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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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www.concreteproducts.com May 2018 • 51 FEATURE VOLVO VNX Company has redesigned its family of self- steer auxiliary suspensions, available in 8K and 13.5K capacities; added a first-ever 10K option; and, has a 20K model on deck for later this year. Equipped with Swift Mount technology, the suspensions use patented interchangeable ride height brackets and integrated air kits to reduce installation time by three to five hours. Further contributing to ease of installation is a "stepped-edge" design helps center the suspension on the frame, greatly reducing the time to achieve true alignment. The interchangeable ride height brackets help alleviate inventory concerns by allowing companies to maintain four sets, which can be used to mount any Link auxiliary suspen- sion. Optional fender bracket attachments eliminate the need to remove the hub during installation. The new 8K and 10K auxiliary suspen- sions incorporate heavy-duty bearings and are engineered using proprietary, but read- ily available brakes and drums. The 13.5K LINK | SELF-STEER AUXILIARY SUSPENSIONS suspension is available with optional disc or drum brakes. All auxiliary suspensions bear new rugged cast arms and Link-Koat migra- tory self-healing metal treatment to provide corrosion resistance and rust protection. A compact mounting envelope, combined with optional integrated air control system, also saves valuable frame rail space. "Our redesigned family of self-steer auxiliary suspensions provide distinct advantages of convenience and performance for body builders, vocational fleet owners and drivers," says Link President Jim Huls. "Our new auxiliary suspensions with Swift Mount technology further demonstrate our drive to outperform by collaboratively engi- neering solutions based on market needs and customer feedback." — Link Manufac- turing Ltd., 800/222-6283, 712/722-4874; www.linkmfg.com The series is also available with up to 605 hp and 2,050 lb.-ft. torque rating, provided by the Cummins X15 Performance Series engine and paired with an Eaton Ultra Shift Plus or manual transmission. Like all Volvo models, the VNX series cab is built with high- strength steel and exceeds both the Volvo Swedish Cab Safety Test and ECE R-29 rollover requirements. The industry's only standard driver's side airbag is now joined by an integrated, seat-mounted rollover airbag on the driver's side. Volvo Enhanced Stability Technol- ogy (VEST), an electronic stability control system, is standard on the VNX. By continually monitoring operating parameters, VEST detects imminent loss of control, jackknife or rollover events. It automatically reduces engine torque and selectively applies braking to help the driver keep the truck on course. The VNX series is equipped with automotive-quality LED headlights that produce abundant bright light to improve visibility. Automatic lighting and rain-sensing wipers are also available to improve safety. The dashboard on the VNX has been optimized to reduce distrac- tion by displaying the critical information a professional driver needs at a quick glance and by grouping frequently used controls within easy reach. A configurable, 5-in. color driver information display with improved graphics works with steering wheel-mounted controls providing key operating information, as well as the ability to choose operator or manager's preferred diagnostic data. A dash-top tray with multiple USB and 12V connections provides a safe, convenient home for driver gadgets, which can also be linked to the optional in-dash infotainment system. Always in view, the instru- ment cluster's clean, symmetrical layout and diffused, light green backlighting makes it easy to read, reducing eyestrain and fatigue. All VNX models come standard with factory-installed connectivity hardware for access to Remote Diagnostics, which provides proactive diagnostics and monitoring of critical engine, transmission and after- treatment trouble codes. The same hardware also allows customers to perform software and parameter updates over-the-air with Remote Programming, which helps improve uptime and vehicle efficiency, while reducing downtime costs. — www.volvotrucks.us

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