Award for innovative wheel alignment stand x-wheel truck d
Palm Beach, September 2014 – x-wheel truck d is a non-contact system used for the accurate alignment of vehicle axles. This wheel alignment stand, which is offered by Dürr Assembly Products and has been patented worldwide, has increased the productivity and quality of truck manufacturer PACCAR's US production plants. At the Manufacturing Leadership Award Summit in Palm Beach (Florida), the Dürr Assembly Products and Schenck RoTec Corporation team, which had worked together to implement the project, was presented with the ML Technology Partner Award. PACCAR received the ML Award in the Engineering & Production Technology Leadership category.
The awards recognize the role x-wheel truck d plays in innovative production. The wheel alignment stand has been installed at the Denton, Texas (Peterbilt Motors), and Chillicothe, Ohio (Kenworth Trucks), sites. It enables non-contact, automated processes with x-3Dprofile measuring technology for commercial vehicles. The axles are aligned according to manufacturer-specific nominal values with the aid of rotary plates. The system fully meets customer requirements in terms of measuring accuracy, reproducibility and alignment regulations.
x-wheel truck d is the only system in the market that measures relevant parameters such as toe and camber angle at the front and rear axles of commercial vehicles (trucks and buses) with a maximum axle load of ten tons, ensuring high accuracy and unmatched repeatability. It does not require any adaptive measuring devices on tires and frames. At the PACCAR facilities, x-wheel truck d has helped not only to improve quality but also to increase production throughput.
The wheel alignment stand also provides a significant advantage when aligning driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control (ACC) or lane departure warning (LDW). For this purpose, the wheel alignment stand is equipped with a floor guide including Z pillar, on which the relevant calibration plate is installed. The calibration plate is positioned fully automatically. The system can communicate with the control unit of the vehicle via the steering wheel balancer. This integrated system enables the accurate alignment of driver assistance systems with the measured driving direction on the wheel alignment stand.
In addition, x-wheel truck d can be modularly expanded to include the x-light headlamp aiming system. To this end, a further Z pillar with light box is mounted on the floor guide.
The successful project for Peterbilt Motors and Kenworth Trucks has since led to further requests from the PACCAR group as well as other truck and commercial vehicle manufacturers.