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Have you considered your Undercarriage lately?

From cross members, suspensions, axles, landing gear and upper-couplers, air tanks, brackets and more – the undercarriage of trucks and trailers are faced with constant bombardment by moisture and debris, as well as exposure to road salts and de-icing materials. Specifying trucks and trailers for corrosion protection is critical to increasing longevity, durability, and reducing costs.

Click now to schedule your free system AnalysisToday’s exposure to de-icing chemicals, stone and gravel impingement; rain and snow all contribute to a destructive environment that requires innovative and advanced-technology coatings for proper rust and corrosion control. Corrosion has been a growing issue for the past decade or so, but has really become a major discussion point in the past seven to eight years. The corrosion problem has been exasperated, not just by the type of de-icing chemicals, but also by the amount being applied.

Not only are these chemicals being used when there is poor weather conditions, but road crews are applying de-icing chemicals to prevent ice build-up, resulting in more chemicals being used overall. As a result, we're seeing increased corrosion due to increased exposure.

Rust problems are accelerating, and feedback from customers indicates that it is a growing concern. Fleets and OEMs say that they are tired of the problems that corrosion creates, not to mention the impact on longevity, durability and cost. And undercarriage components like landing gear, suspensions and axles are located in the highest exposure zones.

Many fleets understand the problems associated with corrosion and are specifying vehicles to withstand the impact of these chemicals.

undercarriageTMC's corrosion protection matrix calls for eight years for heavy-duty tractors and trucks, 10 years for light- and medium-duty trucks, 16 years for trailers and converter dollies, 10 years for light-duty truck bodies, and 16 years for medium-duty truck bodies. TMC says corrosion protection for add-on components (liftgates, spare-tire holders, reefers, tool boxes, etc) should be based on the same numbers, and OEMs and suppliers should back up those corrosion performance levels with a 100% parts and labor warranty.

Build/engineer components and the vehicle as a whole for the worst-case corrosion scenario, we must assume the worst-case scenario. We need OEMs and component manufacturers to be more responsive in having protective coatings on vehicles so we don't have to do what we feel as users is unnecessary maintenance. We're replacing structural and non-structural components we never had to in the past because of extreme corrosion.

No doubt, if you are a component supplier, a Fleet company, or an owner operator – this strikes a chord with you. In fact, you are probably sick of hearing and talking about it. Well, you don’t have to any more.

If you are a component manufacturer (axles, suspensions, landing gear, tanks etc.) fill out your contact information on the homepage for a FREE systems analysis. We’ll be able to assess your current coating operation and advise on what we can do to help eliminate the corrosion problem while you stay focused on manufacturing your products.

Click now to schedule your free system AnalysisAnd if you represent a fleet company, or are an owner operator – Please let us know how you feel about the corrosion problem and how it has had an impact on your business. Syner-Co. International has a solution that will eliminate the corrosion problem – It’s time to “spec it” and have your OEM work with us to help you.

 

 

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