Hendrickson Launches Softek Production
March 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
Hendrickson has launched production of its lighter weight Softek front steer suspension and axle system.
Softek combines Hendrickson's monoleaf steel spring and the rigid, box-shaped Steertek axle for optimal ride and stability with a substantial weight savings.
The company says Softek is one of the lightest front suspension and axle combination available to help fleets and owner-operators counter the increased weight of new engine technology. At a capacity of 12,000 pounds, fleets can trim up to 92 pounds compared to traditional two-leaf suspensions. Softek also comes in a 12,350-pound capacity system.
The monoleaf spring technology reduces weight and eliminates inter-leaf friction. The unique fabricated axle beam provides an extremely durable and lightweight front axle. The box-shaped design is claimed to resist horizontal, vertical and twisting forces more effectively than traditional I-beam axles, enabling tires to maintain better contact with the road to help improve handling and steer tire life.
The system incorporates features to help reduce maintenance costs. Integrated steering arm and tie rod attachments increase strength, while the two-piece knuckle assembly simplifies king pin bushing serviceability, says Hendrickson.