Lightweighting

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August 1, 2016

Kenworth T680 Shows off Lightweight Specs

Even with a roomy sleeper, this T680 scales at just 14,200 pounds, making heavy payloads possible.

July 26, 2016

2017 Ford Super Duty Pickups to Use F-150 Aluminum Cabs

The change to high-volume F-150 cabins cuts costs and weight, and adds interior room for SuperCab and SuperCrew buyers.

July 18, 2016

Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

Ford Motor’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickups with aluminum bodies have higher engine output ratings and more towing and hauling capability than ever, while “smart” technologies make backing and monitoring trailers easier.

May 25, 2016

Ford Super Duty Aluminum Supplier Expands Operations

Novelis has expanded its Oswego, N.Y., operations to add a $120-million finishing line to supply high-strength aluminum alloy for the 2017 F-Series Super Duty lineup, the supplier announced.

May 24, 2016

Heavy-Haul Trailers Get Lighter

You don’t think about “lightweight” when talking about lowboys, which are often long and multi-axled. Nevertheless, today’s heavy-haul trailers are not as heavy as their predecessors – but it’s a careful balance.

May 19, 2016

Photos: Kenworth Shows Off its Latest Trucks

Kenworth showed off eight trucks and tractors to reporters and customers at its plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, in May 2016. They included three models and two Paccar MX diesels. Here are some of them, as photographed (and driven) by Senior Editor Tom Berg.

April 15, 2016

Ford Upgrading 2017 Super Duty's Brakes, Suspension

Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.

April 13, 2016

Q&A: Dana’s Steve Slesinski

We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.

March 22, 2016

Scissor Hoist Designed to Be Lightweight

Rugby Manufacturing’s SR-4016 subframe scissor hoist is designed to be 20% lighter than comparable hoists, improving fuel efficiency and payload capacity.

March 18, 2016

ConMet Offers Lightweight Version of TruTurn Brake Drum

ConMet has added a new lightweight version of its popular TruTurn brake drum called the TruTurn Lite.

January 27, 2016

Accuride Previews Lightweight Composite Brake Drum

Accuride president and CEO Rick Dauch spoke about the company’s recently acquired metal matrix composite technology during a briefing at HDAW, explaining the role MMC would play in Accuride’s lightweight components.

November 1, 2015

12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.

September 22, 2015

Careful Trailer Spec'ing Yields Higher Payloads

Lighter-weight equipment is a quest for Jim Burg, president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. in Warren, Mich.

August 26, 2015

New Report Explores Lightweighting

The North American Council on Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room released their most recent “Confidence Report,” on lightweighting strategies for heavy-duty trucks, released August 25 at the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach, Calif.

July 13, 2015

Thinwall Iron Castings May Help Reduce Vehicle Weight

A metals industry group is exploring lightweight ferrous products as an alternative to more expensive materials in the quest for cutting weight from trucks and other transport vehicles, says Grede Holdings, an iron castings supplier that’s involved in the project.

June 5, 2015

ULX40 Follows Trend Toward Mechanical Suspensions on Vans

Air-ride's more complex and requires more maintenance, so some fleets that watch costs very closely never got on the air-ride band wagon.

April 29, 2015

Figuring Out Wide-Base Single Tires

Wide-based single tires have proven weight- and fuel-saving properties, but not every fleet can make them work. Yet there may still be options.

April 9, 2015

Peterbilt Adds 58-Inch Sleeper for Model 579

Peterbilt has introduced a 58-inch sleeper for its Model 579 in both low- and mid-roof configurations for weight conscious short- and regional-haul operations.

April 6, 2015

Ford Details 2015 F-150 Weight Reduction

Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.

April 5, 2015

Alcoa, Metalsa Offer 2,500 lbs in Future Weight Savings

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Alcoa showcased several vehicle components currently in development that could reduce the weight of a typical highway tractor by as much as 2,500 pounds.

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