Nashville, Tennessee – Beating five other finalists, the Mack Twin Y Air Suspension won the Truck Writers of North America’s (TWNA) Technical Achievement Award for 2013.
The Twin Y Air Suspension is the industry’s first to use a Y-shaped high-strength steel design. In addition to providing excellent handling and a stable ride-potentially extending drive tire life–it is also up to 403 pounds lighter than other air suspensions currently on the market.
James Menzies, Truck News editor and chair of the TWNA Technical Achievement Award Committee, explained one of the reasons why the committee liked the Mack Twin Y Air Suspension.
“At a time when so many fleets are looking to reduce weight, we found the simple design of Mack’s Twin Y Air Suspension to be a significant achievement that can be easily implemented to increase payload and improve productivity,” he said.
Committee member Tom Berg, added, “When you cut weight and simplify a component at the same time, and it still works well, that’s a winner.”
The other five finalists were:
- Allison’s TC10 automatic transmission
- Detroit DT12 automated mechanical transmission
- Eaton Fuller Advantage Series manual transmission
- Innovative Trailer Design’s supercube trailer
- Truck-Lite’s modular LED headlamp design.
According to the TWNA, to be eligible for the Technical Achievement Award, a product or service has to clearly exhibit technical innovation, have a wide applicability in the trucking industry, offer significant benefits, and be widely available. While complete vehicles are not eligible, components and systems are. All entries are evaluated with a points-based system based on each committee member’s ranking of the candidates, and the highest-scoring products are selected as finalists.
The award was presented in Nashville, Tennessee at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition.