Mack first to offer stability protection for concrete customers

News Allen Zehyer, Managing Editor January 19, 2006
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Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown, Pa., announced at World of Concrete today that it now offers a new first-of-its-kind stability system--the Mack Road Stability Advantage by Bendix (Mack RSA)--for concrete customers. Designed to reduce incident potential and enhance profitability, the full electronic stability system is now available for mixer applications on the Mack Granite model, the best-selling heavy-duty Class * conventional straight truck in the U.S.

"We're very proud to be the first heavy-duty truck manufacturer to offer this technology to vocational customers," said Steve Ginter, Mack vocational products marketing manager. "Concrete customer demand for stability protection is strong because mixers, in general, are recognized to have a high center of gravity and carry dynamic loads."

Mack RSA uses the existing ABS wheel speed sensors, along with steering, yaw and lateral acceleration inputs, to deactivate the throttle and selectively apply the brakes in sharp curves, sudden lane changes or obstacle avoidance maneuvers, reducing the potential of a rollover.

"Engineering this technology for tractors is more straightforward," said Tom Kelly, Mack vice president of marketing. "But as a leader in the heavy-duty vocational truck market, we're committed to getting this technology in the hands of mixer and dump customers as soon as possible. We targeted mixers initially per customer demand. But we're working very hard with our partner Bendix on other vocational applications as well, to make the technology available across the board in the very near future."

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