2023 DP Summit Award Winners: A Closer Look

Winners of the fifth annual Diesel Progress Summit Awards capped off an event that brought together industry leaders who shared their views on the “Technologies of Transition” with more than 200 delegates from around the country and the globe. Topics covered the advancements in the power industry stemming from the growing advent of new fuel types, such as hydrogen and biofuels, as well as electrification.

Gits Manufacturing’s Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve

As these new fuels and technologies come online, they are also driving the development and introduction of all-new powertrain technologies. The Diesel Progress Summit Awards celebrated these technologies, along with the companies and suppliers who help to bring them to market.

Following are the product award winners, selected by an independent panel of judges. The awards are broken out by category, with the recipient of the Achievement of the Year chosen from among the winning products. 

Engine Technology of the Year

Winner: Gits Manufacturing’s EGR and exhaust back-pressure valves

Gits Manufacturing’s Exhaust Back-pressure Valve

Gits developed its new-generation pre-validated hot side Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valves and Exhaust Back-pressure Valves (EBV) for diesel, gas and hydrogen internal combustion engines in the 9 L to 16 L range. In its submission, the company said: “With this new product we support our customers to comply [with] the latest emissions standards, reduce fuel consumption at the best TCO and shortest time to market. This is achieved through a new patented design for both types of valves by eliminating the link bar in the valve design and development of new solutions for cooling purposes. Creating a direct drive design eliminates linkage durability and accuracy concerns.”

The company noted that the design reduces the envelope size and mass of the valve, which makes it easier to fit the valve in the engine and reduces vibration loading on the system. In addition, the seal design has “market-leading” internal and external leakage rates.

In selecting the product as this year’s category winner, the judges commented: “It’s great to see this kind of innovation with the EGR, and that people are tackling one of the industry’s long-time problems.”

AGCO Power Core75 diesel engine
Engine of the Year

Winner: AGCO Power Core75 diesel engine

According to AGCO Power, its CORE75 is an all-new 250-kW 7.5-liter diesel unit optimized for today’s off-road use. The company commented: “Its features ensure versatile power – such as excellent torque in low rpm, responsive dynamics and an advanced emission control system.”

The wide range of torque with engine dynamics makes the CORE75 highly responsive, the company continued. It is designed to offer maximal torque (1,450 Nm) at 1,300 rpm instead of the more typical 1,500 rpm. “This low-speed concept enables the best fuel economy in the market today – 188 g/kWh – as well as lower noise level,” the company said.

The platform meets stringent emission standards and is prepared to fulfill future emissions requirements. “Fuel efficiency, long engine lifetime and HVO (up to 90% less GHG emissions) compatibility guarantee sustainable performance without compromise,” AGCO Power commented.

In making their selection, the judges described the engine as having “amazing low-end torque and fuel economy for the size of engine, which highlights the investment AGCO Power has put into the product line.”

Dana e-Driveline for compact construction vehicles
New Power Technology of the Year

Winner: Dana e-Driveline and e-Motion drivetrain solution

Through this new, fully electrified driveline, Dana said it offers a complete solution for the off-highway segment that helps OEMs to enhance the sustainability of their applications while improving energy efficiency and performance. “Leveraging deep knowledge and experience in mechanical and electric components integrated with controls software, Dana is delivering a complete, innovative and best-in-class drivetrain solution suitable for compact wheel loaders, electrified compact MEWPs, telehandlers and site dumpers,” the company wrote.

According to Dana, the complete system (motors, inverters, gearbox, axles, control software and ECU) has been developed to:

  • optimize vehicle productivity, reliability and safety;
  • enhance vehicle mobility through a compact package;
  • reduce maintenance costs;
  • and help safeguard the environment by reducing noise emissions and providing high system efficiency.

“These features are especially important for machines working in city centers and at construction sites that require zero emissions and noise around the clock,” the company added.

Commenting on Dana’s entry, the judges noted: “This product represents a comprehensive investment in an innovative system solution.”

Bobcat T7X all-electric compact track loader
Power Application of the Year

Winner: Bobcat T7X all-electric compact track loader

According to Bobcat, the T7X is “the world’s first (and only) all-electric compact track loader. This machine is a true catalyst in challenging the status quo of product design, productivity and sustainability in the industry.” The fully battery-powered unit eliminates all hydraulic components and emissions. Its 60.5-kWh lithium-ion battery can operate for roughly four hours, depending on the application.

“The state-of-the-art battery and powertrain system provide incredible performance characteristics. Furthermore, the battery and battery management system are programmed to sense when loads are increasing, automatically backing off power when not needed to preserve energy and runtime,” Bobcat said. “The innovative electric platform also means there are no fossil fuels consumed, no exhaust emissions are produced, and the machine generates little noise.”

The judges were highly impressed with the entry, stating, “The company’s commitment to go all electric to reduce noise makes this machine a wonderful addition to our world.”

Powertrain Product of the Year / Achievement of the Year

Winner: John Deere 8 Series eAutoPowr Electric Variable Transmission

The winner of both the Powertrain Product of the Year and the Achievement of the Year is the John Deere 8 Series eAutoPowr Electric Variable Transmission (EVT). The all-new EVT – offered for the company’s 8R, 8RX and 8RT Tractors rated 410 hp/443 peak power – is an electro-mechanical, split path, infinitely variable transmission that the company said is “a first for this class of tractor.”

John Deere 8 Series eAutoPowr Electric Variable Transmission

“The all-new EVT transmission for the 8R tractor was designed to meet the need for larger implements and high-speed farming which increases overall productivity. This transmission also provides a foundation to provide integrated electric offboard power for traction axles, pumps, fans, conveyors and seed metering drives,” the entry stated.

Benefits cited include efficiency, controllability, increased comfort, new diagnostic capabilities and maximum reliability through the use of solid-state power electronics and brushless electric motors.

The design leverages years of electric drive field experience from the company’s Construction division. It replaces a traditional hydrostatic drive with an electro-mechanical system that can also provide up to 100 kW of electrical power for implement use. This currently includes traction axles and fans, and in the future will include pumps, conveyors and seed metering drives.

“This will enable new levels of precision, automation, system efficiency, productivity and sustainability,” the company said.

Not only did the judges remark that “this was a fantastic presentation of a remarkably good product,” they went on to state: “The industry is moving toward equipment that is cleaner and quieter. We feel the John Deere entry best represents what is possible. It is a monumental development.”

KHL Group congratulates all this year’s winners and finalists. For the full list, click here.

For more information about this year’s event, including downloadable versions of the presentations, visit www.dieselprogresssummit.com.

Top companies recognized

In addition to recognizing top technology, the 2023 Diesel Progress Summit Awards also recognized three of the leading companies making significant strides in their business and operations.

Engine Power Inc.’s facility in Oconomowoc, Wis. (Photo: Joe Lichtenberg)
Engine Distributor of the Year – North America

Winner: Engine Power Inc., Oconomowoc, Wis.

In the nomination submitted, Engine Power Inc. was described as having shown “exceptional performance” in 2022 and early 2023, having “achieved a significant market expansion with record-breaking sales, powered by a dedicated team. Their commitment to world-class customer service is confirmed by high customer satisfaction ratings. Furthermore, they’ve innovatively expanded their services to meet market demands.”

The nominator specifically cited the advanced forecasting for inventory management employed by Engine Power Inc. as being particularly effective and essential in critical “unit down” situations. Under the leadership of Brian Paulin, president, Engine Power Inc. displayed “exceptional performance… amidst 2022 and early 2023 supply chain challenges,” the entry stated.

Commenting on the submission, the judges said: “It was good to see so much emphasis placed on forecasting, as that is a critical function today. If a distributor can’t get the engines on time, an OEM’s production line will be shut down.”

Assembly operations at Rama Motori, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Engine Distributor of the Year – International

Winner: Rama Motori, Reggio Emilia, Italy

The nomination for Rama Motori stated: “This Italian-based John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) distributor has been consistently in the top three distributors since it started with John Deere in 1993. In 2022-2023, its passion for its customers and for technology was as strong as ever, with expansion into new countries, backed by an investment in customization productivity, training and supply chain support.”

The submission covered a number of important attributes, including employee training. It stated: “When Rama Motori took over the Swiss region in 2022, it also became responsible for John Deere ViLT (Virtual Instructor-Led Training) trainings. The ViLT program is a mandatory part of the Service Technician Curriculum for all John Deere agricultural, construction and forestry equipment dealerships, as well as the Power Systems service channel. In 2023, Rama Motori has already given 32 ViLT trainings on seven different topics to over 450 people.”

The judges took notice, stating: “Training is crucial and Rama demonstrated a very strong footprint here.”

Will José Samperio (right), executive director and general manager, North America On-Highway, Cummins, with Chad Elmore, managing editor, Diesel Progress. (Photo: Eason Photography)

Employer of the Year

Winner: Cummins Inc.

In applying for Employer of the Year, Cummins pointed to its commitment “to creating an inclusive work environment in which all employees thrive, can reach their full potential and are connected to our purpose as well as one another.” This is achieved by investing in leadership and development opportunities and by creating work environments that “harness the diverse perspectives of employees to solve complex challenges.”

The company also strives to offer “competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefit programs designed to improve the physical, mental and financial wellness of our employees throughout their lifetime.” Among other things, this includes developing the Cummins Repower program to help professionals who left the workforce return through paid “returnships” that include coaching and development. The company has also made a commitment to being “world class” in health and safety, promoting an interdependent safety culture designed around reducing risk and returning all employees home safely every day.

In commenting on the entry, it was said: “Based on all they have achieved over the past 12 months, there was a very clear winner in this category.”


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