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Dana hits milestone with steer axle production

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Dana rolled out its one-millionth E-series steer axle on Dec. 5 at its Humboldt, Tenn. manufact...

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Dana rolled out its one-millionth E-series steer axle on Dec. 5 at its Humboldt, Tenn. manufacturing facility with the production of a Dana Spicer E-1202I steer axle.

The one-millionth axle was built as a complete assembly with a PACCAR-proprietary front suspension, along with Bendix air disc brakes and Spicer LMS aluminum hubs. The assembly was sequenced to Kenworths facility in Renton, Wash., for use with a new Kenworth T660 aerodynamic long-haul conventional chassis.

Spicer E-series steer axles have a proven record of low maintenance, long life, and ease of serviceability. Customers have benefited from the axles durable and lightweight design that has contributed to driving down operational costs, said Gary Moore, assistant general manager of sales and marketing, Kenworth Truck Company. We are proud that the Kenworth T660 is part of this significant occasion.

Originally introduced in 1993, the E-series axle has gone through numerous design enhancements to help it exceed customers demanding requirements, noted the manufacturer. With its proven, industry-leading design, the E-series is one of Danas most popular steer axles.

The Spicer E-1202I steer axle features a one-piece integral arm forged knuckle for reduced weight; a large kingpin diameter for improved durability and reduced maintenance; two drawkey kingpin retention screws for improved alignment capability and reduced maintenance; and a power rib beam design for improved alignment capability.

Dana is pleased to continue providing products and systems that lead the commercial vehicle industry in quality and technology, said Nick Stanage, president of Danas Heavy Vehicle Products. This one-millionth axle is further evidence of Danas commitment to provide durable, high-performance, low-maintenance products to our customers.

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