By Amanda Phillips, Director, OEM Sales and Product Marketing
Often the best way to judge the value of new technology is a test drive—a hands-on experience that makes clear the savings in time and dollars that the technology can offer. Last month, 42 executives from 33 major North American truck fleets had such a first-hand opportunity, exploring and driving a range of Meritor systems to learn about the science behind the savings that they provide.
These fleet leaders came to southeast Michigan for the Scientific Savings Expo Presented by Meritor DriveForceTM, spending three days at Meritor labs in Troy and the Romeo Proving Ground for up-close demonstrations of axles, brakes, drivelines and trailer suspension systems from Meritor and Meritor WABCO that help prevent injuries and vehicle damage while reducing maintenance and operating expenses.
The August Expo was our third since we initiated the event in 2013, and Expo attendees have appreciated the scientific savings provided by Meritor and Meritor WABCO technology. James Burg, president of James Burg Truck Company, said he felt the Meritor WABCO OnGuard system “can have a dramatic impact on safety by reducing crashes and the cost of crashes.” After a RideSentry demo, Andy Lott, president of Arlo G. Lott Trucking, observed, “If we could use that suspension on our multi-axle trailers, it would cure a lot of our problems.”
If you’d like to be part of our next Scientific Savings Event, contact your DriveForce representative.
By Karl Mayer, Director of Product Line Management North American Truck Axles
As a result of technology advancements from Meritor, 6x2 axle systems are becoming increasingly popular with OEMs and fleet owners in North America. The 6x2 uses only one drive axle, with a Meritor FUELite reducing vehicle weight by as much as 400 pounds compared with similar 6x4 systems, producing a 2-to-4.6 percent boost in fuel efficiency. The increase in fuel efficiency is simply a result of having one less drive axle, which contributes to fewer gearset meshes and fewer lubricant churning losses.
Still, many American fleet owners have questioned how well a 6x2 performs when additional traction is needed. Meritor technology addresses this important factor by integrating FUELite 6x2 axles with Meritor WABCO Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS). The ECAS technology, introduced in the United States by Meritor WABCO, detects low-traction situations and automatically transfers the tag axle load to the drive axle for the short duration required to regain traction.
We highly recommend that fleets spec an automated load-shifting system like Meritor WABCO’s ECAS when considering 6x2 axles. With fuel savings enabled by FUELite axles and ECAS, operational costs are reduced, and traction is greatly improved. Don’t try to save money by eliminating a load-shifting system, because you will not be happy when trucks become stuck during low-traction events.
In the spirit of continuous improvement, Meritor already has implemented several design ideas to make 6x2 axles even more efficient and cost-effective.
For more information on today’s 6x2s and their benefits, go to www.6x2facts.com.
Krista Sohm, Vice President of Communications
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