WINNER: Spicer AdvanTEK Axle System
2019 - PACE Award Winner
What: Dana takes a different approach to axle innovation
Innovation: Dana engineers flipped the usual process of creating an axle and then testing lubricants to find the lightest oil. Instead, Dana developed the AdvanTek axle by creating the ideal low-viscosity oil, then designing the axle to be compatible. The result is a potential 2 percent fuel economy gain from an axle that is 30 percent more efficient with reduced parasitic losses than competitor products.
First Customer: Ford
Judge's Citation: Dana's Ultra-Efficient Spicer AdvanTEK axle system achieves the highest efficiency marks of any automotive axle system in the market. The system was designed to reduce energy losses related to oil churning and bearing friction. Dana used an ultralow viscosity lubricant and designed the axle components around the lubricant without trade-offs for durability or noise, vibration, and harshness performance. The result? Dana's axle system achieves a 30 percent reduction in energy loss compared with best-in-class competitive products.
Web site: dana.com