Spec'ing the proper suspension support

Spec’ing the proper suspension support

Air springs
Manufacturers of air springs for OEM and aftermarket use are also refining products to improve ride quality for cargo and equipment and, importantly, for drivers. Another result of a smoother ride is reduced maintenance costs.Firestone-Spring

Firestone Industrial Products provides its Airide Integrated Primary Air-Damping System, which it says is often lighter than a hydraulic damper and eliminates the need for damper brackets and hardware. The company’s Primary Air-Damping spring offers a full-load range, and in testing according to the company has shown a reduction in the transmission and frequency of vibration when compared to traditional air spring/shock absorber or air spring/hydraulic damper configurations.

ContiTech Air Spring Systems for commercial vehicles—offered in ContiTech and Phoenix brands for the air spring replacement market—are based on the company’s experience as an original equipment manufacturer. In heavy commercial vehicles, air suspension systems from ContiTech offer a quiet and smooth drive, according to the manufacturer. Even under heavy loads, they effectively counteract jolts and reduce vibrations, ContiTech stated. Sleeve-type air springs in driver cabs and seats minimize the stress on the driver and enhance comfort.

ContiTech also offers original air springs developed for original equipment that meet the highest quality standards demanded by vehicle manufacturers to the replacement parts market.

Design impacts
Also driving some air suspension design, is the federal Bridge Formula, which limits the weight-to-length ratio of a vehicle crossing a bridge, and provides a consistent way to determine the maximum allowable weight that any set of axles on a vehicle may carry on the Interstate highway system. Also, to meet state and provincial requirements from a suspension Conti-Techsystem design standpoint, the main considerations are capacity and axle spacing. Bridge laws don’t differentiate by suspension design or type but by working directly with OEMs, suspension system providers help determine which product is best suited to each configuration and application. Overall, air suspension manufacturers remain focused on stability, ride quality, weight savings and cost effectiveness.

You May Also Like

Scania opens orders for autonomous mining trucks

Scania’s 40-tonne autonomous heavy tipper for mining available to order, and the 50-tonne model to follow shortly afterwards.

Scania-autonomous-mining-truck

Scania announced that it has begun selling autonomous mining trucks, with s 40-tonne autonomous heavy tipper for mining available to order, and the 50-tonne model to follow shortly afterwards.

Sales of Scania autonomous mining solutions will start in Australia, with first deliveries and start of operation scheduled from 2026. Scania believes the next market will likely be Latin America, a region where it has significant market presence in the mining segment. 

Freightliner M2, SD Plus Series launch updates its medium-duty truck offering

Freightliner introduced the new Plus Series–enhanced versions of its M2 and SD models, including the M2 106 Plus, M2 112 Plus, 108SD Plus, and 114SD Plus. The enhanced models provide a major update to the interior and electrical systems of the M2 and SD models. The OEM noted that the Plus Series is designed to

Freightliner-MD-SD-Plus-Series-1400
Truck cruise control technology that looks at the road ahead

If you’ve ever visited the Northeast region of the country, you’ve most likely encountered intimidating terrain. The winding roads. The steep hills. The intricate routes that challenge any seasoned driver, and, most recently, advanced cruise control systems that aim to improve fuel efficiency and driver comfort.   Related Articles – Four ways A.I. can help cut

Four ways A.I. can help cut diesel fuel costs

The fluctuation of fuel prices has made it more challenging to operate day-to-day. Drivers get paid by the mile, and, when fuel costs go up, margins shrink, impacting how fleets profit and pay their employees. Intelligent technology can lessen the impact of high prices by improving overall fuel efficiency. Related Articles – New ways to

trucking-technology-hacking
Peterbilt GM Jason Skoog charts today’s truck support, tomorrow’s truck solutions

Peterbilt made headlines recently when it became the first major North American OEM to open orders for an electric truck, the Peterbilt 220EV. In this exclusive interview, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President Jason Skoog details the technology investments that are keeping fleets productive during this year’s trying pandemic and laying the groundwork for

Peterbilt General Manager PACCAR Technology Electric Truck

Other Posts

FTR: Truck orders exceed recent trends in May; vocational sales stand out

Not only are orders up m/m and y/y, FTR said this level is above recent demand trends and 2% above the average for May over the past decade.

FTR-May-Preliminary-Class-8-orders
Freightliner’s Backup Alert System available for Plus Series trucks

The Backup Alert System is available to order for Freightliner Plus series trucks. Deliveries are expected to begin in summer 2024.

Freightliner-backup-alert-system-1
PACCAR MX-13 CARB compliant engine available in Peterbilt 579, 567, 589

The PACCAR MX-13 diesel engine meets the CARB Omnibus Regulation and is available in high performance or efficiency focused ratings.

Cummins, PACCAR, Daimler Truck N.A. complete joint venture formation

The completed joint venture is now known as Amplify Cell Technologies.

Accelera-Daimler-Paccar