Top 10 of 17 — Lighter AeroBeam suspension
There’s always a delicate balance between strength and weight, which can make it tough to shed unwanted pounds from load-carrying components.
Still, SAF-Holland has managed to shed 45 pounds from the previous generation of its CBX23 AeroBeam fixed-frame air suspension for weight-sensitive flatdeck and tanker applications. Weighing in at 465 pounds, it’s about 25 pounds lighter per axle than the nearest competitor, the company notes.
The suspension beams are made with a heat-treated cast alloy, 80-ksi frame brackets, and a 5.75-inch friction-welded axle that’s said to be 12% thicker than competing axles. And the trailing arms are made of treated cast alloy steel.
With multiple styles of frame brackets, the CBX23 AeroBeam can be adapted to fit an array of trailers, too.
Other Top 10 picks for the year include:
Over the Air engine programming
Paccar’s 12-speed automated transmission
Truck-Lite’s smart trailer system
Meritor’s high-efficiency linehaul tandem drive axle
Thermo King power management tools
Bendix’s greener air dryer cartridge
PeopleNet’s wireless backup camera
FlowBelow’s removeable fairing
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