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SAF-Holland Launches AeroBeam Sliding Air Suspension for Trucks

November 4, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment, Technology
SAF-Holland Launches AeroBeam Sliding Air Suspension for Trucks

SAF-Holland has introduced the next generation of the SAF CBX Series lineup — the CBX40 AeroBeam sliding tandem axle air suspension, which the manufacturer claims is the lightest weight air suspension in the trucking industry.

SAF-Holland, which is a leading global manufacturer of trailer suspension and axle systems, truck suspensions, fifth wheels, landing gear, and coupling products, said the CBX40 provides the optimal balance of strength and weight for ultimate performance in on-highway applications.

Designed for greater fleet efficiency, the SAF CBX40 has a base weight of 1,267 pounds, which is 85 pounds lighter overall than the previous generation CBX40 and 27 pounds lighter then the nearest competitive slider suspension. Per Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Phase 2 legislation, the 85-pound savings will reduce the GHG gas emission by 1,250 pounds over a decade.

The CBX40 AeroBeam is stronger, with an 80 ksi steel sub-frame with four full-height cross members. Sixteen strategically placed reinforcements improve resistance to damage caused by curb strikes, slider repositioning, and drag turns. The slider sub-frame is backed by a seven-year warranty.

Its 5.75-inch diameter friction-welded axles are 12 percent thicker than competitive axles, minimizing axle deflection to improve inside tire tread wear. Heat-treated cast alloy suspension beams achieve an optimum strength-to-weight ratio. The suspension and axle beam assembly is covered by a 10-year warranty.

Relocated shock absorbers provide more room on the sub-frame to install air tanks, brake valves, tire inflation systems, and ABS modules. Combined with the streamlined AeroBeam design, the new CBX40 AeroBeam facilitates under chassis airflow.

Like all SAF suspension systems, the CBX40 AeroBeam is coated with Black Armour, which provides hot dip galvanized-level protection without the added weight or cost of HDG. Eco-friendly Black Armour chemically bonds with metal to form a protective layer that is impervious to water and stands up against the harsh anti-icing agents used on roadways.

The patented SwingAlign system makes maintaining axle adjustment quick and easy. Industry standard service components including air springs, shocks, HCVs, and actuators reduce maintenance costs and downtime.

With a long list of options available, CBX40 AeroBeam is customizable to suit any on-highway application. Options include manual or air assisted slide pin release, dock walk solution, autosensing lift axles, P89 Series air disc brakes or drum brakes, parallel or taper spindles, and conventional or extended warranty wheel end packages.