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WINNER: Axle replacement absorbs impacts

Hendrickson Auxiliary Axle Systems
What: Impact-resistant tie-rod assembly
Innovation: Rear axles for truck trailers often are damaged when they hit obstacles when backing. Hendrickson replaced the solid axles with assemblies that resemble leaf springs, which absorb impacts without damage. Also, rubber bushings replace traditional ball-and-socket joints at each end, reducing service costs because they don't require regular lubrication.
First customer: Western Trailers, 2010
Web site: hendrickson-intl.com