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Accuride Introduces Hub Wheel End System

September 27, 2017

By Evan Lockridge

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Neil McIrvin, vice president/OEM sales, trailer and municipal. Photo: Evan Lockridge
Neil McIrvin, vice president/OEM sales, trailer and municipal. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ATLANTA — Accuride Corp. introduced a new hub system for trucks and trailers on Wednesday at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta.

The Rolliant system is from the wheel end component supplier KIC, which Accuride acquired earlier this year and is reportedly the first long-life, low maintenance hub system to come with a 10-year warranty for trailer applications and a seven-year warranty for trucks.

The technology has been designed for North American commercial vehicle fleets seeking long-life hub performance, and truck and trailer OEMs who want to simplify wheel end installation and boost throughput during assembly, according to Accuride.

“We think it’s a game changer, giving our customers a hub system for the life of their trailers,” said Neil McIrvin, vice president/OEM sales, trailer and municipal.

He said the Rolliant system was developed in response to industry demand for a more affordable hub system that was easy to install and maintain and could last the life of both trucks and trailers.

“Its patent-pending technology maintains tight wheel-bearing tolerances for safe, reliable performance and enables us to offer industry-leading warranties for truck and trailer applications,” said McIrvin.  

Proper wheel bearing adjustment is critical to achieving safe, reliable performance that enables long-life truck and trailer operation, according to Accuride. A deviation in adjustment, even the width of a human hair, can mean the difference between safe, reliable hub system performance and premature tire wear, wheel seal failure, and premature bearing failure. 

The Rolliant system’s extended bearing cone technology improves on existing precision bearing systems to keep wheel bearings in tight, consistent alignment. It works with both straight-spindle and tapered-spindle hub designs and does not need specialized spindle nuts or extra parts. 

Each hub is assembled with 100% endplay inspection and serialization for complete traceability and optimal bearing life. This allows the hub to deliver consistent, low-maintenance performance for the life of the vehicle, according to Accuride.

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