FORT LAUDERDALE— Roadranger has made several announcements about new Dana and Eaton products yesterday at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting.
Dana’s new Spicer 130 single-drive axles are engineered for Class 5 and 6 trucks. According to Patxi Garcia, product manager-drive axles, the S130 series are designed to provide “the longer life cycles characteristically seen in heavy trucks.”
The axles carry a maximum GVW rating of 26,400 lbs. and a maximum GCW rating of 40,00 lbs. They boast broad ratio coverage of 3.07 to 6.50. Garcia said other features include:
HPD (High Power Density) design results in higher capacity gearing with minimized weight and cost
Hypoid gearing that reduces transmission noise
Larger, higher-capacity bearings for longer life at higher loads
Long face-width gear teeth reduce stress for smooth operation and improved fuel efficiency Garcia said the axles offer “vocational flexibility minus the complexity.” The S130 is replacing the S135 and S150 in the Dana line and is already in production.
In response to what it terms growing industry demand, Dana announced high-volume production of its existing Spicer Tire Maintenance System (TMS) for trailers is planned for this year’s third quarter.
“TMS is the only system in the commercial vehicle market today able to measure actual tire pressure,” noted Jim Beverly, chief engineer for advanced chassis control systems.
“That makes it best suited for expected future [tire monitoring] requirements. We also view TMS as a foundation for other vehicle well-being products, such as integrated brake wear and wheel-end temperature sensors.”
The new Eaton Vorad Blindspotter is aside-object detection system, designed to alert drivers to obstacles alongside the vehicle. The radar-based system is available as a stand-alone system or it can be used in concert with other Eaton Vorad collision-warning systems. Blindspotter consists of a sensor and a display and can be installed in about one hour with no special training, according to the company. List price is $600 and it can be purchased online at the Roadranger site.