Concrete Products

MAY 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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56 • May 2017 FEATURE TRUCKS & COMPONENTS Company has implemented engineered routings in all Model 567, 579 and 389 configurations, further enhancing service- ability across its product lines. The routings bundle air, fuel and electrical systems sep- arately, allowing easier identification and service by technicians. Routing enhance- ments are standard with orders specifying 2017-level emissions engines. "Thanks to the innovative features of the engineered chassis routings, custom- ers will enjoy enhanced ease of repair and maintenance," says Peterbilt Chief Engineer Scott Newhouse. "Peterbilt has taken great strides to improve product quality with the implementation of the engineered routings, which provide consistent man- ufacturability, improved product quality and improved serviceability." — Peterbilt Motors, 800/4-Peterbilt; PETERBILT MOTORS | CHASSIS ROUTINGS For the first time in its history, Wabco Holdings Inc. has based production of its most advanced air disc brakes (ADB) for commercial vehicles in the United States. The manufacturer invested $20 million in a new North Charleston, S.C., facility to meet increasing customer demand for its ADB, energy-efficient air compressors and related safety systems. It moved from an existing Charleston location to a new, 145,000-sq.-ft. facility, expanding its manufacturing footprint by more than 60 percent. "By localizing the production of Air Disc Brakes in the region we demonstrate our commitment to advancing commercial vehicle safety and shaping the future of the transportation industry," says Wabco Chairman Jacques Esculier. "Our Air Disc Brakes pave the way to higher automation of commercial vehi- cles and platooning, both of which rely heavily on superior braking performance." "Commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators in North America value the superior performance of single-piston air disc brakes compared to traditional drum brakes and other ADBs available in the market today," adds Wabco President, Americas Jon Morrison. Wabco manufactures high-performance, single-piston ADBs in Charleston to serve commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators in North America. Its portfolio of ADBs is sold under the brand names Maxxus for heavy-duty trucks and Maxx22T for trailers. Compared to conventional drum brakes, Wabco contends, the ADBs reduce stopping distance up to 10 percent while almost completely eliminating brake fade, and extend service intervals up to two times. Wabco ADBs lower maintenance costs, the company notes, as technicians are known to exchange pads on ADB four times faster than the linings of a drum brake. In addition to ADB, Wabco manufactures high-performance air compressors at its North Charleston facility. Wabco and Cum- mins Inc. established a joint venture, fully operational in 1998, to produce single- and twin-cylinder air compressors for heavy- duty trucks, buses and industrial equipment. — Wabco Holdings Inc., Rochester Hills, Mich., 248/270-9300; Wabco expands domestic air disc brake production

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