HEBRON, Ohio - In March 2010, Hendrickson launched the new COMPOSILITE(TM) Steerable Compliant SC series of lift axles in 10,000 and 13,000 pound capacities. The demand for the COMPOSILITE SC has been brisk and is now available for on-line installations at selected Truck OEMs, and is the lift axle product of choice for Body Builders and Distributors.
"The COMPOSILITE SC is the most successful lift axle product change-over in Hendrickson's history," says Mike Gottschalk, general manager of Hendrickson Auxiliary Axle Systems. The launch of the SC series was successful and has already helped Class 8 Truck manufacturers improve installation times and reduce overall frame package spacing.
In September, Hendrickson will release the 20,000 pound capacity - which is the final addition and will round out the complete package of the COMPOSILITE SC Steerable family.
COMPOSILITE SC reduced system weight, minimized package space and offered the industry the first flexible tie-rod and dampened lift axle design. The product offers owner-operators increased payload and reduced maintenance, while continuing to provide Hendrickson's recognized product performance and durability.
The introduction of the patent pending Compliant Tie Rod (CTR) with PerfecTrak(TM) Technology - flexible tie-rod assembly and dampening system is widely accepted by lift axle installers across the North America.
Customers are recognizing that this new CTR with the first ever "Passive Steer Ackerman" technology has a much needed way of lowering maintenance costs and increase uptime through its robust self-centering mechanism and improved driver feel of the road.
In conjunction with the COMPOSILITE SC launch for the Class 8 truck market, Hendrickson will offer a complete array of trailer mount steerable products, also in multiple capacity configurations. Inclusive with all the new product releases, the new CTR design with PerfecTrak Technology is the only tie rod and dampening system in the industry covered by a full three-year warranty package. The CTR system is a component of the COMPOSILITE SC Series and is fully backed with a name you can trust - Hendrickson.
Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a premier, global manufacturer and supplier of truck, tractor, bus and recreational vehicle suspensions and heavy-duty springs; trailer suspensions, controls and nonintegrated axles; truck and trailer lift axles, and bumpers and trim components to the commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Itasca, Ill., USA, continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry after more than 95 years. Visit the main Hendrickson web site at www.hendrickson-intl.com