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OXE Diesel, modular design for commercial marine market
The idea behind the design
When starting the OXE Diesel project the mission was to design high performance diesel outboards, built for the commercial users. The idea was to combine inboard reliability and diesel torque with the flexibility and replaceability of an outboard unit.
From an early stage the keywords were endurance, reliability, performance and control. These words became embedded in the development and thereby into the OXE Diesel. The result is the modular design of the OXE Diesel products.
Combining a modular layout with proven technologies (engine, gearbox, belt systems) has created an extremely durable product that is easy to work with both from a users and mechanics perspective.
The patented belt technology enabled the team to design a robust outboard unit that effectively transfers high torque from automotive or industrial diesel engines to the propeller with minimal transfer loss.
From decades of experience within diesel engines and transmissions the team aimed for quality and state-of-the-art design. This, together with leading Swedish manufacturers from the Marine, Automotive, Commercial and Aeronautical industry, has given the OXE Diesel a winning concept.
- Use of horizontal automotive diesel engine with a proven design
- Belt transmission from engine to gearbox with interchangeable gear ratio
- Use of electro-hydraulically controlled gearbox
- Patented high torque belt drive
- Directly replaceable with outboard units in the same power range
Each part has its place
The diesel engine on the OXE Diesel is mounted horizontally; the power is then transferred to the gearbox through a primary belt. From the gearbox output a second belt transfers the power to the propeller shaft.
The engine is mounted on the adapter plate with four robust anti-vibration mountings to allow the unit to endure punishing commercial use and also to be quickly and easily replaced.
By using a modular design, the OXE has been built from the ground up with proven conventional technology.
All parts are easy to access and can be changed without having to disassemble the whole unit. Each part has its place.