Mack's Twin Y Air Suspension wins TWNA Technical Achievement Award

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 3/13/2014

The Mack Twin Y Air Suspension has won the 2013 Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) Technical Achievement Award. Mack took this year’s award after beating out five other finalists: Allison’s TC10 automatic transmission; the Detroit DT12 automated mechanical transmission; the Eaton Fuller Advantage Series manual transmission; Innovative Trailer Design’s supercube trailer; and Truck-Lite’s modular LED headlamp design.

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Mack’s Twin Y Air Suspension

The first to use a Y-shaped, high-strength steel design, the Twin Y Air Suspension provides excellent handling, offers a stable ride, and is up to 403 pounds lighter than its competitors.

Technical Achievement Award eligibility is based on a product’s or service’s ability to clearly exhibit technical innovation, have a wide applicability in the trucking industry, offer significant benefits, and be widely available. Complete vehicles are not eligible for the award.

“At a time when so many fleets are looking to reduce weight, we found the simple design of Mack’s Twin Y Air Suspension to be a significant achievement that can be easily implemented to increase payload and improve productivity,” said James Menzies, chairman of the TWNA Technical Achievement Award Committee.

Candidates for the Technical Achievement Award are nominated by the members of TWNA. A point system is used where each committee member ranks the candidates. Those with the highest scores are selected as finalists.

This year’s award presentation took place in Nashville, Tenn., this week at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. The Technical Achievement Award winner was selected by trucking journalists and committee members: Paul Abelson; John Baxter; Tom Berg; Peter Carter; Paul Hartley; James Menzies; and Jim Park.

Grote Industries was the first to win the Technical Achievement Award back in 1991 for their red LED marker light. Since then, Grote has sponsored the annual trophy. TWNA is a professional organization which includes writers, editors, public relations specialists, marketing personnel and others in the trucking industry information industry.

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