(Bologna, Italy) - Bonfiglioli Riduttori SpA, the Bologna-based leader in power transmission for mobile and self-propelled machines, is presenting a brand new hybrid drive solution for agricultural sprayers (crop irrigation and treatment machines) at Agritechnica in Hanover (from the 13th to the 17th November). The new drive has been developed in co-engineering with the Powertrain division of Magneti Marelli.
Bonfiglioli's experience in hub drive gears for earth moving, road surfacing, farm and construction machinery, combined with Magneti Marelli's experience in the design of strategic components for electric and hybrid drivetrains, has led to the development of an innovative solution for this type of application, in which flexibility, compactness and performance must meet strict requirements.
The drive's electric motor is fully integrated in a gear unit designed by Bonfiglioli, especially for this type of agricultural application.
The combined excellence of Bonfiglioli and Magneti Marelli guarantees superb performance in terms of power and torque transmission and distribution of the machine. Thanks to the high level of integration between the Bonfiglioli gear unit and the Magneti Marelli motor, the new drive boasts extremely compact dimensions. This is a fundamental requirement for sprayers, whose drive systems must not damage crops during operation in the field.
Use of an electric drive system instead of a conventional hydraulic one guarantees a high level of flexibility and allows all four wheels to be driven independently. It also permits use of a kinetic energy recovery system to generate energy when the machine is travelling downhill, for example, thus reducing impact on the environment in terms of pollution and emissions.
Fausto Carboni, General Manager for Bonfiglioli's Mobile and Wind Solutions Business Unit explains, "This new drive represents a major step forward for us. It allows us to provide leading manufacturers with an innovative and advanced solution that adds value by integrating mechatronics with other technologies. Electric drivetrains represent an area of rapid development, in which we believe wholeheartedly and are focusing every effort. Agricultural sprayers are the ideal starting point for our strategy of providing hybrid solutions for key account customers in all sectors. This new drive also confirms Bonfiglioli's strong commitment to developing increasingly sustainable solutions with a low impact on the environment."
Bonfiglioli - a leading company in the global power transmission market - designs, manufactures and distributes a complete range of gearmotors, drive systems and planetary gearboxes to satisfy the most demanding needs for industrial processes, automation, mobile, wind and solar energy applications. With over 3000 employees, Bonfiglioli operates production plants and branches in 17 countries, offering tailored solutions with the most advanced technology for each product to ensure the highest level of quality and performance. More information is available at Bonfiglioli.com.
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