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The change remains

November 2023

In view of the current challenges, how can transport and logistics remain competitive in the future? Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar provided some exciting impulses at the Wiehl Forum of BPW Bergische Achsen and explained how companies should react to the most important influencing factors.

90 per cent automation, 10 per cent human

November 2023

Autonomous driving is considered a recipe for success against driver shortages, for climate protection and efficiency. At the Wiehl Forum of BPW Bergische Achsen KG, Hendrik Kramer from Fernride presented how his company plans to bring autonomous electric trucks onto the road in the near future.

The precision of Predictive Maintenance

June 2023

How precisely can Predictive Maintenance predict when a vehicle needs to go to the garage? Benjamin Adrian, Deputy Head of the System Analysis, Prognosis and Control department at the Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik ITWM in Kaiserslautern, is researching this topic. In this interview, he explains how precisely the optimal time for predictive maintenance can and should be calculated.

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Idle kilometres saved by the Bavarian-Shuttle

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The recuperation axle of the future

July 2023

In the "RekuTrAx" research project, BPW is collaborating on a recuperation axle module of tomorrow that promotes CO₂ savings and sustainable transport: universities and industry partners are jointly designing a future version of the ePower electric axle module.

Trailer refrigeration without direct emissions

April 2022

The requirements for low-emission and quiet transport, particularly in inner-city logistics, are increasing. An efficient, autonomously driven trailer refrigeration solution from collaboration partners Thermo King and BPW is designed to sustainably improve the ecological balance. Field trials are currently underway and series production is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Study: E-trucks lead the way in terms of cost efficiency

August 2021

Which technology is winning the race when it comes to zero emissions in the commercial vehicle sector? According to a recent study by the non-governmental organisation Transport & Environment, battery-electric long-haul trucks and trolley trucks come out on top in a comparison of total cost of ownership.

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“Don’t put up with everything!”

April 2023

Many truck drivers work in difficult conditions. Juan Pedro Garcia Rosales, who has been in the profession himself for three decades, is a strong advocate for his colleagues - through his work in associations and interest groups, but also on a personal level.

Regular meetings for professional drivers

March 2023

Truck drivers from across Germany meet at the regular long-distance drivers' meetings held by the police to discuss ideas and find out what is new. Chief police commissioner Andrea Möller is on the ball in Winsen (Luhe) - she is committed to gaining more appreciation for vehicle drivers and better working conditions.

Woman fights for more truck parking spaces

March 2023

Anna Kuzynin tackles grievances in the transport industry head-on – both professionally and voluntarily. Since the shortage of parking spaces makes work extremely difficult for truck drivers, she is now campaigning for more truck parking spaces as Key Account Manager at KRAVAG Truck Parking.

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This four-link tanker can hold a whole 158,000 litres of diesel: As much liquid as five standard tankers - or 210,000 bottles of wine.

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BPW's best

Clamped, not screwed: the BPW cast trailing arm axle has set standards

November 2023

Just as robust as the previous version, but at the same time less complex and much lighter: the BPW cast trailing arm axle was introduced in 2012 and paved the way for the current generation of running gear with a new material and manufacturing concept. This was preceded by a development process that took several years.

Heavy transport through the desert

October 2023

Extreme conditions such as intense heat and rough terrain place great demands on transport vehicles, and especially on their running gear: with the help of BPW axles, low-loader manufacturer Faymonville designs robust, stable trailers that safely transport loads such as this 150 tonne tank over unpaved roads to their destination. This article is part of a series on exceptional transport operations on BPW axles over the past 125 years. Episode 4: Desert transports!

Wind vane transport: “Everything but standard”

October 2023

P. Schwandner Logistik + Transport GmbH specialises in the transport of vanes for wind turbines. In early 2023, the company brought nine of these extremely heavy and long loads to a wind farm in Thuringia. As with any form of transport of this kind, this was an exciting challenge with regard to people, technology and expertise. This article is part of a series on exceptional transport operations on BPW axles over the past 125 years. Episode 3: Wind turbine blades!