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Dayco Partners With Maserati To Optimize Hybrid Technology

The Dayco side-arm tensioner is being produced on a new, dedicated assembly line equipped with Industry 4.0 technology.

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As a leading engine products and drive systems specialist for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, Dayco is not only considered a preferred solution provider for high-technology original equipment components around the world, but a strategic technical partner in the design and manufacture of complete systems.

A recent example of this role is demonstrated in the company’s relationship with Maserati, for which the Dayco team designed and manufactured a tailored solution for the complete BSG (Belt-integrated Starter Generator) hybrid system, also known as P0 Architecture, for the brand’s MHEV (Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle) engine, in its Ghibli Hybrid.

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“To achieve Maserati’s required objectives, each component of the hybrid system has been designed to the highest standards to maximize fuel savings, reduce CO2 emissions and increase the durability of the entire system,” said Dayco’s Vice President OE Sales and Business Development, Wouter Nijenhuis.

“This has been made possible through the compact design and use of optimized materials to produce the side-arm tensioner, the development of a new Poly-V Belt incorporating innovative materials and manufacturing processes to guarantee the best coefficient of friction during the lifetime of the engine. Finally, the addition of our new damper pulley, which has been specifically designed to protect the crankshaft of this powerful, MHEV engine.”

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Nijenhuis added that the Dayco side-arm tensioner is being produced on a new, dedicated assembly line, which is state-of-the-art for this type of product and equipped with Industry 4.0 technology. “Embracing the trend toward automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies and processes that is at its heart, the PLC computer control system utilizes artificial intelligence, inter-connected assembly machines and finally, features fully autonomous testing,” he added.

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