Hendrickson to debut lighter low-ride suspension at MATS

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Hendrickson says it has squeezed 75 pounds from the Intraax low-ride/liftable integrated trailer suspension system with the launch of the Intraax AANL 23K scheduled in the second quarter of this year. Intraax AANL 23K replaces the AAL 23K as Hendrickson’s lightest 23,000-pound-capacity low-ride/liftable suspension system, giving fleets and owner-operators a savings of about 150 pounds on tandem-axle trailers, according to the company.

Scheduled for introduction at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Hendrickson says AANL 23K provides all of the benefits of Intraax, including the first standard trailer cam tube system to reduce S-cam maintenance, and the industry’s straightest world-class axle to help stretch fuel mileage and extend tire life. Standard Quik-Align is designed to deliver fast, easy, accurate axle alignment.

Offered in ride heights from 6.5 to 17 inches, AANL 23K brings road-proven, tapered-beam and large-diameter axle (LDA) technologies to dropdecks, lowboys, platforms, tankers, bottom dumps and specialty trailers, according to the company. The Intraax AANL system uses Hendrickson’s advanced axle/beam technology (AXT), which teams tapered-beam and LDA technologies, to facilitate enhanced component system strength, while reducing weight.

While the lighter weight of the tapered-beam construction allows haulers to carry more cargo on each run, the AANL 23K also delivers exceptional freight protection, superior performance and rugged durability, Hendrickson says. The AANL tapered-beam design uses high-performance Tri-Functional III Bushing designed to deliver an outstanding ride. The bushings feature phosphate-coated inner metal for added corrosion protection and a rubber compound to facilitate outstanding durability and ride.

According to the company, LDA increases the diameter of today’s traditional five-inch axle by about three-quarters of an inch while slightly reducing the wall thickness, which reduces weight while improving component and system strength. Hendrickson says LDA delivers as much as a 22-percent increase in bending and torsional stiffness compared to the five-inch axle tube, which reduces tube deflection under loads to keep the axle straighter and help enhance fuel efficiency and tire wear.

The Mid-America Trucking Show is set for March 22-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. For additional information on the AANL 23K, go to www.hendrickson-intl.com.