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Design & Manufacture

At Truck Hydraulics we provide our customers with a full engineering solution from specification through to manufacture. Current 3D CAD design software is utilised alongside bespoke industry loading and configuration software to aid the design and verification of your project prior to manufacture. By allowing this process to occur early in the project life cycle, we can ensure all aspects of your specification are captured by 3D modelling, simulation and visualisation of your project. Combining these powerful tools with over 14 years total experience in vehicle crane installation and body design, Truck Hydraulics delivers a quality product on time, to budget and to specification.

Customer benefits of CAD design:

  • Reduced manufacturing time
  • Accurate manufacturing leading to a robust product
  • Product visualisation
  • Kinematic simulation
  • Finite element analysis, stress analysis simulation leading to product optimisation and reduced cost of ownership.

The data created from the design process is exported to CNC and laser profile manufacturing machinery to make the individual components for your project.  This manufacturing method affords greatest manufacturing accuracy and shortest lead times for our customers.


Simulation Techniques for Vehicle Optimisation

FEA stress simulation is used to optimise vehicle sub-frame design for robustness and also to validate new designs.  Maximum compression and tensile stress are shown along with strain values within the structure.

By using advanced simulation techniques, weight can be saved from our crane and body installations, whilst maintaining strength, and therefore reduce cost of ownership of the vehicle.  Less weight = less fuel used.


Reduced cost of ownership

Approximate figures, an extra 1,000 kg in weight, either as dead weight or as load, adds some 0.7 l/100 km in fuel consumption for a truck-trailer combination during highway driving. During dynamic urban driving the comparable value is some 2 l/100 km per 1,000 kg.


If 1Kg = 0.0007 l/100Km for highway and 0.002 l/100Km for urban, then assuming a truck does 100,000km per year then each 100Kg in saving weight equates to between 70 litres and 200 litres per year depending upon a mixture of highway and urban driving. Small numbers maybe but they'll soon add up for fleet operators.  Given diesel is approximately £1.50 per litre, then each 100Kg in dead weight saving equates to between £105 and £300 per year.

Case Study

A fleet operator of 15 trucks has a crane and body installation designed for optimised weight which gives a weight saving of 400Kg per tuck and each truck does an average of 100,000Km per year, each truck could save between £400 to £1200 in fuel annually. So for the fleet of 15 vehicles savings would be between £6000 to £18000 per year, depending upon the drive cycle of the trucks.