GKN Rolls Out New Range


GKN Wheels, which makes off highway wheels for sectors including mining, construction, industrial and agriculture, has announced the launch of its Profi-Hub range.

The company said the Profi-Hub series delivers increased carrying capacity together with significantly longer service life, improved performance and simpler servicing.

Commenting on the launch, Brad Layne, GKN Wheel’s Hub Systems Product engineer said:“The new range is an evolution of our proven 871 and 873 hub systems, with the re-design providing improved features, capabilities and value. The new Profi-Hub systems deliver a great combination of improved strength and carrying capacity, with hubs capable of carrying load requirements up to 15,700 pounds.

Following testing the Profi-Hub systems have demonstrated a two and a half times bearing life improvement. With a design patent pending on the new design, the systems have been designed for a minimum of 20,000 miles service at 20 miles per hour. Serviceability has also been improved, with a recessed grease fitting meaning there will be much less field damage and improving fitting access.

The re-design has also enabled the system’s casting weight to be reduced by 15 pounds, improving the carbon footprint of each hub manufactured by 30 pounds of carbon dioxide.

GKN Wheel’s hub manufacturing facility and customer service support team are in Armstrong, Iowa, with design and testing taking place in Woodridge, Illinois. The facilities combine to provide a dedicated and comprehensive wheel and hub facility for customers across North America and further afield, the company said.

For more details, visit www.gknwheelsandstructures.com.

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