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OPTIMAAX & AIRTEK NXT on the New Cascadia

Release date: 10/29/2019

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Mark Slingluff
Director Global Marketing and Communications

Hendrickson Launches OPTIMAAX® & AIRTEK® NXT on the New Cascadia®

 ATLANTA (October 29, 2019) – Hendrickson announces the launch of OPTIMAAX® forward liftable tandem axle system and AIRTEK® NXT for the Freightliner® New Cascadia®.
The OPTIMAAX system is an innovative 6×2 solution designed to help fleets save fuel cost, tire wear and weight with comparable handling to 6×4 tandem axle configurations. Operating as a liftable axle in the forward tandem position, this system provides versatility for fleets with variable loads.  The fully automated control module eliminates driver intervention and allows the tractor to adapt to the requirements of the load; raising the axle when the additional capacity is not needed and lowering the axle to distribute the load evenly when required. 

OPTIMAAX also provides load equalization between the tandem axles when in the lowered position to ensure compliance.
In this same spirit of innovation, Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle System has developed the AIRTEK NXT next generation steer axle and air suspension system. AIRTEK NXT combines the STEERTEK™ NXT axle and air suspension technology with an advanced lightweight integrated clamp group design, which can save up to 65 lbs. over standard content, and assists in protecting drivers from road irregularities, providing a premium ride.  
OPTIMAAX is ideal for fleets in diminishing load applications, and when combined with AIRTEK NXT, fleets can further improve load capacity and help to enhance fuel efficiency.  In order to maximize the savings from OPTIMAAX Hendrickson recommends pairing the system with Hendrickson 13.3K AIRTEK NXT.
“This combination is a game changer for the 6x2 market” says Sean Whitfield director of marketing for Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems.  “The weight, fuel, and tire savings offered by OPTIMAAX when paired with the AIRTEK NXT front suspension will really enable fleets managers to see operational savings for diminishing load applications without the compromises associated with traditional 6x2 configurations,” added Whitfield.

Available in 20,000 lb. capacity, OPTIMAAX will be available at Freightliner beginning in early 2020 and AIRTEK NXT is available now at 12,500 and 13,300 lb. capacities on the Freightliner New Cascadia.
For additional information on OPTIMAAX & AIRTEK NXT, please contact Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems at 630-910-2800 or

Hendrickson, a Boler company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of medium- and heavy-duty mechanical, elastomeric and air suspensions; integrated and non-integrated axle and brakes systems; tire pressure control systems; auxiliary lift axle systems; parabolic and multi-leaf springs; stabilizers; bumpers; and components to the global commercial transportation industry. Hendrickson, based in Woodridge, Ill., USA, continues to meet the needs of the transportation industry for more than 100 years. Visit Hendrickson at