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Heavy Duty Trucking’s editors announced the HDT 2022 Top 20 Products, honoring the best new or significantly improved products of 2021.

Products are chosen based on how well they address the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Ability to address industry issues
  • Potential to help fleets’ bottom lines

Eligible products were reported on by HDT’s editors in our print or digital products during calendar year 2021. Not eligible for the Top 20 awards are full powered vehicles or concept/demonstration vehicles or products. Products must be commercially available or expected to become commercially available in 2021. Companies are limited to having one award in a year.

The following Top 20 products are listed in alphabetical order by company name. Details on each one appeared in the Jan/Feb 2022 print issue and will be posted on our website later this week.

Alcoa: Dual-Valve Wheel, allows for a second valve stem, meaning a tire pressure monitoring systems sensor can operate on one valve while air pressure is serviced on the other.

Bendix: AD-HFi Air Dryer with Electronic Air Control (EAC), provides more dry air for the systems today’s trucks depend.

Clarience Technologies: Truck-Lite Heated Super 44 and 60 Series LED Stop/Turn/Tail Lamp, allows snow to be melted from the lamp.

ConMet: PreSet Plus eHub is an in-wheel electric motor paired with a hub assembly, engineered to capture wasted braking energy and repurpose it as electricity.

Cummins: X15N, a 15L natural gas engine with ratings up to 500 hp and 1,850 lbs-ft of torque.

Daimler Trucks North America: Detroit Assurance Suite of Safety Systems 2022 New Features, including Active Speed Intervention, Brake Hold Mode, and Lane Keep Assist with Auto Stop.

Doleco USA: LayerLok Double-Decking System, offers a double-decking system designed for repetitive sliding and vertical loads.

Gear Head Lube: Gear Head Fifth Wheel Lube Pad, comes in easy-to-apply grease “pads.”

Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems: Watchman, a wheel-end sensor technology for trailers, which operate on the vehicle area network developed by Sensata Technologies.

Hyundai Translead: Hyundai Composite, a lightweight polymer fiber core composite panel for trailers.

J.J. Keller: Universal Placard Holder, which features a patent-pending flexible design that can be mounted on curved surfaces.

Mack Trucks: MRide Suspension Paired with Proprietary Mack Axles, which offers additional weight savings for increased payload when paired with proprietary Mack axles.

Meritor: 14Xe ePowertrain for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles integrates an electric motor and a multi-speed transmission into the differential housing.

Mission Critical Electronics: Safex allows fleets, distribution centers, and trailer manufacturers to connect hybrid electric transport refrigeration units to 480-volt AC power.

Paccar: TX-8 Automatic transmission for Kenworth and Peterbilt medium-duty trucks.    

Phillips Connect: Phillips Connect Smart7 with Connect1 Health Monitoring tracks and manages all trailer health sensors using one device and one platform

Sensata: Xirgo OTAC is a trailer-tracking yard management system.

Thermo King: E-200 is a fully electric refrigeration unit for small to medium-sized vans and trucks.

TSE Brakes: TSE-Sense Smart Air Brake Chamber, which can diagnose brake problems in real time.

Whiting Systems: SmartWashout has a self-centering software system to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting of a refrigerated trailer.

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