IMI Norgren & Aktv8 Launch Revolutionary Intelligent Lift Axle Control System For Commercial Vehicles

SOUTH LYON, Michigan, May 9, 2017 — Motion and controls leader Norgren GT Development Corporation (IMI Precision Engineering), in conjunction with transportation technology company Aktv8 LLC, introduced the revolutionary iLift™ intelligent lift axle control system designed to autonomously deploy and proportionally control the lift axle, keeping trucks load-legal without driver intervention. The innovative iLift system was unveiled at Waste Expo 2017 today in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is on display at the IMI Norgren booth 4124.

“iLift™ is the perfect combination of Aktv8’s patented iAir® technology and the patented IMI Norgren LACM (Lift Axle Control Module) to deliver performance and peace of mind for fleets using lift axles,” said Aktv8 CEO Gary Meyers. “It brings smart technology and monitoring to the simple, but critically important life axle system, simultaneously improving performance, safety, and cost efficiency.”

Enabled by a patented electronic control module and a flexible software platform, iLift™ offers several industry firsts to commercial vehicle fleets and operators:

  1. Automatic lift and deploy for driver focus and consistency.
  2. Optimized load on drive axles for improved traction and braking.
  3. Overload alerts.
  4. Bluetooth configuration tool.

Lift axles today are critical to vehicle safety and performance. In the waste management industry alone there are more than 100,000 vehicles in operation.

“The IMI Norgren LACM has been sold for 10 years and has established a solid reputation as one of the highest reliability and fastest deploying lift axle valves in the market,” said IMI Norgren Director of Sales and Marketing Commercial Vehicles Rachel Lahr. “The addition of the iLift technology makes our system the clear innovation leader for the specialty vehicle market.”

IMI Precision Engineering is a world leader in motion and fluid control technologies. Wherever precision, speed and engineering reliability are essential; the company delivers exceptional solutions to improve the productivity and efficiency of customers’ equipment. Part of IMI plc, it has sales and service networks in 75 countries, as well as manufacturing capability in the USA, Germany, China, UK, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Mexico and Brazil. IMI Precision Engineering’s global centers of technical excellence and facilities provide CFD design and R&D testing. It employs a dedicated team of field engineers, sector specialists and key account managers – all committed to providing excellent customer service.

About Aktv8

Aktv8 LLC, located in South Lyon, Michigan, specializes in control systems and components for electronically adjustable suspensions to improve ride comfort, handling and safety for multiple markets. iLift™ is one several applications enabled by Aktv8’s iAir® technology. More information can be found at www.aktv8.com.

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