THE GREEN HEART OF THE TURIN TESTING CENTER
FPT Industrial's Turin Testing Center has created a "green factory" which has increased the energy efficiency of processes and reduced CO2 emissions. The theme of "innovation" continues as a driving factor.
The Turin Testing Center is considered a global reference point for the development and certification of engines and after-treatment systems, as well as the development of axles and transmissions for both CNH Industrial sister brands and our customers worldwide. Since 2014, renewal processes centered on experimentation and improvement have led radical change to result in zero environmental impact.
This renovation involved the entire location, which covers an area of 28,000 square meters (over 30,000 square feet), and encases an environment where nearly 400 people are employed, including engineers, specialized technicians and other professionals. In recent years, the Turin Testing Center features new test cells, custom developed for physical road testing. Today, the area has a total of 90 test cells.
For example, the climatic-barometer test cell boasts a groundbreaking instrumentation and control system: here you can set and reproduce weather-climatic parameters from -35 to +40 Celsius degrees (-36 to +104 degrees Farenheit) and simulate altitude conditions that can vary from sea level to 4,000 meters (over 13,000 feet) of altitude.
Other flagships cells are dedicated to the development of hybrid light vehicles equipped with a "battery simulator". Also, there is a "tilting" cell, in which engines with maximum 45 degree inclinations are tested on all axes to simulate special applications such as agricultural, marine and quarrying.
Focus on sustainability and consumption also involves working environments with maintenance and renewal interventions within the buildings. In all areas, lighting systems have been converted to LED with control management systems, and concentrated thermodynamic solar plants - such as Trinum - have been introduced. This produces electricity and hot water throughout the building, with an important saving on water consumption.
Overall, it is the mindset of evolving change and drive for continuous improvement that is most impactful.
Thanks to all these activities FPT Industrial's "green heart" during 2016 was able to self-produce energy for over 2,700,000 kWh.