Intended for linehaul and city delivery applications, the Meritor UWE-90 unitized wheel end will soon be available on 23,000-, 34,000-, and 40,000-lb. GAWR single and tandem drive axles.
Packed with synthetic grease and preset for preload, the sealed-for-life assembly is currently available on Meritor Easy Steer front steer and TB Series trailer axles.
Besides eliminating installation and bearing adjustment problems, the unitized wheel end saves 110 lb. per tandem axle over ductile iron hubs.
Starting early next year, the hub will be available from all North American truck makers on Meritor's RT-34-145, RT-40-145, and RT-40-160 on-highway tandem drive axles and RS-23-160 and RS-23-186 single drives. Those axles will also be offered as complete assemblies with Meritor's Q Plus cam brakes and drums. The entire assembly will carry a 5-yr./ 750,000-mi. warranty.
Meritor has also introduced an extended lubrication option for its RHP Highway Parallelogram trailer air suspension system. Using 16.5-in. Q Plus brakes with a new camshaft bushing design mated to automatic slack adjusters, the LX500 Extended Lube option does not require any lubrication service for 3 yr./500,000 mi. in on-highway linehaul van applications.
InnoVan is offering fleets step vans in eight different lengths, three widths and heights, and four wheelbase options. The brand new manufacturing company is unique in that it not only builds step vans at its new 85,000-sq.-ft. plant in Moraine, Ohio, but also provides customized interior work under the same roof. Features of the new step vans include a larger-than-normal windshield sloped at 30 deg., aerodynamically designed front end, full fiberglass hood, three-piece aluminum side panels, and ergonomically designed driver compartment with easy-to-reach controls.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Corp. has acquired BP America's technical and research center in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Situated on 100 acres, the new facility marks a major initiative by Sherwin-Williams to enhance its research and development process to create the most technologically advanced products in the industry. Renovations will begin immediately. The facility's scheduled to be fully operational in September 2000.