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New at Bauma Shanghai 2014

GKN Land Systems is launching a new inverted slip design range of 5C-10C driveshafts for the construction and mining industry, which will be seen for the first time at Bauma 2014.


The range has been developed by linking existing, proven GKN off-highway technologies from its market-leading Mechanics Series® U-Joints range with inverted slip and shaft design expertise from engineers across the GKN group.

Ben Ravenscroft, Product Specialist for GKN Land Systems, states: “The range is a natural evolution of existing GKN product innovation with new features and benefits to offer significant advantages to customers in the off-highway market. In the main these improvements will reduce the need for servicing and maintenance, and maximize uptime and productivity.

“Rockford Mechanics Series® engineers in the USA and Cardan Shaft engineers in Italy have collaborated on this step-change product range through the recent global realignment of the GKN Land Systems business. This allows us to share expertise from different market sectors more easily to offer something new to customers.”

Key features of the range are the service free design, which is achieved through optimization of the spline geometry, optimization of the spline grease for off-highway loads and temperatures and advanced slip seals. Specialized design of the splined components has allowed for increased length compensation. Finally, improved balancing characteristics allow for a smoother running shaft, thereby improving operator comfort.

The overall design of the new range, with increased standard slip length, refined profile and more compact dimensioning, reduces the metal content of the driveshaft, making it lighter allowing for easier installation and service whilst optimizing the weight distribution of any vehicle and balancing loads more evenly as a result.

With standardized components, the availability of multi-sized options and like-for-like replacement for retrofitting purposes, GKN Land Systems continues to deliver dedicated products and solutions that meet the demands of challenging working environments.

See more of the new range on GKN Land Systems’ stand Hall N4: 100 during the show. Further information of the new products is available on the Internet at