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Mack Twin Y Air Suspension earns TWNA technical award

The Twin Y Air Suspension is the industry’s first to use a Y-shaped high-strength steel design. In addition to providing excellent handling and a stable ride, the truck writers selection committee said.

The Trucker News Services

3/13/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) have recognized the Mack Twin Y Air Suspension as the trucking industry’s top technical achievement of 2013.

The award presentation took place at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council’s meeting here March 12.

The Twin Y Air Suspension is the industry’s first to use a Y-shaped high-strength steel design. In addition to providing excellent handling and a stable ride — potentially extending drive tire life — it is also up to 403 pounds lighter than other air suspensions currently on the market, TWNA said.

“When you cut weight and simplify a component at the same time, and it still works well, that’s a winner,” Tom Berg, a member of the selection committee, said.

The Mack Twin Y Air Suspension was among six finalists. In addition to the Mack product, other finalists were Allison’s TC10 automatic transmission; the Detroit DT12 automated mechanical transmission; the Eaton Fuller Advantage Series manual transmission; Innovative Trailer Design’s supercube trailer and Truck-Lite’s modular LED headlamp design.

To be eligible for the Technical Achievement Award, a product or service has to clearly exhibit technical innovation, have a wide applicability in the trucking industry, offer significant benefits, and be widely available. While complete vehicles are not eligible, components and systems are.

The review process begins with candidates nominated by the members of TWNA. Using a point system based on each committee member’s ranking of the candidates, the highest-scoring products are selected as finalists.

The Technical Achievement Award winner was selected by trucking journalists and award committee members Paul Abelson, John Baxter, Peter Carter, Paul Hartley, James Menzies, Jim Park and Berg.

The first Technical Achievement Award was presented in 1991 to Grote Industries for its red LED marker light. Since receiving the inaugural award, Grote has sponsored the annual trophy.

The 2012 winner was the Meritor FueLite 6×2 Axle w/Meritor WABCO ECAS.

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