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COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DEVELOPER, TRIZ® ENGINEERING, UNLEASHES INNOVATION WITH A NEW BRAND IDENTITY AND WEBSITE.

13 February 2018

Triz Engineering, the international developer of commercial vehicles on behalf of their major OEM clients, has launched a new website featuring their “OEM DNA” and case studies demonstrating their record of fast-paced innovation.

Manufacturers of commercial vehicles such as heavy-duty trucks, street sweepers, and buses often struggle to keep up with the pace of innovation demanded by their competitive markets: Their customers demand numerous customizations, governments demand the latest emissions-reducing technology, and management demands new products to be launched on a daunting timetable.
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COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DEVELOPER, TRIZ® ENGINEERING, UNLEASHES INNOVATION WITH A NEW BRAND IDENTITY AND WEBSITE.

Triz Engineering, the international developer of commercial vehicles on behalf of their major OEM clients, has launched a new website featuring their “OEM DNA” and case studies demonstrating their record of fast-paced innovation.

Manufacturers of commercial vehicles such as heavy-duty trucks, street sweepers, and buses often struggle to keep up with the pace of innovation demanded by their competitive markets: Their customers demand numerous customizations, governments demand the latest emissions-reducing technology, and management demands new products to be launched on a daunting timetable. The strain of supporting development and current products can unintentionally result in a loss of focus and outstrip the internal resources available. Managers are then faced with the possibility they will not achieve their objectives resulting in missed business opportunities. That’s where Triz Engineering brings capabilities to enable OEMs to achieve what they didn’t think was possible. Triz’s new website (www.trizengineering.com) presents their unique set of skills, approach to project management, and customer focus that has made them a trusted partner of major OEMs.

Triz’s new logo was inspired by a DNA test chart and signifies Triz’s OEM DNA and dynamic “innovation gene”. Triz was born 16 years ago to provide OEM-quality development skills and an integrated engineering team to help a fast-growing commercial vehicle manufacturer bring new products to market at a crackling pace. Now with over 100 specialized vehicle engineers based at offices in the US, South Africa, and in OEM’s own facilities, Triz has brought numerous vehicle platforms to market – on-time and on-budget.

Triz GM, Johann Vorster, explains Triz’s mission: “We empower people to achieve what has not been done before, but should have. The way that we empower people is by delivering services and products that are trusted, exhibit insightful engineering solutions and set the standard for product development.” These differentiators enable us to deliver highly competitive products for our customers.

Companies such as Autocar Trucks, Elgin Sweeper Company, and Workhorse Custom Chassis found partnering with Triz® Engineering resulted in products launched with minimal risk, improved development times, and lower project costs.

Triz’s website also explains how the company’s focused approach ensures that engineering challenges are taken care of the first time, eliminating project creep, opportunity costs, and multiple design iterations.

Also on the website are case studies detailing examples of OEMs that accelerated their innovation leveraging Triz’s core skillsets:

  • ICE Powertrain Systems
  • Chassis Systems
  • Cab Integration
  • Electric and Electronic Systems
  • Simulation and Analysis
  • Program Management
  • Chassis, Suspension and Steering
  • Alternative Powertrain Systems

 

Case Studies

WORKHORSE CUSTOM CHASSIS

Triz Engineering develops a new RV chassis for Workhorse.

Workhorse Custom Chassis contracted Triz Engineering to develop a new chassis for their 24,000lb GVW Class A recreational vehicle product. This was to be the first custom designed chassis for Workhorse, thus an experienced engineering partner was essential to meet the specifications and timelines for the project.

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WORKHORSE CUSTOM CHASSIS

Triz Engineering develops a new RV chassis for Workhorse.

Workhorse Custom Chassis contracted Triz Engineering to develop a new chassis for their 24,000lb GVW Class A recreational vehicle product. This was to be the first custom designed chassis for Workhorse, thus an experienced engineering partner was essential to meet the specifications and timelines for the project.

Founded in 1998, Workhorse manufactures step van and recreational vehicle chassis. After only four years in the recreational vehicle market, Workhorse surpassed the 50% market share threshold for class 3 through 6 vehicles, before eventually taking over 65% share of that same market.

Class A recreational vehicles are considered to be the extreme of luxury in the motorhome industry, and the chassis themselves need to be robust enough to accommodate all of the weight concealed within the packaging of these lavish amenities.

Equally as important are the ride and handling aspects. With luxury motorhomes, the drivers and passengers want to enjoy their driving experience. Triz Engineering thus needed to balance reliability and comfort with the design of the frame and the integration of the suspension and powertrain.

For this project, we began with a feasibility study to help Workhorse understand the costs, our development approach and the possible outcomes. This ensured that Workhorse knew exactly what kind of chassis could be manufactured and how best we could design it.

To meet the Workhorse requirements for the new chassis, we specified and integrated the following major components:

  • Engine: GM Vortec 8.1L V8, 340 hp
  • Transmission: Allison automatic 6 speed with overdrive
  • Brakes: Hydraulic anti-lock Quadraulic4-channel, 4-sensor ABS system
  • Suspension: Single stage constant rate parabolic with aux. Like-Air™ spring, gas-charged shocks and rear track bar.

The outcome of the project was a new W24 recreational vehicle chassis that exceeded expectations and opened new market applications for Workhorse. The chassis was pre-engineered with three different wheel bases (208, 228, 242 inches) to maximize market opportunities by meeting customers’ need for customization. Furthermore, its best-in-class 30,000lb GCWR capacity allows the user to tow up to three tons, which enables them to easily bring along a truck, van, or boat.

ELGIN SWEEPER

Triz Engineering helps Elgin Sweeper meet EPA Regulations while improving serviceability.

Driven by changes in EPA regulations, Elgin Sweeper Company, an Illinois-based OEM for street sweeper trucks, contracted Triz Engineering to replace the then-current Tier 3 emissions engine of their Pelican sweeper truck with the latest EPA approved, John Deere Power Tech EWX 4.5L, 74 horse power Tier 4 engine.

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ELGIN SWEEPER

Triz Engineering helps Elgin Sweeper meet EPA Regulations while improving serviceability.

Driven by changes in EPA regulations, Elgin Sweeper Company, an Illinois-based OEM for street sweeper trucks, contracted Triz Engineering to replace the then-current Tier 3 emissions engine of their Pelican sweeper truck with the latest EPA approved, John Deere Power Tech EWX 4.5L, 74 horse power Tier 4 engine.

The Pelican is a unique three-wheeled mechanical sweeper vehicle known for its maneuverability and serviceability. Elgin’s street sweepers improve water and air quality and community health, and prevent water pollution. Since 1914, they have been committed to creating the toughest and most rugged sweepers in the market.

Elgin Sweeper chose to contract the project to Triz because of our ability to focus exclusively on the custom engine installation required for the project. By calling in a dedicated external team, Elgin Sweeper avoided shifting their own valuable engineering resources away from their core responsibilities; it would have been disruptive and risky for Elgin Sweeper to ramp up internal resources just for this custom project.

Triz was responsible for the entire project from start to end, including feasibility studies, engine installation design, finite element analysis, detailed drawings, engineering release and prototype vehicle build support. To enable this level of support, Triz provided on-site project engineers to serve as liaisons between the Elgin Sweeper and Triz teams.

John Deere signed off on the installation and Elgin Sweeper passed all tests with comfortable margins. The project further improved the reliability and serviceability of the truck, while reducing costs by sharing components with other Elgin trucks.

The outcome of the project was a success as it finished on time and on budget. Pete DiBenedetto, Engineering Manager at Elgin Sweeper, commented that, “The involvement Triz Engineering Services had in regard to Elgin Sweeper’s Pelican 74hp EWX project was excellent. The on-site engineer was very thorough, professional and engaged in the production of the prototype unit, as well as responsive to any changes that may have been required. Overall, it was a great experience.”

AUTOCAR

Triz Engineering develops a new heavy duty chassis for Autocar.

Autocar contracted Triz Engineering to develop a new super-heavy chassis, specifically designed for concrete pump trucks and loop belt units. The company needed a chassis that could accommodate a 50m – 60m pump and loop belt units, converting their current 8x4 HD straight rail chassis into 12x6 and increasing the gross vehicle rating from 86,000lb to 126,000lb.

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AUTOCAR

Triz Engineering develops a new heavy duty chassis for Autocar.

Autocar contracted Triz Engineering to develop a new super-heavy chassis, specifically designed for concrete pump trucks and loop belt units. The company needed a chassis that could accommodate a 50m – 60m pump and loop belt units, converting their current 8x4 HD straight rail chassis into 12x6 and increasing the gross vehicle rating from 86,000lb to 126,000lb.

Autocar is a proudly American-owned company, headquartered in Hagerstown, Indiana. It is the only American truck manufacturer focused on trucks for severe-duty vocational applications. Above all, Autocar is focused on its clients, using their “Always Up” promise to highlight their focus on their customers’ unique needs.

Autocar’s trucks help their customers to be more successful and achieve their challenging objectives. As the industry's technology and innovation leader, Autocar has delivered more natural gas vehicles than all of their competitors combined. Autocar is the oldest motor vehicle manufacturer in the United States and built America's first truck in 1899.

For this project, we began with a feasibility study to help the customer understand the costs, our development approach and the possible outcomes. This ensured that Autocar knew exactly what kind of chassis could be manufactured and how best we could design it.

To build the new chassis, we designed and integrated a:

  • Tridem rear drive design;
  • New front suspension;
  • Tri-steer axle conversion;
  • New brake system;
  • Electrical system updates (ABS and rear axle differential lock harness); and
  • Optimized Allison transmission 6th gear shift point.

The outcome of the project was a new 12x6 Autocar ACX cab chassis, the largest Autocar product offering, which opened new market applications for Autocar speciality vehicles. Additionally, the Tridem rear drive design offers three different axle spreads and six wheel bases.

 

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