Electrohydraulic steering evolution

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

50 years of steering innovation

Danfoss began producing hydrostatic steering units back in the 1960s. Since then we have introduced many new variants, adapting to both market and regulatory needs.

In early 2000, Danfoss developed the first generation of electrohydraulic steering products to fit a wide range of machine types. With GPS automatic steering, variable steering ratio and joystick steering, we made it possible to help customers increase their productivity and comfort.

In 2016, Danfoss has been promoting our second generation of electrohydraulic steering components for some time now. We have optimized it and added new features for intelligence and safety to meet the market’s demand. The Danfoss OSPE PVED-CLS electrohydraulic actuator is the first intelligent steering sub-system to integrate all safety functionality in the valve. Safety functions are designed to SIL2 (IEC 61508), PL d (ISO 13849) and AgPL “d” (EN 16590).

Many new products are underway to further meet our customers’ demands or strengthen our existing portfolio – from basic hydraulic steering units to adaptations for higher road speed, electrohydraulics or full SBW solutions where the steering column can be removed to optimize vehicle design.