Meritor has introduced the P600 Series Tridem Heavy-Haul Planetary Axle for heavy-duty, long-haul, oilfield, mining, and logging applications.

The P600 Tridem is designed to operate in extreme conditions and offers a gross axle weight rating of 126,000 pounds and gross combination weight of 560,000 pounds. Meritor's new proportioning inter-axle differential delivers even torque split between the three axles for improved traction, higher load capacity and increased longevity of the drivetrain. Full production on the P600 will begin in June at the company’s Laurinburg, N.C., plant.

"The new Tridem is the next-generation axle from our award-winning P600 series and one of many new products Meritor will bring to market during the next three years as part of the company's M2019 growth initiative," said Steve Luepke, director, off-highway, for Meritor. "Reduced lead time, aftermarket parts and support and continued investment and innovation differentiate us in this market and support our strategy to be an industry leader."

The P600 Tridem's wide ratio coverage and standard anti-lock brakes deliver better safety and performance in the most extreme conditions. When equipped with the optional driver-controlled differential lock and hardware for central tire inflation systems, the P600 has the features required for the most demanding applications, according to Meritor. All P600 axles are designed for durability and supported by Meritor's DriveForce service and support team.