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MexLog Saddle

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MexLog, a company specializing in the initial delivery of semi-trucks from production to sales, requires a simpler, smaller, and lighter weight system for the transportation of modern semi trucks. MexLog currently uses two saddles: The FES saddle (Rhino) and combo saddle. The combo cannot be used in the US for highway trucks due to height.The Rhino weighs 2200 lbs and is roughly 24 ft long. Therefore, MexLog cannot ship back more than 18 saddles due to a 39,500 lb limit, which means MexLog has to spend more money to return saddles than anything else. The new proposed design is constructed with I-beams and the same material the Rhino is made from(carbon steel) but shortened by about 10 ft from the back beam of the Rhino to make it roughly 14.2 ft long. In addition, the design of the connection point has been changed to include the head of a combo saddle to the end of the beam. Furthermore, to reduce the high moment that the kingpin might experience, a support beam has been added to the rear end of the semi truck frame. The estimated total weight of the proposed design is 650 lbs, which allows MexLog to ship 60 saddles.

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MexLog Saddle

MexLog, a company specializing in the initial delivery of semi-trucks from production to sales, requires a simpler, smaller, and lighter weight system for the transportation of modern semi trucks. MexLog currently uses two saddles: The FES saddle (Rhino) and combo saddle. The combo cannot be used in the US for highway trucks due to height.The Rhino weighs 2200 lbs and is roughly 24 ft long. Therefore, MexLog cannot ship back more than 18 saddles due to a 39,500 lb limit, which means MexLog has to spend more money to return saddles than anything else. The new proposed design is constructed with I-beams and the same material the Rhino is made from(carbon steel) but shortened by about 10 ft from the back beam of the Rhino to make it roughly 14.2 ft long. In addition, the design of the connection point has been changed to include the head of a combo saddle to the end of the beam. Furthermore, to reduce the high moment that the kingpin might experience, a support beam has been added to the rear end of the semi truck frame. The estimated total weight of the proposed design is 650 lbs, which allows MexLog to ship 60 saddles.

 

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