As performance requirements become more stringent – driven principally by emissions legislation – with demands for fuel efficiency and continuing requirements for extended hardware durability, it becomes increasingly important to co-develop hardware and fluid to achieve maximum whole-system synergies. Such an approach demands that hardware builders and fluid technology providers collaborate closely from the very beginning of the design process.
Such hand-in-hand design of innovative solutions involving the technical teams of global hardware manufacturers will
- enable OEMs' own technological innovations
- provide unique solutions to meet the need of end-users for reliable performance
- support regulators in the continuing drive towards environmental sustainability in global transportation
Infineum has extensive experience working in this way:
We have worked in partnership with some advanced transmission builders to co-develop additive technologies that are optimised for leading edge 6- and 7-speed automatic transmission hardware. A current project extends this approach further as we are collaborating with a design house, transmission builder and a customer to deliver a fully optimised continuously variable transmission (CVT) system.
Heavy Duty Diesel Co-developments
Infineum has recently completed a co-development with a leading heavy duty engine maker and a lubricant marketer to develop an innovative high fuel economy, low viscosity engine oil that also delivers all the protection to the hardware that previous conventional oils offered. This approach was so successful that we have now embarked on generation two of this approach.
This hugely popular global programme focuses on trends and technology developments in the oil, automotive, transportation and additive industries. This is a leading manifestation of our commitment to industry collaboration.
The greatest challenges of the future for all forms of motive transport will be based on achievement of substantive improvements in energy efficiency. For the contributions that can come from fluid technologies, we believe the only way forward will be through close collaboration with vehicle and hardware builders, with our customers and with other stakeholders, to realise the maximum contributions to these emerging challenges.
Engine and vehicle manufacturers, key component suppliers and design engineering consultants interested in discussing collaborations that aspire to synergistic outcomes, please contact us directly via the Contact Page.