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Applying the brakes: Ensuring the future of truck safety

Advanced safety systems that employ radar- and camera-based technologies that enable adaptive cruise control and even autonomous truck operation rely heavily on one specific component—the brakes. The safety of these futuristic collision mitigation systems rests squarely on proper brake application, operation and maintenance. “It’s important to keep in mind that advances in collision mitigation technology

Bendix Wingman Fusion
Saving fuel, improving efficiency with lift axles

Lift axles, so named for the attached air bags or springs that lift the axle off the road’s surface when it is not needed, are becoming an increasingly popular option for fleets. Lift axles can be mounted on either the truck or the trailer, and promise fuel and tire savings since the axle is only

How bridge formula laws impact lift axle design

One important aspect affecting the spec’ing of lift axles is the Bridge Formula, which was created by the federal government in order to keep bridges from becoming too overloaded. This federal law states that two or more consecutive axles may not exceed the weight computed by the Bridge Formula even though single axles, tandem axles

To protect and serve: The value of air ride suspensions

When it comes to specifying the right system, fleets need to rely on the expertise of suppliers. For example, Jim Rushe, program manager of on-highway trailer products at Hendrickson International, says that “Hendrickson has a sales and service network that works directly with the fleet to understand its anticipated cargo and the equipment operating conditions.

The latest innovations in tractor tire inflation

All indicators lead in the same direction. A 2013 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that under-inflation is the leading cause of tire failure. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) cites defective tires as a leading factor in crashes involving commercial vehicles. A 2010 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) report

Hendrickson sells stake in MBHA

Following the agreement on the acquisition of the leaf spring and stabilizer segments of the Austrian Frauenthal Group in June 2014, which is expected to close at the end of 2014, Hendrickson has completed the sale of its 50% stake in Muelles y Ballestas Hispano-Alemanas, S.A. (MBHA) to InvestZiur.

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Hendrickson sells stake in MBHA

Following the agreement on the acquisition of the leaf spring and stabilizer segments of the Austrian Frauenthal Group in June 2014, which is expected to close at the end of 2014 or early 2015, Hendrickson has entered into an agreement to sell its 50% stake in Muelles y Ballestas Hispano-Alemanas S.A. (MBHA) to the other

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Maintain trailer suspensions to last

Trailer suspension maintenance varies by suspension type and manufacturer. For that reason, fleets should establish best practices and perform routine checkups as recommended by manufacturers and fleet managers. According to Jim Rushe, product line manager at Hendrickson on-highway trailer products, the manufacturer designs its suspensions to not require periodic adjustments. “For our products, the best

Trailer Suspension Maintenance
The importance of tire pressure monitoring

Keeping a close eye on tire pressure can also impact your bottom line. Under-inflated tires flex excessively under load, producing heat and increasing rolling resistance, which wastes fuel. Tires inflated 10 PSI below recommended levels can reduce truck fuel economy up to 1%. In addition, stress from flexing causes fast and uneven wear, shortening the

Freightliner vocational trucks sport new features

Freightliner Trucks has introduced several new options for its medium-duty and severe-duty truck models. (Freightliner 122SD Tractor is pictured above.) “We are dedicated to providing our vocational customers with a breadth of options that contribute to durability and benefit on-the-job performance,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. The new options include:

Freightliner SD Tractor New Options
Hendrickson launches Aero Guard fixed mount bumper for International ProStar

Hendrickson Bumper and Trim announces the release of the all makes Aero Guard resin bumper for International ProStar with a fixed mounting bracket that retrofits to all truck year models. Aero Guard bumpers are exclusive to Hendrickson and are engineered for increased impact durability and to weigh less. In addition, the Aero Guard bumper for ProStar offers nearly

Hendrickson launches Aero Guard fixed mount bumper
Handling the tough hauls: What you need to know about severe-duty drivetrain, axles and suspensions

Extreme loads are no match for properly spec’ed and maintained severe-duty truck models. Vehicle OEMs, in fact, list a range of applications for which they have specific models designed to meet severe-duty needs. Included are dump, concrete, crane, roll-off body, refuse, heavy haul, logging, oil and gas field service, utility, fire and emergency, snow plow

Tough Hauls severe-duty drivetrain, axles and suspensions