Developing future-proof transmissions
Near Brugge lies a hub of technical excellence powering some of the biggest and most iconic vehicles and machines in the world. Here, more than 600 talented Dana professionals operate across 32,000 square meters of floorspace delivering transmission engineering expertise at scale. What makes this place very special is that everything happens under one roof.
The one-stop shop for transmission solutions in construction, material handling, and mining equipment
From the very first lines that we draw at concept, design and development to testing and manufacturing engineering production. From assembly and end-of-line testing to shipping, sales and customer service. Dana is the ultimate one-stop shop for transmission solutions. The Brugge team supports customers with transmission solutions for construction, material handling, and mining equipment, as well as system integration and software solutions for conventional and electrified drivelines across Dana’s global markets. Essentially, this means the best of both worlds, operating across two fronts from Belgium:
- As a production facility spanning the entire product lifecycle, from purchasing and product service to launching transmission systems in the global market.
- A technology center hub that serves the global Dana portfolio of mechatronics and electrification solutions and is also responsible for heavy-duty transmission engineering.
Pioneering the zero-emissions future
Dana has a guiding vision toward a zero-emissions future. That’s how Dana approaches Electric-Vehicle Systems and Electrodynamic Products. It’s at the heart of everything they do and why they’ve been supporting their customer’s e-propulsion journey for decades.
“This means pioneering efficient electric vehicle systems, shaping market trends, and fast-tracking new electrodynamic products”, says Bjorn De Cloet, a consultant from Verhaert On-site Consulting at Dana, “This project in Brugge on the Spicer Electrified™ eSP502 e-Powershift transmission is a great example of how the team powers innovation to move our world. The eSP502 maximizes efficiency and flexibility across a multitude of construction, mining, and material-handling applications.”
In developing the transmission over the last two years, the team collaborated to anticipate every step of the innovation journey through advanced engineering, product development and support, and business expansion. The team also received the Drivetrain Component of the Year 2020 award for the Spicer® TE50 powershift transmission which was designed and produced in Brugge. The TE50, developed for large load haul dumpers, trucks used in underground mining, as well as wheel loaders, was co-engineered with customers to advance superior performance and efficiencies as well as smoother shifting, more precise vehicle handling, and optimized braking. Some of the project milestones are:
- The delivery of a Danobat grinding machine on a special foundation
- Bringing the Hobbing machines from the US to Brugge
- Insert a Liebherr Hobbing machine, resulting in moving a lot of other machines
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- Competence: Mechanics
- Client: Dana