Meritor mobile lab takes testing to the field

Meritor mobile lab takes testing to the field


Meritor’s Vehicle Dynamics Mobile Laboratory allows testing of critical components in the field. The lab trailer is traveling throughout North America, showcasing the company’s products and capabilities.

The trailer tests:

  • SmarTandem axle, tire inflation systems and drum and air disc brake development;
  • Adaptive damping systems for off-highway seats, as well as bus and fire truck suspensions;
  • The ProTec high mobility independent suspension (HMIS), adaptive damping systems, tire inflation systems and suspension height control.

“Meritor’s remote testing capabilities are critical to product development,” said Tim Burns, vice president and general manager, defense & specialty, Meritor. “The lab allows us to provide on-site support at U.S. government and independent test sites across North America. The lab’s vehicle test data acquisition capability reduces development time by allowing immediate optimization of ride and handling characteristics so we can tune the products to best fit real-world environments.”

The laboratory is outfitted with advanced chassis development equipment including two shock dynamometers, a 50-ton press, coil spring compressor for oversized military high-rate springs, a large wet bench and alignment equipment. It also has video equipment for documentation and is connected directly to the company’s Development Center in Troy, MI, through a wireless network.

“This direct link allows data transmission back and forth for additional analysis by the vehicle dynamics and controls teams. The information is correlated on the full vehicle simulator in the Troy test lab, which further proves product performance and capabilities,” said Simon Dean, senior director, advanced engineering & electronics, Meritor. “Combined with our technical expertise in Troy, the lab’s vehicle test data acquisition capability allows us to deliver the most advanced products with world-class quality while meeting the needs of our customers.”

The mobile lab was honored by Fleet Owner in its June issue with a “Special Mention” in the 2012 Vehicle Graphics Awards.

To see all of the 2012 Vehicle Graphics Awards winners, click here.

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