Dana introduces ‘Smart Suite’ connected drivetrain system

Dana Holding Corporation introduced Friday its Spicer Smart Suite technology, a platform of fully integrated, connected-vehicle features that converts operating data from the drivetrain into actionable insights for enhancing productivity, improving operator and machine safety, and reducing total operating costs.

Initially introduced as a package of options for Spicer axles, Dana says the Spicer Smart Suite technology will ultimately extend to additional Spicer drivetrain products.

“As the construction market becomes more competitive, equipment manufacturers and owners are pressed to drive greater efficiencies,” says Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Driveline Technologies.  “Dana is actively developing a wide selection of leading-edge technologies, led by Spicer Smart Suite technology, that can transform passive drivetrain components into intelligent, powerful forces for boosting performance.”

Spicer Smart Suite technology is an integrated system that collects, manages, analyzes, communicates, and acts on data sourced from the drivetrain, Dana says, including load monitoring, condition monitoring, torque management, speed sensing, and steering sensing.

This technology provides useful, actionable insights to end users on and off the vehicle, allowing critical alerts and analysis to be shared on vehicle central display panels, via tablets, and in fleet management centers , the company says. It is also designed to take these insights a step further by performing key functions independent of operator intervention.

Dana says Spicer Smart Suite technology enhances the intelligence drawn from drivetrain components through a solution that includes:

  • Sensors that capture data from key drivetrain operating processes;
  • Computing capabilities that consolidate, manage, and analyze data, and;
  • Compatibility with common vehicle communication protocols and telematics systems.

Leveraging Dana’s decades of expertise, Spicer Smart Suite technology seamlessly integrates vehicle intelligence technologies with Dana’s line of drivetrain components.  As a result, Spicer Smart Suite technology provides the deepest, richest, and most accurate insights into vehicle performance, supplying greater long-term value over the remote-mounted and retrofitted solutions currently available from third-party providers, the company says.

Spicer Smart Suite technology is fully integrated into component housings, delivering optimum packaging and ensuring that sensitive mechatronic sub-systems are fully protected from accidental damage and the impacts of typical operating environments.

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