Kongsberg is a global leader in the truck and bus industry with a strong history of more than 60 years of ground-breaking developments. The company, which started out in the defence and weaponry industry in Norway, began manufacturing brakes and shafts for Volvo truck in the late 1950s.
Building on its strengths, the company now generates 75% of its revenue from the manufacture of original equipment (OE) for vehicles. Kongsberg has built its reputation on reliable and quality products by providing parts for Volvo, Mercedes and Scania trucks and buses. The company also provides OEM and high-quality aftermarket parts for European trucks.
In 1975, Kongsberg launched the clutch servo product family to complement their line of truck clutches. In order to understand the function of a clutch servo, it is essential to review how the conventional clutch works.
How Do Clutches Work
Vehicles move when the wheels respond to motion generated by the engine. You determine the truck’s motion and speed by controlling the engine’s torque and engaging the transmission gears. When the truck is on, the engine is always spinning whether the car is in motion or not. The clutch comes in when you want to separate the operations of the wheels and the engine. This is necessary under the following circumstances.
- Moving off from a stationary position
- Shifting Gears Up or Down
- Stopping the truck without switching off the engine
- Controlling the truck at low speeds
A clutch system is a collection of mechanical devices that connects the engine and wheels in a truck. The clutch connects and separates two power transmission shafts; a crankshaft from the engine and a driveshaft to the wheels. When the clutch is engaged, the two shafts are linked together and the wheels can move in response to the engine’s motion.
In the situation where you need to stop the truck without switching off the engine, you need to disconnect these shafts so the engine spins freely. However, the actual process of the clutch is more intricate, especially when dealing with heavy-duty trucks and buses.
The clutch servo is a device that is added to the clutch system of a truck to improve its performance. A clutch servo is a hydraulic system that incorporates the use of an air tank to decrease the force required to operate the clutch pedal. The handling precision increases, which simplifies the driver experience. Benefits you can expect from a Kongsberg clutch servo include
- Advanced corrosion and wear resistance
- Light monoblock aluminium housing
Since truck operators are exposed to a wide variety of conditions and load types, Kongsberg has several additional features you can install according to your requirements. For example, you can have a modified exhaust solution so that there is no damage if the servo is submerged. You can also have linear position sensors and visual wear indicators for better monitoring of clutch wear.
Kongsberg is continuously improving the components that go into your truck. If your fleet consists of Scania or Volvo trucks, Kongbergs clutches and aftermarket parts will be a perfect fit. Apart from clutches, the company manufactures top of the line filters, engine parts, fuel and exhaust systems, electrical systems and many other essential truck components.