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Tenneco and Sturman Announce Agreement on Digital Valve Technology

Posted on 2/8/2014 by Administrator Account

Tenneco, Inc. and Sturman Industries, Inc. today announced that Tenneco has acquired exclusive rights to the digital valve technology used in Tenneco’s DRiV™ suspension products, which was previously licensed from Sturman. DRiV™ is a suspension system designed by Tenneco featuring electronically controlled dampers with hydraulic valves for use in automotive, light and heavy-duty trucks, off-road equipment, locomotives, and other vehicle damping applications.

Tenneco and Sturman Announce Agreement on Digital Valve Technology

Affordable “Smart Valve” for use in Electronic Vehicle Suspension Systems

Tenneco, Inc. (NYSE: TEN) and Sturman Industries, Inc. today announced that Tenneco has acquired exclusive rights to the digital valve technology used in Tenneco’s DRiV™ suspension products, which was previously licensed from Sturman.   DRiV™ is a suspension system designed by Tenneco featuring electronically controlled dampers with hydraulic valves for use in automotive, light and heavy-duty trucks, off-road equipment, locomotives, and other vehicle damping applications.

“DRiV™ is an exciting part of Tenneco’s portfolio of advanced ride control technologies,” said Tim Jackson, Chief Technology Officer, Tenneco.  “The advanced digital valve technology helps make the benefits of electronic suspensions more affordable for a wide variety of applications including B and C segment vehicle models, which represent more than 50 percent of cars and light vehicles produced every year.”

Electronically controlled suspension systems deliver the ideal blend of ride comfort and handling by continuously adjusting a vehicle’s dampers based on road conditions and vehicle dynamics such as speed, turning, cornering and driver inputs.  DRiV™ offers many of the benefits of adjustable dampers without requiring an external dedicated electronic control unit (ECU).  The system features an internal valve with the electronics integrated in the damper, providing a compact, lightweight, and low-power solution.

 “Sturman is pleased with the benefits our controls implementation brought to the Tenneco DRiV™ suspension system.  It’s a good example of the performance and cost advantage our advanced digital valves and control system strategies can bring to applications,” said Carol Sturman, President of Sturman Industries.

About Tenneco

Tenneco is an $8 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 26,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer. 

About Sturman

Sturman is a leader in the design and implementation of superior process controls and related system design, accomplished by applying proprietary and practical digital and binary strategies.  Designs integrate the advantages of miniaturization, flexibility and ultra-fast response by combining intelligent electronics and unique software strategies with efficient magnetics and powerful micro-hydraulics.  Sturman specializes in modernizing systems to meet industry and environmental demands, and works with organizations globally that wish to take advantage of Sturman advanced controls.

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Realizing the need for better products to help protect the environment and save natural resources, Carol & Eddie in 1989, formed Sturman Industries. With the new company and growing team bringing advancements to commercial and industrial applications... [ read more ]
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