Meritor’s Vehicle Dynamics mobile laboratory hits the road

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Updated Jun 13, 2012

Meritor Inc. announced that its Vehicle Dynamics mobile laboratory is traveling throughout North America. Various products and capabilities are tested on location, including:
• Truck and Trailer: SmarTandem axle, tire inflation systems and drum and air disc brake development;
• Specialty and Off-Highway: Adaptive damping systems for off-highway seats, as well as bus and fire truck suspensions; and
• Defense: The ProTec High Mobility Independent Suspension adaptive damping systems, tire inflation systems and suspension height control.

“Meritor’s remote testing capabilities are critical to product development,” says Tim Burns, vice president and general manager, Defense & Specialty, Meritor.” The lab allows us to provide on-site support at U.S. Government and independent test sites across North America. The lab’s vehicle test data acquisition capability reduces development time by allowing immediate optimization of ride and handling characteristics so we can tune the products to best fit real-world environments.”

Meritor’s Vehicle Dynamics laboratory is outfitted with chassis development equipment including two shock dynamometers, a 50-ton press, a coil spring compressor for oversized military high-rate springs, a large wet bench and alignment equipment. It also has video equipment for documentation and is connected directly to the company’s Development Center in Troy, Mich. through a wireless network.

“This direct link allows data transmission back and forth for additional analysis by the vehicle dynamics and controls teams,” says Simon Dean, senior director, Advanced Engineering & Electronics, Meritor. “The information is correlated on the full vehicle simulator in the Troy test lab, which further proves product performance and capabilities. Combined with our technical expertise in Troy, the lab’s vehicle test data acquisition capability allows us to deliver the most advanced products with world-class quality while meeting the needs of our customers.”