Dana Incorporated announced Sunday at the Technology and Maintenance Council Annual Meeting in Atlanta enhancements to its Spicer SPL Series driveshafts.
The medium-duty SPL Series get a maximum torque rating increase of up to 15% for the SPL170 model and an up to 7% increase for the SPL140 model.
The heavy-duty SPL170 and SPL250 will see a new composite sealing package for added durability.
The product enhancements will be available immediately for the Spicer medium- duty SPL series, while updates to the heavy-duty SPL series will be available in late spring 2020. Steve Slesinski, Dana’s director of product planning, said the new driveshafts and related components will be fully interchangeable with current SPL product on the market.
Also Sunday, Dana Commercial Vehicle Drive and Motion Systems President Mark Wallace said the company is beginning production of its Spicer Electrified eS9000r e-Axle for Class 4 and 5 trucks. The e-Axle will be available for ordering by vehicle manufacturers in the third quarter of 2020.
A drop-in solution for existing suspensions, the eS9000r e-axle features an electronically controlled parking pawl system that eliminates the need for an external solution on vehicles without a traditional transmission.
Water glycol-cooled Dana TM4 SUMOTM LD motor make maximum power of 417 hp with a 20% grade startability. Equipped with disc brakes, Slesinski said the unit weighs 815 lbs.