Danfoss Best Point Control software technology launches globally

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Danfoss Power Solutions has launched globally its Best Point Control (BPC) software technology. This new technology increases machine efficiency levels by detecting the required power for current operation conditions and automatically adjusts the engine speed to meet optimum efficiency points, and creates average fuel savings of up to 25%.

The global launch is to be followed by the release of Danfoss PLUS+1 Propel Application Library (PAL) in 2016.

As a PLUS+1 compliant software block, BPC offers plug-and-perform integration into existing work flows, reducing development time and shortening time to market, with an estimated four to eight weeks from quotation to prototype.

“Danfoss is proud to offer Best Point Control as the latest addition to the Danfoss portfolio of software blocks designed for seamless integration,” said Markus Plassmann, Danfoss product marketing manager for high-power closed-circuit products. “With Best Point Control, there is no longer a need to rely on operator skill level to get the most out of a machine and to achieve performance goals.”

In traditional hydrostatic transmissions, the operator uses a foot pedal to control engine speed. With BPC, the operator still controls the movement of the vehicle, but the software manages engine speed and hydrostatic ratio.

BPC is designed for multiple single-path application types such as a wheel loader, large forklift and reach stacker, a telehandler, forestry machine and a dumper, among others. The modular software approach supports an efficient human-machine interface (HMI) integration (drive pedals, joysticks, mode switches, etc), as well as an integration of various gearbox solutions.

Danfoss BPC software technology provides greater efficiency through intelligent engine control and creates a variety of user benefits, including:

• Providing average fuel savings of up to 25% depending on the application type, duty cycle and system configuration. BPC delivers fuel savings at almost every operating point, including transport driving, acceleration, deceleration and work tasks.

• Getting the most work out of engines as the ultra-efficient use of power for each task frees up installed engine power to operate other subsystems, such as work functions, fan drive, steering and more. This also has the potential to reduce OEM costs, and help with Tier IV and eventually Tier V compliance by allowing for engine downsizing.

• Increasing driver comfort and productivity. In microseconds, BPC determines the lowest possible engine speed to accomplish any task and takes the burden of controlling engine speed off operators, therefore reducing fatigue and increasing focus on tasks and steering.

• Decreasing disruption to the work area by keeping engine work at the appropriate level for every task and reducing overall noise and emissions. Lower engine noise is easier on the operator and also critical when working on sites that have noise restrictions, such as residential areas.

November 20, 2015

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