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ACT: Class 8 engine production to grow before drop late in 2019



Tom Rhein of Rhein Associates said movement from premium over 10L engines to lower durability engines under 10L engines is limited. (Courtesy: ACT RESEARCH)

COLUMBUS, Ind. — According to the recently released North American Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, Class 8 production is expected to continue growing in 2019 before an anticipated drop late in the year and into 2020.

Diesel is still the dominate power source and vocational truck demand is more stable than tractors demand, the two organizations said.

“Trucks are the primary application of engines under 10L, with the proportion closely following truck production,” said Tom Rhein, president of Rhein Associates. “Although there is an industry trend to smaller displacement engines, movement from premium over 10L engines to lower durability engines under 10L engines is limited.”

With regard to Classes 5-7, Rhein said in marked contrast to heavy duty Class 8 trucks, medium duty demand is forecast to remain at a high level, with minimal annual fluctuations.

For this segment of the commercial vehicle industry, trucks remain the dominant category, approximately 74% of the Classes 5-7 total.

“Diesel power is under attack long-term for use in on-highway commercial vehicles,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst at ACT Research. “Alternative power is being developed, tested, and refined, even as diesel engines are transitioning to become more fuel efficient and clean. Emission regulations are one of the main drivers of alternative fuel adoption, which is why the Engine OUTLOOK includes a section on the commercial vehicle regulatory environment.”

The latest NA On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates highlights power-source activity for CV GVWs 5-8, including five-year forecasts of engines volumes and product trends.

The Engine Outlook ties to the detailed NA CV vehicle forecasts published monthly by ACT in the NA OUTLOOK.

Rhein Associates is a major supplier of powertrain information to worldwide clients enabling accurate and informed business decisions and marketing plans.

ACT Research is a publisher of commercial vehicle truck, trailer, and bus industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American and China markets.



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Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems launches new digital parts catalog



A great feature is the ability to make side notes from the bottom toolbar. (Courtesy: HENDRICKSON)

WOODRIDGE, Ill. — Hendrickson has launched the online digital Truck Suspension Systems Parts Catalog.

The new Truck Parts Catalog with interactive navigation can be browsed online at Hendrickson under header of Digital Parts Catalogs.

The digital parts catalog is instantly accessible through any mobile or desktop device and does not require additional downloads or apps.

“The new digital catalog offers several different ways to navigate through the document to view information quickly and efficiently,” said David McCleave, director of aftermarket for Hendrickson. “You can search by part number or name, or you can click on the table of contents to reach your desired destination. Zoom in or out easily and the text and images stay sharp and clear.”

Another great feature is the ability to make side notes from the bottom toolbar.

McCleave said the notes are specific to the user and they remain available when returning return using the same device.

McCleave said as a commitment to delivering the highest level of customer service, Hendrickson is continuously improving parts information accessibility for efficient, easy reference. Digital parts catalogs for trailer, auxiliary axle and bumper and trim divisions will also be released in the coming months.

For additional information or to order a Hendrickson Genuine Parts catalog, visit the Literature Request Form page at or contact Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems, 800 South Frontage Road, Woodridge, Illinois, 60517-4904 or call 866-755-5968.




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Kinedyne engineers lighter, yet stronger winches to integrate with straps



All of Kinedyne’s three-bar winches have also been redesigned and feature the new “Thumb Saver” thumb pawl and increased spacing between bars from 0.75 inches to 1.13 inches. (Courtesy: KINEDYNE)

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — Kinedyne, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of cargo control technologies, including cargo securement, capacity and access solutions for the transportation industry, has introduced newly designed and engineered winches.

The new winches have a working load limit (WLL) of 6,670 pounds, more than 20 percent greater than the current industry standard of 5,500 pounds, and consistent with the 6,670-pound WLL of its RHINO MAX and K-FORCE winch straps.

The move to the greater WLL means more secure loads, lower damage claims and other benefits, according to Bob Dissinger, director of U.S. sales for Kinedyne.

Working as a load securement system, Kinedyne’s new winches and straps provide a greater WLL than many chain and binder systems, Dissinger said.

The company offers a wide variety of weld-on, portable, sliding, double “L” sliding and combination winch styles to ensure that the appropriate winch is available for each application.

“With the addition of our newly engineered winch designs, Kinedyne now offers a range of integrated cargo securement systems, all with an industry-leading WLL,” Dissinger said. “In addition to making our winch offering stronger and more durable, we’ve reduced their weight by an average of 22 percent, making them easier to handle, and we’ve added a new “Thumb Saver” pawl that is simpler to operate, even with gloved hands.”

All of Kinedyne’s three-bar winches have also been redesigned and feature the new “Thumb Saver” thumb pawl and increased spacing between bars from 0.75 inches to 1.13 inches. The unique three-bar winch reel design allows for easy strap insertion, even when slots have ice buildup.

“Kinedyne has engineered each new winch frame using heat-treated carbon steel, and the design includes a single piece rolled, heat-treated, split-mandrel with a welded cap and a forged steel thumb pawl,” Dissinger said. “Most of Kinedyne’s popular winches have been converted to the new design, which features a black matte powder-coated finish.”

The new mandrel retains its optimized web-slot radius, which minimizes cutting and abrasion on webbing, thus extending its life. The material and design are also resistant to “egging,” or the elongation of the mandrel cap hole, which helps improve operator safety when using a winch bar.

Dissinger said Kinedyne engineers its winch components by attaching them to the frame using robotic welders to ensure manufacturing consistency. In addition, the manufacturing month and year are permanently stamped on each winch frame.

Slider winch frame thicknesses have been decreased to seven millimeters, reducing their weight by 19 percent. While weld-on winch frame thicknesses remain at 8 millimeters, their weights have still been reduced by 25 percent, resulting in increased strength for both.

“We set a new industry standard for weight capacity with the introduction of our RHINO MAX and K-FORCE cargo securement straps in 2018,” Dissinger said. “With the introduction of our new winches, we’ve created a stronger, lighter-weight system that’s more durable, easier to operate and that fits a wide variety of cargo securement applications.”

For more information, call Kinedyne’s customer service department at 800-848-6057 in the United States, 800-268-3530 in Canada and 011-5255-53184844 in Mexico.



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Eaton launches 4-speed transmission for electric commercial vehicles



Eaton officials said the heavy-duty 4-speed EV transmission solves the primary issue related to single-speed drives: contradictory requirements for high efficiency at top speeds and increased torque at launch and low speeds. (Courtesy: EATON)

ATLANTA — Power management company Eaton Wednesday said its eMobility business will launch an all-new 4-speed transmission for heavy-duty electric commercial vehicles to meet growing demand in a number of segments, including pickup and delivery and port drayage in North America, China and Europe.

The new transmission, designed for Class 7 and Class 8 commercial vehicles, is currently in the testing phase with major OEMs and is set to debut in 2022. The announcement was made at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show here.

The transmission is the latest addition to Eaton’s growing eMobility portfolio of electrified vehicle (EV) transmissions and other componentry, which also includes medium-duty 2- and 4-speed models that are also currently in production with several OEMs, according to Scott Adams, senior vice president, eMobility.

“Electric trucks and buses need to be able to go up hills and run at highway speeds when they are fully loaded.,” Adams said. “Our solution is to expand the range of the motor by adding an EV transmission. With this addition, the vehicle can perform well on hills and efficiently at highway speeds with a smaller, less costly motor.”

Adams said the heavy-duty 4-speed EV transmission solves the primary issue related to single-speed drives: contradictory requirements for high efficiency at top speeds and increased torque at launch and low speeds. Fine-pitch helical gears ensure a smooth, low-noise operation, while the Eaton Transmission Control Unit’s shifting strategy is designed for fast gear changes and maximum efficiency, which extend range and battery life, he said.

“The transmission is based on traditional, robust and efficient lay shaft architecture typical of AMTs but is designed specifically for electric commercial vehicle applications,” Adams said. “Unlike traditional commercial vehicle transmissions, Eaton’s 4-speed EV gearbox does not have a clutch, and shifts are synchronized using the traction motor. It also operates at higher speeds than its traditional internal combustion gearbox counterparts, and gears are optimized for typical electric motor performance and power curves for maximum efficiency.”

By providing higher output speed capability and torque range than a direct-drive system, the transmission enables the usage of a smaller, lighter electric motor for large commercial vehicles, which cuts down on the cost, a major buying point for commercial EV operators, Adams said.

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Eaton has approximately 100,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit




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