SELF-STEER AXLE SUSPENSION

From SAF-Holland comes the CBX integrated suspension/axle system with self-steering capability. It will feature the company’s latest lightweight ‘Fusion Beam’ technology, available in two different steer-angle models — with wheel cuts of 20 degrees or 25-to-30 degrees. SAF Integral air disc brakes (pictured here) are standard on the initial offering, while drum-brake configurations and other options are planned for the future.

The company says the CBX system is “designed to turn easier, greatly reducing tire wear, while improving fuel economy by reducing drag and tire scrubbing.” The latter can lead to frame damage, torsional stress and wear.

The integration of the company’s Fusion Beam Technology is said to reduce beam weight without compromising beam strength or integrity. This is accomplished through the fusion of a lighter-weight cast beam and a fabricated tail section.

Various capacities are available in the series which include the SAF Self-Steer CBX23, CBX25 and CBX25/30. While the CBX23 and CBX25 models deliver capacities of 23,000 and 25,000 lb respectively, the CBX25/30 offers an additional 30,000 lb of load carrying capacity at creep speed (5 mph or less) and 25,000 lb of capacity for on highway operation. The CBX25/30 delivers its additional load capacity through the addition of a larger air spring.

It’s said to be a straightforward engineering application that allows easy upgrades at the both the OEM and fleet levels.

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