NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Reyco Granning debuted its DockMaster 400 (DM400) Air Ride Slider during the 2013 TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition here last month.
It's the company's newest addition to an existing array of trailer air spring suspension systems.
The success behind the DM400 is its proprietary design, with engineering features that help fleets reduce maintenance costs in the midst of driver shortages, stretched budgets, Hours of Service regulations, as well as driver health and safety concerns, according to Vice President of Trailers Joe Gallo.
"The DM400's unique design has resulted in a 'just right' balance of strength and weight, the hallmark of the DM400," Gallo said. “The result — once thought unattainable — is an air ride slider that is 33 percent stronger than its competitors in curb impact testing.”
Specifically, the DM400's seven-gauge, nine-inch Super-C frame rails and unitized, wrap-around hangers offer unparalleled driver and fleet protection, Gallo said.
Designed to fit Binkley, Hutch and TTMA rails, the new product is built with side wear pads in the hanger, enhanced corrosion protection, Q plus brakes and a 4 1/2-inch multifunctional pivot bushing to provide optimum control, performance and life expectancy.
According to Gallo, this key design feature of the DM400 makes it ideal for newer drivers entering the job market because of driver shortages. Under such circumstances, increased curbing is sometimes expected, putting drivers at risk and fleet managers on the line for expensive repairs, he said.
"In rigorous tests, our competitors start to buckle at 38,000 pounds. The DM400 doesn't even begin to buckle at 50,000 pounds," Gallo said.
Characteristic of Reyco Granning's reputation for product durability, the DM400 eliminates buckling due to curb impact, Gallo said, adding that as a bonus, the DM400
comes with an exclusive seven-year warranty, exceeding the industry standard.
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Another safety feature included in the DM400 is its air pin release, allowing users to avoid back injuries via a manual pin release system. The DM400 features REY-ALIGN "one person" alignment system.
On the road, the DM400 suspension design has more than 600 million miles of successful service and has endured more than 4,600 miles on the grueling Bosch track. Reyco's DM400 was designed for dry freight trailers, refrigerated trailers and trailer on flat car (TOFC, intermodal) applications.
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