In an industry such as the commercial vehicle sector, where technology is continually changing and new challenges need to be met and solutions found to meet safety requirements, it is vitally important that manufacturers are able to rely on their suppliers to provide them with high quality products that provide great technical performance. This is especially true for designers and manufacturers of steering systems and components.
You need to be able to trust that the steering system manufacturer that you have chosen to provide these critical parts understands the complexities of the commercial vehicle and will provide you with a safe, reliable and robust system.
It is important for all vehicle manufacturers that the steering system is 100% safe and provides a great response from the driver’s hand to the road wheel. This becomes even more of a challenge when the vehicle is required to work on harsh terrain.
There are several processes to making the perfect steering system, which include:
- Meeting your requirements with expert design
Skilled design engineers will work closely with production engineers and the customer to design a purpose-made steering system that meets the exact specifications of each individual vehicle.
Every commercial vehicle is different and will have its own requirements. A construction vehicle will require more robust handling, whereas an ambulance will require safe, smooth handling at high speeds. Design engineers will know each vehicle inside and out and will know what works on what vehicle and what doesn’t.
When the design has been approved, a full-scale prototype will be engineered to ensure that the product is what both the design team and the customer envisioned. With modern machinery, it is now possible to produce a prototype in a matter of hours, saving a lot of time and money.
- Research and Development to help with future advancements
With their knowledge of the industry, the research and development team will work with customers to create a steering solution which can both solve problems and help improve the vehicle’s performance. From issues such as weight reduction, introducing less expensive materials, or helping meet safety regulations, they will know just how to get the best out of the steering system for a particular vehicle.
There are many demands placed on commercial vehicle manufacturers, and working with experts to develop a steering solution that answers these demands will enable you to keep pace with, or even ahead of, the developments in the sector.