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ArvinMeritor gets editors’ nod for top technical achievement

TAMPA, Fla. -- ArvinMeritor has won the 2009 Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) Technical Achievement ...


ArvinMeritor's PlatinumShield brake shoes resist rust-jacking, solving a long-running problem for maintenance managers and O/Os.
ArvinMeritor's PlatinumShield brake shoes resist rust-jacking, solving a long-running problem for maintenance managers and O/Os.

TAMPA, Fla. — ArvinMeritor has won the 2009 Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) Technical Achievement Award for its PlatinumShield aftermarket brake shoes.

The presentation was made to Mac Whittemore, ArvinMeritor’s midwest regional manager and Paul Greenlaw, ArvinMeritor’s national fleet manager – aftermarket, at the recent Technology and Maintenance Council meetings in Tampa.

ArvinMeritor’s PlatinumShield coating resists micro-abrasion caused by the movement of the brake lining against the shoe table during normal use and prohibits rust-jacking, where rust forms on bare shoe metal under the lining, causing the lining to lift and crack.

“The Technical Achievement Award committee was impressed that ArvinMeritor’s PlatinumShield coating offers a practical solution to rust-jacking, a problem that has frustrated countless maintenance managers and owner/operators in the US and Canada,” said James Menzies, chair of the TWNA Technical Achievement Award committee. “As trucking companies search for ways to lower their operating costs, ArvinMeritor has come to market with an effective solution to a costly, long-running problem.”

TWNA is an organization comprised of trucking journalists and communicators. The Technical Achievement Award has been presented annually since 1991. To be eligible, 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.

TWNA press members nominate candidates and then following an in-depth review, the award committee selects a winner using a points-based scoring system.

This year’s Technical Achievement Award Committee included: Menzies (Truck News/Truck West); Paul Abelson (Road King and Land Line); John Baxter (Randall-Reilly Publishing); Tom Berg (Heavy Duty Trucking and Construction Equipment); Peter Carter (Today’s Trucking); Paul Hartley (AddMedia); and Jim Park (Heavy Duty Trucking).

Runners-up included: Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS Transmission; Rand McNally’s IntelliRoute TND 500 GPS; and TruckLite’s LED Headlamps.


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