ArvinMeritor made a number of product- and service-related announcements at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show.

The company announced that based on the need to simplify warranty administration, it is reducing its component warranty categories from 16 down to 4 and will offer end-user customers extended service packages.

Effective with model-year 2003 trucks with an in-service date of Oct.1, 2002, customers will be offered four “warranty vocations,” linehaul, general service, heavy service and severe service for Drive Train Plus components.

ArvinMeritor rolled out new “next generation” wheel hubs designed to be lightweight yet more durable and cost efficient for trailer applications. The new hubs accompany TN, TQ, TP and LMC series axles.

The company also released a new packaged bearing wheel-end system for new TL and TA series trailer axles. ArvinMeritor detailed two new technologies to help meet the '02 and '07 emissions regulations. Two basic exhaust designs, one passive (the Eliminator) and one active (the Eliminator with I.R. tech), have been developed for OEM or retrofit use and are slated to be available in September.

The company's ride control division showed two new items. According to ArvinMeritor, the Gabriel Electronic Stability Control system and load-sensitive pneumatic adjustable shocks are available for OEM program development.

Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems announced its new tractor and trailer electronic leveling modules (ELM).

The modules supply air to the suspension on as as-needed basis, said the company, resulting in optimum control of ride higher with minimal parasitic compressor load on the engine.

Meritor WABCO also introduced its gateway communications capability, dubbed InfoLink, which is now available for use by all tractor and trailer OEMs. Developed to complement the company's existing ABS products, InfoLink allows communication between the tractor and trailer, as well as to third-party telematic devices, such as computers and cellphones.

ZF Meritor LLC announced that International Truck and Engine Corp. will now offer ZF Meritor's FreedomLine automated mechanical transmission on International 9200i, 9400i, 9900i and 9900ix truck models.

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