Truck & Components
- Published: Sunday, 12 May 2013 13:22
- Written by CP Staff
Paired with the Mack C150/151 series axle carriers, the mRIDE spring suspension suits vocational applications and is available on the Granite, Titan, Pinnacle Axle Forward and TerraPro models. The use of spring leafs over four separate rubber block packs offers stability and articulation, while also allowing the needed clearance for larger tires and brake components required in construction and vocational applications.
In addition to lighter weight features, the mRIDE delivers a smoother ride, improved stability and greater ground clearance over difficult terrain versus comparable spring suspensions, Mack engineers note. The suspension also provides constant ground contact for all wheels over its articulation range, which in turn maximizes traction on any site. The parallel pinion angles of the Mack axles extend the driveline joint life.
The integrated drivetrain of an MP engine, Mack transmission and axle, plus the mRIDE suspension, affords superior performance, stability and handling, notes Mack Vocational Marketing Manager Curtis Dorwart. "Vocational customers can count on mRIDE-equipped trucks to absorb more of the rough work on jobsites, keeping drivers more comfortable and productive."
Mack's 13-liter MP8 engine is now available in the TerraPro concrete pumper, meeting customer demands for high horsepower and torque in placing operations. The MP8 features three ratings and special performance calibrations unique to concrete pumping; ratings range from 425 to 505 hp and 1,760 ft.-lb. torque, offering maximum power for concrete pumping.
"The higher horsepower and torque available with the MP8 provide effective and efficient operation of the concrete pump under the demanding and variable engine loading conditions that are routinely encountered during operation," says Dorwart.
The Mack TerraPro Cabover offers high visibility and maneuverability, he adds, with tight turn navigation contributing to the improved job site safety. Equipped with Mack's Maxitorque ES manual transmission, C150/151 and C202/203 axles, plus MP8 engine and ClearTech SCR exhaust treatment, the TerraPro concrete pumper has a completely integrated Pedigree Powertrain. They combine for seamless communication among components for improved performance. — www.macktrucks.com
Cracking the Code
Effective last month, all new Mack trucks will be delivered with a unique QR code to speed service and improve customer uptime. Quick response codes rapidly retrieve information when scanned by tablet or other mobile device.
Upon truck arrival, dealer service advisors scan the matrix bar code, accessing VIN, owner information and dealer service history, while automatically launching Mack's service management system. The electronic process eliminates the potential for paper-based service write-up errors. Service advisors also have the ability to launch required inspections through the mobile device used for the initial scan—saving technician time in completing and accurately documenting inspections. Mack is currently working with dealers to retrofit QR codes on existing vehicles.