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SAF-Holland President—Americas, Kent Jones, shares his view on the brand’s successes, the challenges it faces, and what it will take to continue growth.
While many truck OEMs today provide a fully-integrated powertrain that includes the axle, maybe you’re in a position where you want to fully customize your axles yourself. As a key part of the powertrain, it’s important the axle is spec’d to work with the truck’s engine and transmission if you want to maximize efficiency.
Meritor, Inc. has made enhancements to the 14X HE linehaul tandem drive axle and added two more drive axles to its high-efficiency family of products.
Meritor, Inc. has launched its MFS+ 14K front non-drive steer axle, which the company says is the lightest 14,700-pound front non-drive steer axle in North America for linehaul and vocational applications.
The vocational-focused Kenworth T880 is now standard with the PACCAR 20K front axle. The PACCAR 20K front axle is available with ratings of 20,000 or 22,000 lbs, and uses a tapered kingpin roller bearing, which simplifies the design and delivers enhanced steering efficiency. The PACCAR front axle offers steering angles up to 50 degrees and
ZF has announced that its AxTrax electric axle is being used on the eCascadia for Freightliner Trucks’ Innovation Fleet. “The ZF electric drive axle, AxTrax, offers zero-emission driving with maximized performance and minimal noise emission—ideal for battery electric vehicles, hybrid drives and fuel cell technology. It enables trucks the efficient entrance into zero-emission city zones,”
Dana Inc. has expanded its training academy, which will now include two new modules covering component identification, maintenance and lubrication for Spicer drive axles.
International Truck introduced a new configuration for its all-wheel drive International HV Series at the 2019 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, featuring a high visibility hood and set-back axle that allows for improved visibility and maneuverability.
Dana Incorporated has acquired Nordresa Motors, Inc., which is involved in the integration and application engineering for the development and commercialization of electric powertrains for commercial vehicles.
The axle is a complementary part, working with both the powertrain and the suspension. It’s important to understand the relationship between these components and to make sure that your truck and trailer axles are operating in unison with the parts they complement.
Spec’ing a truck means considering—and sometimes reconsidering—almost every aspect of the vehicle. That includes components that previously never required much choice.