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With the Volvo FH as Demo Truck, Continental demonstrated the wide range of components that they could supply for a modern truck.
At this year’s 67th International Motor Show (IAA) for Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, technology company Continental presented a demo vehicle from Volvo Trucks called ‘Mjölner’, named after the hammer of the Norse god, Thor.
Klaus Kreipe, head of Truck Tires Original Equipment at Continental, says: “Continental produces many more components for trucks than just tyres or tyre-pressure monitoring systems. With this demo vehicle, we want to demonstrate the wide range of components that we could supply for a modern truck.”
The demo truck was based on a Volvo FH 6x2 and painted in the Continental colours: black and yellow. Besides the tyres, other components supplied by Continental, such as the air springs and hoses, were also highlighted in colour. In the driver's cab, the new ContiConnect driver app was installed in a TomTom PRO 8275 Driver Terminal. This app allows the driver to monitor tyre pressure and temperature and could be integrated into existing telematics systems or used via the driver's smartphone. This means that the new digital solution replaces the separate display previously required. The well-established ContiPressureCheck tyre-pressure monitoring system supplies the tyre data.
In ‘Mjölner’, Continental demonstrated how its components were designed to cope with the extremely high level of waste heat generated by Euro 6 engines: The sleeve air springs for the cab suspension are temperature-resistant and special heat covers protect the air springs on the front axle. Another special feature of the air springs is the special powder coating on the surface of the metal components.
In addition, pistons and bead plates could be supplied that match the colour of the truck frame. There was also the company’s comprehensive expertise regarding the management of media in the truck – from oil for the hydraulic power steering system and refrigerant lines to compressed air for the brakes. Highly temperature-resistant solutions for the optimum transportation of oil, air containing oil and pure air for use in compressors were also installed in the truck. For the vehicle interior, the technology company supplied high-quality surface materials for various components – from the instrument panel and door panel to the luggage rack.
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