Technology



Technology


Weight Reduction
AM General employs a structured system engineering process in which weight reduction initiatives are performed to provide the optimum design solutions for greater payload-to-platform weight ratios.

Our experience and knowledge, combined with state-of-the-art modeling and simulations, help us develop solutions consistent with the customer’s objectives. This is followed by comprehensive and rigorous component, sub-system and system validation testing to confirm product performance and simulation accuracy.

In addition to systems tests, we also leverage the latest innovative products, materials and process to maximize weight reduction initiatives. AM General's focus on continuous improvement through system engineering processes will provide our customers products efficiency benefits into the future.
 
Autonomy
AM General is actively involved in several projects that will demonstrate autonomous vehicle technology for both commercial and military applications. In partnership with industry and academia, AM General has participated in demonstrations and challenges to highlight our capabilities. Current development activities are centered on the electrification of sub-systems (brakes, steering, HVAC) to allow full autonomous controlled operation.
 
Areas of Development:

Robotic Operating Systems Automated Weapons Operations


Active Drive Assist



Leader / Follower Autonomous Convoys


Manned / Unmanned Teaming


Semi-Active Suspension — Long-Travel
The maximum safe speed at which a vehicle can negotiate terrain affects the way a suspension system is able to react to various conditions. AM General is developing a long travel suspension with semi-active dampening which can accommodate greater profile terrain and adjust to varying speed inputs. With our enhancements, users can improve cross-country performance and speed over their intended course.
 

Powertrain


General Engine Products (GEP), a wholly owned subsidiary of AM General, manufactures powertrain and drivetrain components to support AM General vehicle platforms and for the commercial, military and industrial markets.

The GEP assembly facility located in Franklin, Ohio manufactures engines and transmissions in a 92,000 square-foot assembly plant. A dedicated technical staff of engineers and support personnel are assigned to provide manufacturing support for the current product production. The engineering staff supporting these products are also engaged in introducing product improvements through design and technology insertion in current production components and developing new products. The GEP Engineering staff has a number of active projects, one of which involves developing a 6-speed heavy duty transmission that will provide a 15% fuel savings to our customers.

Also, the team is developing a new fuel delivery and head design for a diesel engine providing better performance, efficiency and emissions. The GEP engineering development team is skilled and experienced at understanding and providing solutions to our customers demanding requirements.