Schaeffler says its electro-mechanical active roll control has entered volume production, replacing the previous standard hydraulic stabilisers, which minimise rolling motion of the vehicle body when going around curves or during evasive manoeuvres.
The supplier also claims the technology also makes it possible to effectively prevent any yawing of the vehicle. The design, now introduced by Schaeffler as an electromechanical system, helps to reduce fuel consumption and emissions as well as make vehicle assembly more straightforward.
“With the world’s first electromechanical active roll control, Schaeffler is expanding its range of electromechanical actuators, which make significant contributions with respect to performance capacity and efficiency for cars,” said Schaeffler CTO and board member, Peter Gutzmer.
The technology uses control solutions from Continental, responsible for the ECU (electronic control unit), engine control system, and software platform.
“With our electronic control system, we are helping to defuse the conflict of objectives between comfort and handling when designing the chassis,” said Continental Division Chassis & Safety, vehicle dynamics business unit manager, Felix Bietenbeck.
“The rolling motion of the vehicle when going around curves is reduced, which at the same time increases driving safety, driving dynamics, and comfort.”
To launch volume production for the new system, Schaeffler has built new production facilities at its Schweinfurt location.
The individual systems have a modular design, making it possible to integrate other volume production launches.