What's the challenge...
One major challenge for the engineers was the requirement that the system should be equally suitable for boats of all types, since Volvo Penta works exclusively with independent boat builders. In addition to being intuitive and offering a high level of safety, the system also had to be error-tolerant and easy to install.
Following the major interest aroused by the IPS drive system and the resultant high demand for it on the world market, Volvo Penta engineers, together with colleagues from other units of the Volvo Group, continued their intensive development work on the drive itself, as well as on various other accessories.
A ‘joystick’ for manoeuvring boats was introduced early in 2006 and has become one of the most appreciated products in the boating world in recent years. Autumn 2006 saw the launch of multiple installations of both three and four IPS units in large yachts. A special sport fishing function appeared in 2007 followed, in 2009, by the introduction of a large IPS drive offering even higher power.
Drawn from different Volvo Group companies, the five engineers that formed the DPS development team and award winners are:
- Lennart Arvidsson (project manager and transmission specialist, Volvo Penta, winner in 2005)
- Oddbjörn Hallenstvedt (transmission specialist, Volvo Powertrain, winner in 2005)
- Caroline Henriksson (system development and technical project manager, CPAC Systems)
- Anders Gunne (boat control algorithms, CPAC Systems)
- Marcus Brorsson (driveline control, CPAC Systems)