Concrete Products

MAY 2018

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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36 • May 2018 www.concreteproducts.com FEATURE TRUCKS & COMPONENTS TRUCKS & COMPONENTS Our annual look at heavy-duty model introductions, updates and component advances is well timed with solid fleet investment activ- ity across ready mixed and manufactured concrete. In ready mixed delivery, Navistar International (page 38) and Freightliner (page 45) have moved to offer heavy-duty models with weight and wheel base characteristics friendly to city streets and urban jobsites. All truck manufacturers and their suppliers are increasingly mind- ful of driver safety and comfort, vehicle uptime and fuel efficiency. Concrete Products examines some of the top innovations from this year's World of Concrete, Mid-America Trucking Show and Work Truck Show, along with the North American Commercial Vehicle Show, a biennial event that premiered late last year in Atlanta. UNITED SAFETY APPARATUS | SAFE T PLUS Safe T Plus steering control can be installed on heavy-duty trucks with simple bolt-on process—no drilling, welding or wiring required. With steering at dead center, the large end of the device is anchored to the axle, the opposite end connected to the tie rod. Installation does not reduce turn radius or make steering harder. Designed by a 30-year trucking veteran, Saf T Plus is engineered to assist in keeping vehicles centered and reduce a loose steering wheel feel. The latter has the potential to lower driver fatigue by helping make everyday vehicle operation more relaxed, especially in the face of wind, passing trucks or routes where roads are crowned, uneven, bumpy, rutted or bearing pot holes. Saf T Plus helps drivers maintain control of trucks and payload in the event of front or rear tire blowout, soft shoulder navigation, and load shifting or elevated center of gravity. A hydraulic cylinder inside the device's spring acts as a damper and considerably reduces the wheel pull drivers feel when trucks are subject to sudden lateral and vertical forces or maneuvers. Saf T Plus likewise limits driver over steering tendencies and lowers maintenance costs. Brand- and chassis-specific installation kits are sold separately from the device. — United Safety Apparatus Inc., Austell, Ga.; 800/872-7233, 770/322-8727; www.safe-t-plus.com

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