Oshkosh Corporation – The Toughest Vehicles on Any Terrain
Oshkosh is an American manufacture of specialty trucks, military vehicles, and access equipment. They were founded in 1917 to build the first sever-duty four-wheel-drive truck. The first four-wheel-drive truck named Old Betsy is still owned by Oshkosh Corporation. Based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the company employs around 12,300 people and earned about $8.18 billion in revenue for the 2012 fiscal year.The Oshkosh Access Equipment division produces a variety of boom lifts including: Articulating boom lifts, electric boom lifts, mast-style boom lifts, towable boom lifts, telescopic boom lifts, scissor lifts, vertical personnel lifts, and L trailers.
The fire and emergency division produces commercial fire apparatus for example pumpers, tankers, and aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles. Also, the emergency division has a line of snow plows under H-series and P-series. The commercial division produces front, rear and side loaders. They also produce standard, bridgemaster, and sms sliding mixers as well as truck mounted crane systems. The defense division of Oshkosh is their largest division. This division develops medium tactical vehicles, heavy army recovery vehicles, heavy expanded mobility tactical truck, logistics vehicle systems, MRAP all-terrain vehicle, sand cat, tactical firefighting truck, and packhorse trailer system. The division is responsible for a number of innovations in the industry. The ProPulse is a hybrid propulsion system for heavy trucks. The system improves fuel economy and reduces emissions but the most notable feature is the on-board AC generator that has enough output to power an entire airfield or hospital. The system has no batteries instead it uses the diesel engine to power an electric generator. The power from the electric motor powers the wheels directly, eliminating the need for a transmission, torque converter, and drive shafts. Another revolutionary system developed by Oshkosh is their TAK-4 independent suspension.
The system improves off-road mobility by providing 16 inches of wheel travel. Originally developed for off-road military vehicles the TAK-4 is now used on all Oshkosh medium-payload tactical trucks
and ARFF vehicles. The next generation of the TAK-4, TAK-4i, features 20 inches of wheel travel as well as height adjustable suspension and a single reduction axle. For high risk situations Oshkosh has the developed the TerraMax vehicle system. The TerraMax is an unmanned ground vehicle. The TerraMax kit uses autonomous navigation and is designed for any tactical wheeled vehicle. The system accurately tracks the vehicle using novel registration techniques allowing the vehicle to navigate without relying on the continuous tracking of a lead vehicle or GPS signal. Once equipped any vehicles is capable of objective independent navigation. ASAP Semiconductor offers a wide range of parts from Oshkosh Corporation
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Posted on November 28, 2014