MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems announced theSoftek NXT, a light-weight front steer axle with mono-leaf spring suspension.

Softek NXT is Hendrickson’s latest system providing a light-weight front steer axle and suspension system which combines the company’s Steertek NXT axle with its proprietary Softride Monoleaf Spring Technology. This complete system saves up to 118 pounds compared to traditional two-leaf spring and I-beam axle systems. 

The Softek NXT system is designed for heavy-duty truck applications rated from 12,000- to 12,500-pound capacities with additional axle ratings available soon; all of which capture the characteristics of traditional mechanical suspensions while significantly reducing weight to help increase fuel economy and payload capacity. 

At the foundation of the Softek NXT system is Hendrickson’s Steertek NXT Axle. With its box-shaped cross section design, Steertek NXT provides improved handling and performance over traditional I-beam axles, according to the company. Further, the continuous beam architecture contributes added durability while the patented axle seat configuration offers increased vehicle ground clearance.

Compatible with drum or disc brakes, Softek NXT incorporates a two-piece knuckle assembly featuring premium kingpin bushings and seals for improved bushing life. The two-piece configuration also significantly reduces the maintenance time required to service kingpin bushings. The system realizes further maintenance savings through the use of rubber spring eye bushings which require no lubrication. 

Softek NXT will be available for OEM specification in North America Fourth Quarter 2014.