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Venturing into newer

Venturing into newer pastures Christof Kirsch Continental, the German giant in automotive industry is venturing into newer areas of business. Aiming to create new technologies, adding value to current ones and also securing its medium to long term stream of revenue generation. Continental, the tech company specializing in the automotive sector is now intensifying its activities outside its core areas and further expanding its industrial business. In the days to come, Continental will increasingly be focusing on technologies for construction, agriculture, and material handling equipment. With this in mind, the company based in Hannover, Germany is consistently working toward its strategic aim of achieving a more balanced customer portfolio across the automotive sector and other industries. In doing so, it also safeguards the future viability of the company in the face of possible economic fluctuations. Based on current forecasts, the company sees great opportunities and is targeting a sales potential in the higher triple-digit million Euros by 2020. The off-highway product portfolio, which the company is aiming to strengthen, ranges from electronic control units and instrumentation to solutions for telematics, display systems as well as technologies for drive and exhaust-gas after treatment, conveyor belts, vibration and hose technology, air spring systems, and interior materials. About Continental As an international automotive supplier, Continental, in 2015, generated sales of € 39.2 billion with its 5 divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and ContiTech. As a division in the Continental group, ContiTech is one of the world’s leading industrial specialists. Its customers can be found in key industries such as machine and plant engineering, mining, the agricultural industry, and the automotive industry. With around 43,000 employees in 44 countries and sales of € 5.4 billion in 2015, the ContiTech division, uses its expertise for products and systems made of rubber, plastic, metal, textile, and electronic components to combine these with individual services. Extremely flexible and high-temperature hose Applying its engineering expertise on hose technologies, for example, ContiTech has been able to develop an extremely flexible hightemperature hose ‘Conti Excelsus’ with external reinforcement for truck and off-highway applications. Its flexibility allows it to be used even in especially tight and complex installation situations – and that includes the very high temperatures encountered there. Depending on the particular finish, the hose can withstand temperatures of up to 250 °C. This makes it ideal for use in extremely hot environments. It can also withstand operating pressures of up to 15 bar. It supplies the turbocharger with cooling water and lubricating oil, and is also used in its control system. The hose is also suitable for transporting air in the exhaust systems such as a diesel particulate filter or as a fuel return line. ContiTech’s new development gets its flexibility from a special braid made of a various new and highly sophisticated textile materials which is resistant to high temperatures and chemicals. This encloses the inner lining made of rubber especially adapted for the application which is highly stretchable. The tight bending radii which are possible as a result are an ideal response to the trend towards downsizing in engines and the associated ever tighter installation spaces. As a result of its rigorously lightweight design, this cost-optimized solution also offers a significant weight advantage over the traditional PTFE pipes enclosed in a stainless-steel braid used hitherto for these tasks. The new hose therefore contributes to reducing fuel consumption and thus also CO 2 emissions. Another advantage for the customer is that it is part of a modular package from which the user can select the right product for the particular application. This yields further cost benefits for him. Advanced telematics for off-highway vehicles Thanks to a new telematics solution, fleet managers, drivers, and maintenance teams are always informed about relevant tyre-related data. MDA INDIA Author: Christof Kirsch, Head of R&D and Product Engineering, Engine Drivetrain of ContiTech Mobile Fluid Systems

MACHINE ELEMENTS 02 ContiTech’s new, extremely flexible and high-temperature hose with external reinforcement 01 Christof Kirsch, Head of R&D and Product Engineering, Engine Drivetrain of ContiTech Mobile Fluid Systems In combination with the tyre pressure monitoring system, the solution facilitates the efficient management of vehicle fleets. On a central server, information is collected, made available, and then transmitted. The system informs the user when the tyre pressure has to be corrected, for example. Vehicle downtimes are thus reduced as the danger of tyre damage is minimized, and the outlay for regular, time-consuming maintenance work is lessened. The right choice of tyre also makes a significant contribution to vehicle safety. Continental has a comprehensive range of pneumatic and solid tyres for various areas of application. Heavy devices such as pickups, road construction equipment and tractors also move safely on rubber tracks. In addition, integrated and retrofit-able camera systems enable 360-degree monitoring of the vehicles. Products equipped with vibration isolation and noise reduction dampen the vibrations and structure-borne noise, isolates machinery oscillations and noticeably increase riding comfort. Components can be safely lifted, powered, and controlled using high-pressure hydraulic hoses. Electrically conductive fuel hoses ensure a reliable media supply. Improving work and transportation efficiency With its wide variety of instrumentation solutions that range from the dial-type gauge to the fully programmable 12-inch terminal, Continental’s components and systems for construction, agriculture, and material handling equipment Continental is following the trend toward connected vehicles that make drivers’ lives considerably easier by displaying information clearly. The display and terminal solutions improve everyday working life, from maneuvering on the construction site to the targeted management of agricultural areas. An on-board telematics unit transmits data from and to the vehicle. This sees Continental play a supporting role in saving time and making work more efficient. Furthermore, when it comes to machinery leasing, data about the duration and place of use can be stored for billing purposes. Low on emission, high on comfort To ensure low emissions, manufacturers are using high-activity catalytic converters and efficient SCR systems. To meet the high legal requirements in the future as well, Continental offers emission-relevant modules of the engine and exhaust system control unit, fuel injection technology, sensors, SCR systems and injectors, catalytic converters, filters, tanks, and hoses, and obviously software and engineering support. From 2019 onwards, additional particulate filters, combination filters with an SCR coating to remove the nitrogen oxide, will be provided for this purpose for Stage 5 of exhaust system cleaning as applicable for engines from 130 to 560 kW. Whether in construction or agricultural machines or cranes, manufacturers are equipping the cabins of their vehicles and machines with increasingly high-quality fittings and placing a growing emphasis on the highest possible level of comfort. The modular design of Continental’s driver workstation ensures an extremely flexible, user-friendly workstation with fittings that can be adapted for numerous applications and customer requirements. All switches are positioned within reach, while overhead switches can also be replaced by additional panels, if required. The cockpit fittings can therefore be as minimalist or as high-end as desired. Sleeve air springs also increase comfort in the driver’s seat. Surface materials for the interior of off-highway vehicles withstand the tough conditions of an average working day on a construction site or agricultural land. Particularly scratch-resistant materials and products with easy-to-clean soft-touch surfaces are available. The uniform ‘One Continental’ presence allows the company to draw attention to its overall portfolio. Now the customers have all the contacts for various applications in one place and can gain a clear overview of the broad range of products, extending from basic technologies to advanced solutions. Photographs: ContiTech, Continental www.contitech.de/index_en.html World of Industries 8/2016 29