for operators, drivers and the public,” said Andrew Assimo, Mercedes-Benz Trucks Sales Manager. “The Euro 6 engine is efficient and produces low emissions, but it is quiet in operation too.

 

“High levels of safety are a big plus for everyone, especially the driver, who also benefits from great ergonomics. There is also the superior vision of this truck, which is of utmost importance given the mixture of pedestrians, cyclists and cars in the urban environments most Econics will operate.”

 

The dual control Econic is fitted with Electronic Stability Program, also Electronic Braking System and an Anti-Lock Braking System all fitted as standard. Optional safety items include adaptive cruise control, Active Brake Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.

 

The truck’s cabin complies with the European ECE-R29 crash test regulations and features large panoramic windows for improved visibility. The Econic features air suspension on all axles and a suspended driver’s seat on both sides of the cabin.

 

It uses a 7.7-litre diesel engine putting out 299 hp and meeting Euro 6 emission standards. According to Mercedes Benz, this means it delivers a reduction of emissions and particulate matter by up to 90 per cent compared to the Euro 5 engine. Econic also runs the industry-preferred six-speed Allison fully automatic transmission.

 

“We’ve been developing this targeted product for the local waste industry for three years, so it was fantastic to show the dual control Econic to our customers,” said Michael May, Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Director. “The reaction was extremely positive with customers thrilled to finally see a factory-delivered solution that ticks so many of the boxes when it comes to safety, environment, driver welfare and low operating costs.”

 

Econic Goes Dual

A world first is being introduced onto the Australian market by Mercedes-Benz. This is the launch of the dual control Econic model for use by the waste collection industry. Dual control allows drivers to control the vehicle from the side of the cab closest to the kerb and enables a better view when picking up bins using the side loader system.

 

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The truck is sold in Europe with a single steering wheel for use by the waste industry, but Australian operators prefer to go down the dual control route. There are, currently only two players in this market segment, Iveco with the latest Acco and Dennis Eagle with the Elite 2.

 

The new dual control Econic has a Euro 6 rated engine, Electronic Stability Control and a low-entry cab design with a high level of all round visibility. As Mercedes Benz is keen to point out, no other truck in the class has all three of these features.

 

The Econic first appeared in Australia at the International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne back in 2012. At the time it was only available as a single steer model. Since then, Mercedes Benz has developed the dual control system, specifically to suit Australian operators.

 

The Econic uses a 7.7 litre diesel engine with 299 hp that meets Euro 6 emission standards, linked up to a six-speed Allison fully automatic transmission. Its cabin complies with the European ECE-R29 crash test regulations.

 

The Econic has Electronic Stability Program, an Electronic Braking System and ABS. It features air suspension for all axles and a suspended driver’s seat on both sides of the cabin.

 

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“The Econic was already a class-leading vehicle; the only thing missing was dual control,” said Andrew Assimo, Mercedes-Benz Trucks Sales Manager. “We are very excited to introduce a dual control version, which we think ticks all the boxes for Australian waste collection operators.”

 

“There is no other truck in the class that has the full suite of safety and environmental features that are standard in Econic including an Electronic Braking System, Anti-Lock Braking, a Euro 6 rated engine and panoramic vision. We know this will be a big plus for many customers.”

Low revs high torque

New engine technology is claimed to make a new engine the most efficient truck engine in the world. Mercedes Benz has unveiled the next generation of its 13 litre engine range in Europe. The latest iteration of the OM 471 engine is based on the same basic engine block as other 13 litre Daimler engines around the world, including the Detroit DD 13.

 

Shaping Future Transportation 2015, Campus Safety

 

 

This evolution of the OM 471 comes four years after its introduction at the European launch of the new Actros, due in Australia next year. The Euro 6 compliant engine sees each of the various technologies included in the modern engine enhanced for improved performance. The initial launch of the new Actros in Australia will be fitted with the Euro 5 version of this engine, so we can expect to see this latest enhanced technology appearing later this decade.

 

 

Power ratings now go up to 530 hp, the X-Pulse fuel injection system has been improved, a new EGR valve has been introduced, as has an asymmetric turbo system. Mercedes Benz is claiming considerable fuel economy improvements for the new engine and is talking about oil change intervals out to 150,000 km.

 

 

New torque performance has been achieved, as a result of introducing the enhanced technology. The lower powered versions of the new engine will see torque topped up by an extra 200 Nm when the truck is in top gear. This should reduce down changing, thus decreasing fuel use, by enabling the truck to hang on to top gear longer.

 

 

Maximum power will be available from 1450 to 1800 rpm on the new engines and maximum torque, at 2600 Nm (1918 ft lb) on the top power engine, is on tap from 900 to 1450 rpm. Even at idling speed, at 600 rpm, the engine is still producing 1600 Nm of torque.

 

 

X-Pulse injection uses a common rail fuel system boosted with extra pressure by the injectors. Pressure in the rail will now increase to 1160 bar and injection pressure is to rise to 2700 bar, giving more precise control of injection event timing.

 

 

As part of the fuel saving strategy, the new engine is being offered in a truck with a rear axle ratio of 2.533. In this set up, with the truck running at 65 km/h the engine is still below 900 rpm but can use the 2200 Nm of torque to maintain performance.

 

 

The new EGR exhaust valve has been repositioned and can now be used to control both the level of exhaust gas recirculation but also the amount of exhaust gas redirected to the turbo, when a power boost is needed.

 

The engine also uses asymmetric injection strategies when regenerating the DPF. The EGR rate is increased as high as 50 per cent in to increase exhaust gas temperature flowing through the particulate filter. In order to avoid a high level of unburnt fuel, cylinders one to three get reduced fuel while four to six get a full fuel flow. Benz claim this strategy does not compromise power output or emissions levels.

Brisbane premieres

The Brisbane Truck Show opened yesterday with a number of new trucks unveiled and a plenty to talk about for the crowds who filled the halls at the Brisbane Convention Centre. New models unveiled included the next generation Mercedes Benz Actros, the International ProStar, the Western Star 2800, the MAN TGX with the all new D38 15 litre engine and the new shape DAF LF. Read more

New ute brand on the way

The ute market is going to get an unexpected entrant in the next few years. This week Mercedes Benz announced its intention to introduce a ute on the world market in the next few years. The new ute will be handled by the current van section of the global vehicle maker.

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“The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management at Daimler and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division. “We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value.”

 

The ute segment of the market is seeing a continuing evolution as they are no longer sold, purely, into the the working section of the market. more and more utes are seen as a leisure vehicle and used as the family car. Mercedes Benz have seen the relative success of the VW Amarok and will be getting on board the ute market ride.

 

“As part of our ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global’ strategy, the pickup is the ideal vehicle for the international expansion of our product range with a newly developed model,” said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

 

The new Mercedes-Benz says the ute will initially be targeted at markets in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe.

 

“We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car,” said Mornhinweg. “We will design our brand’s first pickup according to this recipe for success.”

 

Into the future

It’s the beginning of the year and a chance to look into the future and take a peak over the horizon at the kind of technology we can expect to find appearing in our trucks sooner than you think. The truck manufacturers are already setting up the electronics in trucks to take account of the kind of stuff which will start to be fitted in the next decade.

 

These new developments mark a major change in the philosophy behind safety technology. Currently, all of the safety technology is based on board, using sensors, accelerometers and radar to work out what is going on in and around the truck. In the next generation the information will come from surrounding vehicles, roadside transmitters, pedestrians’ phones and via the mobile phone network.

 

The possibilities are too diverse to imagine at this stage, but the next generation of trucks is likely to create a quantum leap in the kind of safety outcomes possible for the trucking industry. The new technology will overlap with, and may even supercede, the kind of developments being spruiked by Daimler in autonomous trucks like the Mercedes Benz 2025 concept shown here:

 

Giving birth to a van

What is going on in the heads of these advertising guys? There must have been a meeting with an ad agency pitching the idea of a van launch video referencing a porn movie, and the executives took them seriously. It is difficult to take this series of videos seriously in any way.

 

The premise is a kind of automotive porn version of Dirty Dancing, but it just comes out as confusing. It is also difficult to understand what point the movie makers are trying to get across about the Vito van.

 

There are several different versions of this video. This is the Voyeur Version:

http://youtu.be/MHs663AXgbM

 

This version is marked as the Censored one, presumably because of the pixelation:

http://youtu.be/zHkObcx5rnE

 

Probably, the most ridiculous of all, the Bondage Version:

http://youtu.be/XH9kT5qMeKs

New in Hannover

Once every two years the trucking world descends on Hannover for the IAA. This is, probably, the world’s biggest truck show and subject to a lot of attention. Global launches of trucks and trailers abound and everyone has something new to sell. This year, Daimler have introduced their Future Truck 2025 concept, the self driving truck in this video. Read more

New Actros for Australia

The new shape Actros is set to be on sale here in Australia by the end of 2016 and will be available in Euro 5 as well as Euro 6 versions. The truck was released in Europe in the lead up to the introduction of Euro 6 in the EU in 2011, but the German truck manufacturer had hesitated to release it here before new emission regulations demanded it.

 

The Actros design is a complete departure from anything offered by Benz in the past. They have moved away from the V6 and V8 engines currently offered and gone to the Mercedes Benz version of the same basic engine block used in the Detroit DD 13 and 15. Of course, the engine mapping and performance are completely different to that offered in the Detroit version, more suited to European driving conditions.

 

Originally it was expected the new Actros would only be offered as a Euro 6 emissions level engine. However, Diesel News has learned this week, from the new General Manager Mercedes Benz Truck and Bus, Justin Whitford, there will be a version compliant with the current ADR 80/03 emission rules for customers who prefer it.

 

Benz is about to begin a substantial program of testing of the new Actros on our roads. As the new shape will be impossible to fully disguise, we can expect to see a couple of unusual test prime movers appear in a selection of fleets in the next couple of years.

 

Here is promotional stunt Mercedes Benz set up, arriving as a taxi to pick up passengers working for rival truck makers: